Job announcement (Kiel University)
PhD position
Deadline: 31.01.2017
The Department of Landscape Ecology at Kiel University successfully acquired
funding from the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) for an applied
research project about the regulation of common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea
L.) by its natural antagonists. For this project we are seeking an
outstanding and highly motivated student to work on the three main topics of
this project: (i) Evaluating the effectiveness of the introduction of
antagonists, e. g. Tyria jacobaea and Longitarsus jacobaeae, in the
regulation of common ragwort; (ii) assessment of the potential of additional
insect species to regulate common ragwort; (iii) analysing the effects of
landscape structure on the occurrence of antagonists in Senecio jacobaeae
stands. All research questions aim at broadening the management options of
landowners in the face of increasing and spreading populations of Senecio
 The position will consist of establishing research sites in
Schleswig-Holstein, conducting arthropod sampling and identification,
conducting herbivory experiments, digitizing and analysing landscapes,
supervising undergraduate students, analysing data and writing papers.

As such, we are looking for candidates with field work experience, strong
quantitative skills and a demonstrated ability to write and ideally publish
in English. A good knowledge of the German language is essential as the
project is part of a general research strategy on Senecio jacobaeae, which
involves several German stakeholders, e.g. Stiftung Naturschutz
Schleswig-Holstein and Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche
Räume (LLUR) , and field work will take place in Germany.

Minimum qualifications required:
•       Candidates must have obtained their M.Sc. in ecology, biology,
environmental science, agricultural science or a related field by the
appointment start date
•       Fluency in German is essential
•       Statistical and programming skills - preferably in R - are essential
•       Familiarity with GIS, especially landscape analyses
•       Demonstrated writing skills in English
•       Very good identification skills for at least one relevant arthropod 
•       driving licence class B
Additional Qualifications
•       Familiarity with plant identification and taxonomy

The appointment is until February 29th 2020. Compensation according to
public tariff (65 % E 13 TV-L).
Kiel University is an equal opportunity employer and aims to increase the
number of women in research and teaching. Applications by women are
particularly welcome, and, in cases of equal aptitude, ability and
professional performance, preference in hiring will be given to women.
The University supports the employment of disabled persons. Persons with
disabilities will, with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes, be
employed preferentially. Applications by people with a migration background
are particularly welcomed to apply. 

Applications should be send by email to with
subject “PhD position Senecio Anatgonists”. Applications should include a
letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if
available), copies of certificates, and the names and addresses of two
individuals able to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications for the
position. All documents (except certificates) should be written in English
and merged into a single pdf file. Please refrain from submitting
application photos.
The application deadline is January 31st, 2017. Starting date is March 1st,
Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. John Herrmann:, to PD Dr. Tobias W. Donath or Prof. Dr. Tim

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