Senckenberg Research Institute Job offer ref. # 11-19001

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the 
Leibniz Association and is  based  in  Frankfurt  am  Main,  Germany. SGN  
conducts  natural  history  research  with  almost  800 employees  and  
research  institutions  in  six  federal states.  Within  SGN,  the Senckenberg 
 Biodiversity and  Climate  Research  Centre  (SBiK-F)  explores  the  
interactions  between  biodiversity,  climate,  and society. 

Senckenberg BiK-F invites applications for a PostDoc position (m/f/d) 
"Human-carnivore coexistence across borders" (full time).

The  transfer  of  evidence-based  information  to  society  is  essential  for 
 human-carnivore  coexistence, because knowledge is a key factor in 
conservation debates.
In the context of the project “Transfer of evidence-based and co-produced 
Knowledge for Human-Wolf Coexistence  –  KnowWolf”,  funded  by  the  Leibniz  
Association,  we  plan  to  tackle  three  challenges  in science communication 
to society: i) media literacy, ii) science literacy and iii) emotional 
barriers. The aim  of  the  postdoctoral  position  is  to  overcome  these  
barriers  by  developing  models  of  social-ecological  sustainability  that  
will  be  implemented in  a  modular  tablet  application  as  an  innovative, 
immersive and adaptive interface between science and society, focused on 
human-wolf coexistence. In collaboration with a diverse team of scientists and 
communication experts of the KnowWolf project, the  candidate  will  actively  
contribute  to  the  design,  the  development  and  the  implementation  of  
the application,  by  i)  designing  interactive  analyses  of  social  survey  
implemented  in  the  application,  ii)developing  choice  experiments  related 
 to  wolf  management  in  different  countries  and  iii)  developing models 
of social-ecological suitability in different human-wolf coexistence contexts. 
With data collected during  the  project,  the  candidate  will  examine  
questions  related  to  public  perceptions  and  emotions towards   wolves   
in   different   contexts   of   coexistence,   identify   potential   drivers  
 of   human-wolf coexistence,  and  evaluate  the  performance  of  adaptive  
information  content  for  knowledge  transfer focused on the wolf topic.

Your tasks: 
•     Develop adaptive social-ecological models of suitability for human-wolf 
coexistence in different contexts (i.e. within and outside Europe) 
•     Collaborate with KnowWolf team to design choice experiments related to 
wolf management 
•     Extend   KnowWolf’s   network   of   collaborators   to   document  
management   options   in the countries where the DTT will be implemented, to 
optimize management choice experiments 
•     Cooperate   with   a   Digital   Agency   to   implement   the   
social-ecological   models, choice experiments and games in the DTT 
•     Contribute to KnowWolf project management: strategic planning,  meetings, 
promotion, implementation, reporting 
•     Analyse  results  of  the  social  surveys  across  contexts  of 
coexistence and evaluate the performance of the knowledge transfer in relation 
to the adaptive information content  
•     Publish research results in international journals in cooperation with 
the project team

Your profile: 
•     A  PhD  degree  in  ecological  modelling,  ecology,  interdisciplinary  
environmental  science, environmental   management,   sustainability,   social  
 ecology,   conservation,   psychology  or another relevant field 
•     Interest in carnivore ecology and human-wildlife conflicts 
•     Programming  skills  (R,  Matlab,  Phython  or  similar) with  abilities  
to  develop  statistical  models are required 
•     Familiarity  with  Shiny  R,  JavaScript  or  equivalent  tools  for  
designing  web  applications  of statistical analyses is advantageous 
•     Experience  in  developing  or  applying  social-ecological  models,  
population  models,  choice experiments is advantageous 
•     Excellent publication record 
•     Excellent English language skills 
•     German language skills are advantageous 
•     Experience in working in an interdisciplinary environment

What is awaiting you? 
•     An interesting task in a dynamic team of researchers in an international 
research group 
•     The possibility to build and extend your network with scientists at an 
international level and to attend national and international conferences 
•     Flexible working hours – annual special payment – company pension scheme 
– Senckenberg ID card for free entry in museums in Frankfurt 

Salary and benefits are according to a full time public service position in 
Germany (TV-H E 13, 100 %). The position is a 2-year fixed-term post (with a 
possible extension of another year), starting as soon as possible.
This project takes place in the group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller 
( For scientific enquiries, please contact Dr. 
Ugo Arbieu (

The  Senckenberg  Biodiversity  and  Climate  Research  Centre  supports  equal 
 opportunity  of  men  and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. 
Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given  preference.  The place 
of work is in Frankfurt am Main at the Senckenberg  Biodiversity  and Climate  
Research  Centre  (SBiK-F).  The  employer  is  the  Senckenberg  Gesellschaft  
für  Natur-forschung.
Please  send  your  application,  mentioning  the  reference  of  this  job  
offer  (ref.  #11-19001)  before February  17th,  2019 (deadline)  by  e-mail  
(attachment  in  a  single  pdf  document)  and  including  a cover  letter  
describing  your  motivation  to  apply,  a  detailed  CV, relevant  
credentials  and  certificates, two relevant publications, and contact details 
of two potential references to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung  
Senckenberganlage 25  
60325 Frankfurt am Main  

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