A five-year research post is offered at the Fisheries Research station of the Agricultural center for cattle, grassland, dairy, game and fisheries of Baden-Württemberg (LAZBW) in Langenargen, Germany.
River engineering works, such as water power plants or alterations for flood control, heavily impact freshwater ecosystems and fish populations. In addition, climate change, new fish diseases, and invasive species offer further challenges to native fish stocks.
For these reasons, it is becoming more and more challenging to conserve or establish self-sustaining populations of highly endangered fish species but also to preserve relatively intact fish stocks at natural levels that support fisheries and maintain ecosystem functions. It is thus imperative to identify and rank effective and long-lasting fisheries management options.
This is where the outlined project jumps in, and the researcher is required to apply advanced ecological modeling techniques to address two main objectives. First, extensive time series of fishing records and accompanying environmental information should be analyzed to identify management options that support and improve populations of long- and mid- distance migratory fish species, especially Atlantic salmon.
Afterwards, this ranking should be used as a blue print to evaluate possible protection measures for other endangered migratory fish species in the area. Second, population and ecosystem modelling should be used to evaluate the effects of invasive species in selected systems. A rich time series dataset describing fish population and other ecosystem characteristics is available to support this effort.
The results will be used to support local fisheries managers in their efforts to protect lendemic fish species as well as to preserve a sustainable use of the local fish stocks for commercial fishermen and anglers.
Results will be submitted in a final project report. Intermediate results should be published in scientific literature and also be presented regularly at scientific and public meetings.
Remuneration will be according to the public sector salary regulations for the state of Baden-Württemberg’s (TV-L), and depends upon personal experience and qualifications according to the TV-L 14 pay scale (€ 4419 – € 5027 monthly).
Full benefits are included in accordance with the German public service system, such as 30 days annual vacation, health insurance, and inclusion in Germany’s state retirement system.
Start date: Work will commence as soon as possible.
The position will be located at the Fisheries Research Station in Langenargen, a town on the shores of Lake Constance. The town has full amenities and several larger cities nearby offer more access to shopping, cultural experiences, and travel hubs.
The research station currently has a team of around 20 scientists and technical workers, including several postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. As a state research agency, efforts are focused on basic and applied research that can directly inform the conservation and management of fishery resources.
Further information about recent research carried out at the institution, including a list of publications, can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexander-Brinker.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Review of applications will begin on 25.06.2021.
Please send applications (full academic CV, preferably: names of three reputations, one or two representative publication) marked with the relevant reference number 0823/LAZBW/3505 to:
Ministerium für Ernährung, Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz Baden-Württemberg
- Personalreferat -
Postfach 10 34 44
or via email, with the relevant reference number 0823/LAZBW/3505 as the e-mail subject (as one document formatted as pdf or tif, max. 3 MB) to: