The effect of field arrangements on pest development in agricultural landscapes (master’s project)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V.


We are looking for a motivated young environmental scientist for developing a master’s project in the context of pest and diseases in agricultural landscapes. This project aims at investigating how agricultural landscape features influences the dispersion, distribution and spread of pests. This knowledge will be used to develop a spatially explicit model to estimate the potential effects of landscape structure on crop yield losses. Furthermore, a risk assessment of crop pest and disease spread will be developed at a regional and local levels. This task will involve monitoring the distribution and movement of model species in the field (e.g., crop, forest, grassland) and in laboratory experiments. This is an interdisciplinary project and involves knowledge on ecology, agronomy, geographic information system and modelling techniques.

The position is associated with the DAKIS (Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System), funded under the umbrella of the BMBF “Agricultural systems of the future” program. Our vision is that agricultural systems of the future can be spatially differentiated and functionally diversified by automated small-scale production systems, and tailored to society's needs for marketable goods as well as non-marketable goods through new, innovative information and management systems. Work will be conducted in Münchenberg, in association with the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and the University of Potsdam.


  • Insect entomology
  • Mark-resight and mark-recapture
  • Data analysis

Your Qualifications:

  • Very good Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, or related field
  • In-depth knowledge of insect identification methods
  • Knowledge of and experience in field and lab work methods and etiquette
  • Experience with statistical analyses
  • Physically willing and able to spend 8-10 hrs/day outside for 4-5 days/wk
  • Good writing skills in English and interest in publishing thesis work
  • Great organisation and communication skills
  • Applicants should generally be interested in biodiversity in the context of crop protection

Applicants are required to submit the following documents via e-mail:

  • Motivation letter (0,5 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short summary of bachelor thesis (max. 1 page)

We offer:

  • Compensation for travel and work needed for field and lab work
  • An interdisciplinary and collegial working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V.
Forschungsplattform „Modelle & Simulation“
Eberswalder Straße 84
15374 Müncheberg
Dr. Claas Nendel
+49 33432 82 355
+49 33432 82 334
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