PhD position: Effects of silvicultural interventions on biodiversity - New methods allow new insights

Ökologische Station Fabrikschleichach der Universität Würzburg


In forests, social debates about interventions are steadily increasing, including court rulings on interventions in Natura 2000 forests.

This discussion includes both measures following disturbance events, as well as conventional logging operations as part of silvicultural management.

However, there is a lack of clear evidence of consequences of different management measures on biodiversity due to a lack of experimental approaches.

The aim of the proposed research project is therefore to investigate effects of different silviculture interventions in an experimental design in the University Forest Sailershausen and the Bavarian Forest Nationalpark on different aspects of biodiversity, ranging from individual stress response in insects, to diversity of hyperdivers insect communities, to sound diversity of breeding birds.

Here many new methods as monamin level identification for stress measurement in insects, metabarcoding for identification of hyper-diverse communities or continuous sound diversity recording, are available nowadays opening new avenues for biodiversity assessment.

PhD position:

Effects of silvicultural interventions on biodiversity - New methods allow new insights

In this framework, the Ecological Fieldstation Fabrikschleichach of the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Ecology, in collaboration with the department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology, both at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, offers a PhD position for an excellent and highly motivated candidate with interests in biodiversity and forest ecology.

The PhD candidate will have to coordinate the samplings in both location, the University Forest Sailershausen and Bavarian Forest Nationalpark, supervising the lab work on insect samples and will analyses the stress response under the supervision of Dr. Markus Thamm.


Job requirements:

  • MSc degree in biodiversity, biology, forestry or a related discipline
  • background in insect diversity or birds
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • very good organisational skills
  • interest in field and lab work
  • driving licence class B
  • experience in the analysis of biodiversity data would be an asset,
  • among other things

Remuneration will be based on the "Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder" (Collective Agreement for the Public Service of German Federal States, TV-L, 65% FTE).

The contract will be limited to 31.10.2024 and may be renewed on expiry. The intended starting date is 1st November 2021. Severely handicapped applicants will be given preferential consideration when equally qualified.

The University of Würzburg is an equal opportunity employer. As such, we explicitly encourage applications from qualified women. The place of employment is Fabrikschleichach or Grafenau, Germany.

Your application should include a cover letter that outlines your motivation and suitability for the position, a detailed CV with a list of publications, the names and addresses of two referees, and photocopies of educational transcripts.

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, per e-mail to

The closing date for applications is 25th September 2021.

Please do not send any original documents to us; only send photocopies. As we need to save costs, we will not be able to return your documents to you. They will be shredded shortly after a hiring decision has been made. If you enclose a postage-paid return envelope, we will return your application documents to you three months after a hiring decision has been made.

96181, 94481 Fabrikschleichach, Grafenau
Ökologische Station Fabrikschleichach der Universität Würzburg
Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie (Zoologie III)
Glashüttenstr. 5
96181 Rauhenebrach
Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller
0931 3183378
0931 3183089
Waldbau und Biodiversität
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