PhD position in Ecology and Conservation

Nationalpark Berchtesgaden


Thesis´s project

Berchtesgaden National Park comprises a large diversity of habitats including forest and open habitats which typically align along an elevational gradient. Within the forest belt natural disturbances, such as avalanches, bark beetle outbreaks, wind storms or rock slides, create temporary openings in the forest which then undergo natural succession. In addition, anthropogenic grasslands used as pastures represent permanent open habitats within the forest belt. The topic of the Thesis is to study changes in the composition of species communities and ecosystem processes along temporal (i.e. succession) and spatial (i.e. ecotones) gradients of habitat transitions. Biodiversity assessments will include a broad range of trophic levels including fungi, plants, insects and vertebrates. More general, the results from this study will help to understand how changes habitats caused by natural or anthropogenic drivers affects communities and processes and will help to guide conservation and land-use management decisions.

Your tasks include the installation of research sites, the collection of data in the field and laboratory, data analyses and writing. Berchtesgaden National Park will be the employer and place of work will be Berchtesgaden. The PhD program will be part of the graduate school of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and you will be affiliated with the Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group ( at TUM.

Our offer

  • You have the opportunity to develop a profile as an ecologist with a broad scope bridging basic and applied ecology.
  • Our interdisciplinary research team offers a stimulating working environment.
  • A salary in accordance to TV-L E13 (65 %) for three years.
  • Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.

Your profile

  • Full university degree (Diploma/M.Sc.) in in biology, ecology, forest science, environmental planning or a related discipline.
  • Interest in community ecology and conservation.
  • Sound knowledge in scientific programming (preferably R).
  • Fluent in English, in reading and writing.
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to conduct field work also in steep terrain.
  • Drivers license for cars (valid in Germany).
Nationalpark Berchtesgaden
Doktorberg 6
83471 Berchtesgaden
Dr. Sebastian Seibold
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