PostDoc Position within the EU H2020 project POSHBEE

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Within the EU H2020 project POSHBEE - Pan-european assessment, monitoring, and mitigation Of Stressors on the Health of BEEs – we are seeking to fill a position for a highly motivated PostDoc (m/f) on assessing the impacts of multiple stressors on health and resilience of managed and wild bees in European agricultural landscapes

Working time 100 % (39 h / week), fixed-term appointment 2 years, possibility of extension for another year

Your tasks:

  • Landscape characterisation of selected European field sites using GIS and remote sensing data
  • Assessment of local wild bee community structure and resource availability
  • Work with sentinel bee hives/colonies/nests of managed and wild social and solitary bees in selected field sites
  • Statistical analyses of direct, indirect and interacting effects of multiple stressors (agrochemicals, pathogens, nutritional status) on the health and resilience of managed and wild bees
  • Synthesise general patterns and mechanisms of multiple stressors on bee health and resilience at the European scale
  • High-quality scientific outputs

Your profile:

  • PhD in biology, ecology, geoecology, or a related discipline
  • Experience in biology/ecology of bees
  • Experience in handling bee hives/colonies/nests is advantageous
  • Theoretical background in population and landscape ecology
  • Additional experience in macroecology and synthesis work is advantageous
  • Working knowledge in GIS analyses
  • Strong background in modern statistical analyses and ecological modelling
  • Good command of the statistical environment R
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

We offer:

  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams and excellent links with national and international research networks
  • A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life
  • Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
  • Remuneration up to the  TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 including attractive public-sector social security benefits

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2018
For further information please see Helmholtz web site.