PhD position in Ornithology (E13 TV-L, 50%)

The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Germany is offering a PhD position in Ornithology (E13 TV-L, 50%)

The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (SMNS) is one of the largest research museums in Germany dedicated to studying and documenting the “Evolution of Organisms and Ecosystems”. One focus of research within the Ornithology group is on the evolution of life-history strategies in the Anthropocene.

The doctoral student (m/f/d) is expected to scientifically engage in a project entitled “Population dynamics and behaviour of Greylag Geese (Anser anser) in an urban habitat”. The focus of the current project is on dispersal biology and the development of social networks in Greylag Geese over a period of 20 years since the first introduction of this species in Stuttgart. An extensive resighting database of individually ringed geese with known life history traits is available for analysis. Another part of the work will be the description of genetic dynamics of this steadily increasing population. In addition, the topic may be expanded according to specific research interests of the candidate and may include fieldwork. The project is supervised by Dr. Friederike Woog (Department of Zoology). A small proportion of working time may be dedicated to museum-specific tasks.

The successful candidate is expected to have

  • an M.Sc./Diploma degree or equivalent in biology with a focus in ornithology
  • good computer and English skills; German language skills are an asset
  • both experience and interest in the statistical analysis of large datasets
  • experience with DNA analyses (e.g., microsatellites, barcoding)
  • the ability to work both independently (including field work) and in a team
  • organizational skills and flexibility
  • a publication record
  • a class B German driver’s license or equivalent

Please note: The applicant must enroll in a doctoral program at a university to obtain the appropriate degree (subject to university-specific conditions).

In turn we offer:

  • the opportunity to pursue your academic career in an internationally renowned research museum
  • intensive academic and personal mentoring
  • an attractive workplace in the center of Stuttgart
  • flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • benefits from occupational health management
  • support to publish and present research results at national and international conferences and workshops

The salary is based on the German civil service salary scale E13 (TV-L, 50%). The position is limited to three years. Please send your application including your CV, contact information of two references, a list of publications, past research experience and your particular research interests in relation to the current project exclusively online (in one file, max 5 MB) to doktorand [dot] zoologie [at] smns-bw [dot] de by April 23, 2019. Please note that your incoming data will not be automatically encrypted. For further information, please contact Friederike Woog: Tel. 0049-(0)711/8936-253 or 8936-2952; friederike [dot] woog [at] smns-bw [dot] de.

The SMNS is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, tolerance and excellence. Preference will be given to applicants with severe disabilities if equally qualified. 

Stuttgart,  March 27, 2019

Prof. Dr. Johanna Eder
Director