Project leader/postdoc in Aquatic Ecology (m/f/d)

For the department Ecosystem Research of IGB in Berlin-Friedrichshagen at Lake Müggelsee we are inviting applications for the position of a project leader/postdoc in Aquatic Ecology for 37 months, starting as of 1st February 2021.

We search for a highly motivated young researcher who is interested in leading the scientific part of a project on the impact of management measures on the re-establishment of charophytes in North-Eastern German hardwater lakes. The project is funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. Management measures (mainly fish removal) have started to be applied in about 30 lakes in 2020. Besides addressing the project-specific tasks, we encourage the postdoc to develop a research program on project-related topics.

Your tasks

  • Monitoring the success of management measures regarding water quality, macrophytes and fish in ~30 lowland lakes
  • Macrophyte mapping and gillnet fishing
  • Data exchange, collaboration and mutual support within the Chara-lakes consortium
  • Development of a decision support scheme for charophyte re-establishment in temperate hardwater lakes
  • Development of a research program on project-related topics
  • Scientific publication of results

Your profile

  • Motivation to develop your own scientific profile while working within the Chara-lakes project
  • Interest in ecosystem research
  • Master of Science/University Diploma in (aquatic) ecology, limnology, environmental sciences or related fields
  • PhD obtained during the last 4 years
  • Competitive record of scientific publications
  • Experience with field work in aquatic systems
  • Knowledge of macrophyte species including charophytes
  • Knowledge of temperate lake fish species
  • Willingness to interact with local stakeholders
  • Working languages are German (with stakeholders) and English
  • Driving license for cars

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. We foster flat hierarchies and active participation. We allow maximum individual freedom, enabling everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund). The position is not suited for part-time work except for job-sharing tandems. It is a fixed-term position, limited to 37 months.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life. Applicants are treated equally regardless of gender. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications of severely disabled persons with equal qualification will be given priority.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter with motivation statement, CV, certificates/references) by 14.12.2020. Please state the job reference number [filled out by the HR office] and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to Dr. Sabine Hilt by phone (+49 30 641 81 677) or by e-mail (

“Research for the future of our freshwaters” is the mission of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). The IGB is Germany’s largest and one of the leading international research centres for freshwaters. We seek to understand the fundamental processes governing freshwaters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle global environmental changes and to develop measures for sustainable water management. The IGB is a diverse and inspiring place to work and conduct research. We promote individual development at every career level and stand for lively exchange and cooperation. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin (Brandenburg). IGB closely collaborates with numerous national and international universities and other partners in science and society and is a member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 96 independent public research institutes in Germany.

Hintergrundbild: (c) Andreas Müller