The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. ( together with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Potsdam, and the other partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB, have formed a consortium to implement a major new interdisciplinary research initiative, the “Bridging in Biodiversity Science” ( project funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF).

Within the work package “Rural-urban coupling”, the IZW, together with its partner, the Technical University Berlin (TUB), seek to fill the following position:

1 ecological modeler/ quantitative ecologist,

with focus on spatial analyses (postdoc) – IZW & TU Berlin

Tasks: The research initiative will focus on quantifying and modelling the biodiversity impacts of human-mediated ecological processes and socioeconomic drivers, investigating processes at the expanding human-wildlife interface. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher keen to work in the fields of urban ecology, spatial modelling and simulation. The goal of the project will be to develop joint species distribution models (flora, fauna) from various sources (observations, telemetry data, census data), and to link these models to urban and rural matrix heterogeneity and patch configuration.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a strong expertise in spatial statistics, hierarchical modelling, and joint species distribution modelling, handling various sources of data bias. A sound knowledge in geographic information systems (GIS) and programming (e.g., Python, R) is required. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree, have proven strong publication skills and should be able to work independently. Organisational skills, high motivation and the willingness to work as part of a team within an interdisciplinary project are essential.

Applications and working environment: We offer state-of-the-art methodology and a stimulating research environment within an interdisciplinary, collaborative context. The position is limited to 1 year and starts latest on April 1st, 2018, with salary according to TVöD (100% for postdoc). As a member of the Leibniz Association the IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages women to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications. Enquiries or questions should be directed to: Dr Stephanie Kramer-Schadt (

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