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Postdoc in Aquatic Food-web and Ecosystem Modelling, IGB-Berlin

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB www.igb-berlin.de) is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position (see below). The ecosystem modeler position is in the frame of a larger project studying the effect of "skyglow" on aquatic ecosystem and is mainly linked to the large mescocosm experiments (www.lake-lab.de) at Lake Stechlin. For full consideration applications are best received by 20 February 2016.
 
Postdoc in Aquatic Food-web and Ecosystem Modelling
 
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join us in a collaborative project addressing ecological effects of light pollution on lakes. The focus is on skyglow and lake dimming by coloured DOC, two emerging features of global change that may disrupt ecological relationships, with skyglow never before experienced in evolutionary history. The successful candidates will join an international team of 20 senior scientists, postdocs and PhD students involved in planning, conducting and analysing experiments at IGB’s LakeLab, a unique large-scale infrastructure to study impacts of global environmental change in realistic conditions (www.lake-lab.de).
 
Light influences lake ecosystems at various levels, from direct effects on primary production to indirect effects caused by changes in mixing patterns and temperature regimes as well as behavioural responses of zooplankton and fish. Therefore, an integrative modelling approach is needed to investigate how changes in light regimes will impact community dynamics and energy flow. Thus, the project aims at developing a conceptual framework and mathematical models describing direct and indirect effects of skyglow and lake dimming by DOC on plankton community structure and energy flow through both the standard grazing food chain and the microbial loop.
 
We are seeking to recruit a dedicated postdoc with demonstrated expertise in ecological modelling. The ideal candidate has a strong mathematical background and a solid understanding of ecological concepts, combining experience in aquatic food-web and/or ecosystem modelling with an interest in confronting ecological theory and models with experimental data. Research experience in trophic relationships and the general ecology of pelagic ecosystems is particularly useful, although not a strict requirement.
 
Funding for the position is currently available for 2 years. An extension is possible, depending on performance and funding. Salary is according to the standard rates of German federal government employees. This includes full fringe benefits. The position is primarily based at IGB’s Department of Experimental Limnology located on Lake Stechlin 80 km north of Berlin. However, effective exchange with the project partners requires regular stays in Berlin.
 
Please upload your complete application (CV, motivation letter, statement of research interests, copies of qualification documents, list of published or submitted papers, contact details of 3 references) at http://www.igb-berlin.de/job-offers.html. Review of applications will start shortly and will continue until the position has been filled. However, applications are best received by 20 February 2016 for full consideration. The starting date is anticipated in spring 2016. For further enquiries, please contact Franz Hölker (hoelker@igb-berlin.de) or Mark Gessner (gessner@igb-berlin.de).

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