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The Department of Plankton and Microbial Ecology at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) invites applications for the position of a data scientist to strengthen our research on the structure and functioning of freshwaters and their responses to global environmental change. Located on a large clear-water lake one hour north of the German capital, Berlin, the department is fully equipped for field and lab work and stands out by its long-term data series on lakes, cutting-edge tools for data acquisition, and a unique lake enclosure facility.

We look forward to recruiting a creative scientist focusing on the analysis of large data sets to advance understanding of freshwater ecosystems and predictions of responses to environmental change. This involves close collaboration with multiple data contributors and other scientists at IGB as well as engagement in international networks. Assets facilitating this research include comprehensive long-term data sets on lakes, experimental data acquired during large-scale enclosure experiments, and high-frequency data collected in situ during both experiments and long-term observations.

Your opportunities

  • Establishment of an independent group developing an innovative research program
  • Focus on comprehensive long-term and experimental data sets on lakes, which include high-resolution and high-frequency data
  • Engagement in collaborative research, including in international initiatives such as GLEON
  • Further development of lake monitoring programs, data management and quality control


Your profile

  • Doctoral degree in quantitative ecology, biostatistics, aquatic or environmental sciences, geophysics, or a related field
  • Profound expertise in data analyses with advanced statistics
  • Programming skills (e.g. Python, R, C++, SQL)
  • Interest in developing A.I. approaches
  • Excitement to collaborate in a team of aquatic scientists with diverse backgrounds
  • Preferably experience in working with large data sets and in database management
  • Strong publication track record commensurate with career stage


Our offer

We offer an interesting position with a long-term perspective in a dynamic international scientific environment. The working language is English. We have flat hierarchies, encourage active participation, and provide high individual freedom, enabling scientists to develop their creativity to the best of their abilities.

The position is full time. It is based at IGB’s department of Plankton and Microbial Ecology 80 km north of Berlin. Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund E14). IGB’s tenure-track involves contracts of initially three plus three years. Decisions on tenure are based on clear criteria available on IGB’s website.

We foster career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. Given our commitment to diversity, we welcome all applications, regardless of gender and gender identity, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and physical disabilities, age or sexual orientation. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Various measures are in place at IGB to support gender equality, some of which are specifically targeted to female tenure-track and tenured scientists. We support the reconciliation of work and family life. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application as a single PDF file, including a motivation letter, complete CV, publication list, copies of relevant degrees and contact details of three references by 6 January 2023. Please apply via our recruitment platform at, stating the job reference number 17/2022. Any questions can be directed to Mark Gessner (


“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 address 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 around the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and on Lake Stechlin in 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.