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The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries ( is the largest freshwater ecology research institute in Germany. It is a member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. and the Leibniz-Association ( The FVB manages eight large research institutes in Berlin that have close links to all three universities in the German capital.


The Department Experimental Limnology of IGB is offering a


PhD Position

(The greenhouse gas footprint of urban aquatic systems),


which is integrated in the interdisciplinary research training group “Urban Water Interfaces“(UWI) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The aim of the joined project of Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) and the IGB is to educate engineers and scientist together and to achieve a new quality of general process understanding in urban aquatic systems.    

The project builds on recent assessments of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the city of Berlin to assess the GHG footprint of a large metropolitan area. The project aims to enhance an existing emission database on 30 water bodies, extend it to additional natural and technical aquatic systems, and develop a spatially explicit emission flux model. A mix of established and new technologies will be used, which could involve remote sensing by drones and other methods not currently used on a routine basis. Collaborations within the Research Training Group are envisaged with subprojects on microbial communities responsible for gas fluxes, hydrology, technical systems, and modelling. Please see for further details.

We are seeking to recruit a creative researcher who enjoys working in an interdisciplinary team. The successful candidate holds a university degree (Master or equivalent) in aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental science or engineering, earth science or a related field. The candidate should be interested in linking empirical and modelling approaches. The specific focus of the project will depend on the expertise and interests of the selected candidate. Advisors: Prof. Mark Gessner (IGB, TUB), Dr. Peter Casper (IGB), Dr. Gabriel Singer (IGB). The position is based at IGB’s Department of Experimental Limnology on Lake Stechlin, 1 hour north of Berlin, but frequent visits to Berlin are necessary.

Salary is paid according to the civil service pay scale (TVöD; 75% position). The duration of employment is limited to 3 years. In keeping with IGB's policy on gender equality, women are particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.


For further information, please contact Drs. Casper, Singer or Gessner (, singer@igb-berlin,

Please upload your complete application (CV, cover letter indicating research interests and experience, and the name and contact details of two references) via the IGB’s online-job-platform at (button “Apply online”). For full consideration, applications should be received by 15 September 2018.