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The Department of Community and Ecosystem Ecology at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) invites applications for the position of a Spatial Ecologist to strengthen research on understanding the structure and functioning of inland water ecosystems as a basis for their sustainable management. The department stands out by its innovative, integrated approaches to analyse biodiversity patterns across scales and ecosystem boundaries.

We look forward to recruiting a creative and engaged scientist to extent IGB’s spatial ecological expertise in large-scale spatially explicit research on freshwater ecosystems and their management. An important focus of the institute involves research on the effects of climate, land-use change and urbanisation on biodiversity, community composition and ecosystem functioning of aquatic systems. We are committed to open science, and this position aims at advancing data science including novel ways to analyse, process and share ecological research data across aquatic realms, research infrastructures, and disciplines. Collaborative and integrative research is strongly encouraged as well as engagement and leadership in national and international networks. Assets facilitating this research include unique complementary data resources to store and share experimental, field and lab biotic and abiotic data.

Your responsibilities

  • Development of an independent research group expanding an innovative research program in freshwater ecology involving large-scale, spatially explicit aquatic biodiversity analysis. The research profile preferentially includes aspects of connectivity, e.g. across scales and/or ecosystem boundaries.
  • An ambitious integration into IGB’s research program with a strong collaborative component and high international visibility as well as a proactive contribution to the institute’s open science commitment.

Your profile

  • Doctoral degree in quantitative ecology, biostatistics, aquatic or environmental sciences, geography, or a related field.
  • Excellent expertise in large-scale spatial freshwater biodiversity analyses integrating taxonomic and functional diversity.
  • Strong modelling expertise in a spatially explicit context, preferably considering aspects of connectivity.
  • Strong experience in working with large data sets and in database management; experience on software development and use of open-source tools is of advantage.
  • Strong publication and project acquisition track record commensurate with career stage.
  • Experience with research supervision commensurate with career stage.
  • Excellent English language skills in both oral and written communication.
  • Excitement to collaborate in a team of aquatic scientists with diverse backgrounds.

Our offer

We offer an interesting position with a long-term perspective according to IGB’s tenure-track guidelines 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 Community and Ecosystem Ecology. Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund E14).

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. IGB is committed to increasing the number of women in this field, therefore applications from women are particularly welcome. 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. Applicants with disabilities 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 August 15th 2023. Please apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at, stating the job reference number 35/2023. Any questions can be directed to Sonja Jähnig (


“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 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.