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For the Department of Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Research Group Integrative Fisheries Management of Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin-Friedrichshagen ( at the beautiful Lake Müggelsee we are inviting applications for the position of postdoc/scientist in human dimensions of recreational fisheries with a starting date of January, 1, 2024. The position is limited to a maximum of two years.

Within the project marEEchange funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, we are searching for a postdoc in human dimensions of recreational fisheries to study the reorganization of the recreational fishery for the western Baltic Cod. At IGB, you will become a member of an interdisciplinary team of fisheries researchers led by Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus ( who studies fisheries as social-ecological systems. Other collaborators are from iDiv (Prof. Martin Quaas), University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Christian Möllmann) and Thünen Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries (Dr. Harry Strehlow). This project is a follow-up project of the marEEshift project. The aim of the postdoc position is to study how the recreational fishery for western Baltic cod has responded to the stock recently crossing a tipping point and how the tipping point has been perceived, including the causal attribution of responsibility for the tipping point.

Key responsibilities and duties

  • Re-surveying a large sample of recreational anglers using an online survey and overseeing the contracted survey company
  • Statistically analysing the results
  • Publishing the results in the primary literature
  • Presenting the results at project meetings and conferences
  • Contributing to project reporting
  • Co-supervising students

Your profile

  • PhD in psychology, conservation social science, human dimensions of fisheries/natural resource use/wildlife, environmental science or a related field
  • Track record of primary publications
  • Track record of designing and analysing quantitative surveys with people
  • Statistical skillset
  • Ability to lead and finish projects
  • Team work skills and self-motivation
  • English and German language skills

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. We foster flat hierarchies and active participation. We allow maximum individual freedom, enabling everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund) within the E13 page range. It includes health insurance and social benefits. It is a full-time position with 39 working hours per week, but part-time work can be accommodated. Funding for this position is for a maximum of two years, with no ability for extension, but the candidate can write own follow-up proposals.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life.  And we have fun outside and during work.

The IGB is committed to diversity. We welcome every qualified application, regardless of sex and gender, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and disabilities, age or sexual orientation. IGB is committed to increasing the number of women in the field of fisheries, therefore applications from women are particularly welcome. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application by September, 30, 2023 with the following documents: max 2 page motivation letter, CV, PDFs of two example papers, name and contact of up to three references in one combined PDF. Please state the job reference number 51/2023 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to Robert Arlinghaus by phone (+49 30 64181653) or by e-mail (


"Research for the future of our freshwaters" is the mission of IGB – Germany’s largest and one of the leading international centres for freshwater research. In order to investigate different aspects of freshwater ecosystems, their biota and societal relevance, we unit a wide range of disciplines and understand research as a joint effort. 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 is a member of the German Leibniz Association and the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V.