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The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) invites applications for a postdoc position in Stream Ecology starting ideally on 1 April 2021. The position is based at the Department of Experimental Limnology on the shores of Lake Stechlin located 1 hour north of the city of Berlin, Germany. The initial contract is for 2 years with an option to extend it for an additional two years.

We seek to recruit an excellent and highly motivated postdoctoral scientist with an interest in ecosystem functioning and microbial dynamics associated with litter decomposition in streams. The position is part of a broad research consortium involving partners in Germany and abroad, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Collaborative Research Center 1439 “Multilevel response to stressor increase and release in stream ecosystems” (RESIST).

Your tasks

  • Participation in a suite of flume and field experiments designed to assess effects of multiple stressors on stream ecosystems in cultural landscapes
  • Lab analyses of samples taken during the experiments, particularly for various microbial variables
  • Data analysis, preparation of manuscripts, and presentation of results at scientific meetings
  • Close collaboration, data exchange, and mutual support within the RESIST consortium

Your profile

  • Interest in experimental stream ecosystem research
  • Doctoral degree in ecology, microbial ecology, mycology, environmental science, or a similar field
  • Excellent record of scientific achievements, demonstrated primarily by scientific publications
  • Expertise in aquatic ecosystem analysis, fungal and/or microbial ecology
  • Experience with field work on aquatic ecosystems and microbial and chemical analyses
  • Interest in integrating in a large team
  • Clean driver licence

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. This is a full-time position with 39 working hours per week. Part-time work with at least 30 h per week can be envisaged. We foster career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. The reconciliation of work and family life is actively supported. The IGB is committed to increasing the proportion of women in science and thus particularly welcomes applications by women to this position. Severely disabled persons with equal qualification will be given priority. This is a fixed-term position. Salary is paid according to the German salary scale for the public sector (TVöD Bund). The working language at IGB is English.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your complete application including a motivation statement, CV, degree certificates and transcripts, and contact details of three references. Reviews of the applications will begin on 1 March 2021 and continue until the position has been filled. Please apply through our recruitment platform at, citing job reference number 07/2021. Enquiries can be directed to Prof. Dr. Mark Gessner at




“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 an internationally leading research centre for freshwaters. We seek to understand the fundamental processes governing fresh waters and their communities. Our research findings help to tackle 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 north of the city. 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.