PhD position: Small mammal communities & seed dispersal – Germany

Goettingen University, Germany
Goettingen, Germany
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Graduate Assistantships
competitive (65 % E 13 TV-L)
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Fully-funded PhD position on

Effects of small mammal communities on seed predation and seed dispersal

available at Goettingen University in Germany.

This PhD is a subproject of a Research Training Group (*RTG, see below) and will evaluate how occurrences and abundances of different rodent species are affected by tree mixture and assess seed preferences of detected small mammal species (response traits). Furthermore, we will assess whether differences in small mammal communities and/ or their seed preferences alter seed predation rates and seed dispersal, respectively (effect trait). The subproject will involve a substantial amount of field work to mark and recapture small mammals on different forest plots, so candidates possessing relevant field experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

*Please see for all positions available within the Research Training Group (RTG, similar to IGERT in the US) “Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers - impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning” funded by the German Research Foundation.
By the time of appointment, the successful candidate will already have completed a very good M.Sc. degree (minimum 2.0 on the German grade scale or equivalent) in ecological sciences, biological sciences, forest sciences, or a related field with skills/knowledge in ecological concepts, statistics, programming and ecological fieldwork. Fluency in English is required, as well as the willingness of foreign applicants to learn some German.

The Georg-August-University is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Further, the University firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.

To apply for this position, please upload your application via the online application site Further application details are available on that webpage. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2017.
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Niko Balkenhol
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