Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Freiburg, Germany

Postdoctoral position - 2019 in Germany, University of Freiburg

Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Freiburg: The Department of Forest Genetics at the University of Freiburg is offering a full-time position for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the phenology of tropical tree species and the evolutionary ecology of trees. The successful candidate will be part of a DFG-funded Emmy Noether project, focusing on climatic cues triggering phenological transitions in neotropical tree species and their impact on plant-animal interactions. This position involves fieldwork in Southern Ecuador and collaboration with Ecuadorian partner institutions.

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Phenology of tropical tree species, evolutionary ecology of trees

Location: University of Freiburg, Germany, with fieldwork in Southern Ecuador


  • MSc in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related fields
  • Completed Ph.D. with excellent results
  • Experience in postdoctoral research preferred
  • Fieldwork experience in the neotropics
  • Proficiency in Spanish for communication with local workers, NGOs, and authorities
  • Previous research experience in tree ecology, phenology, plant-animal interactions, or population genetics
  • Laboratory skills are advantageous
  • Strong communication and teamwork abilities
  • Meticulous work ethic
  • Ability to work under challenging field conditions in a tropical rainforest, tree climbing experience a plus
  • Proficiency in data handling and statistical data analysis (preferably in R)
  • Excellent writing skills with proof of scientific publications
  • Previous teaching experience is beneficial
  • Fluency in German is advantageous for teaching at the bachelor level

Job Description:

  • Conduct research on the phenology of tropical tree species and their impact on plant-animal interactions
  • Collaborate with Ph.D. students, supervise BSc and MSc students
  • Participate in data collection in Ecuador and coordinate a Citizen Science project
  • Support the working group in research, teaching, and administrative tasks
  • Teach courses in German with a 4-semester hour teaching load

What we offer:

  • Integration into a newly established working group at the University of Freiburg
  • Fieldwork in the Neotropical mountain regions of Ecuador
  • Participation in data analysis from the project
  • Opportunity for scientific qualification
  • Standard postdoctoral salary in Germany with social security and health insurance

How to Apply: Please submit your application in English, including a motivation letter, CV, academic transcripts (non-official copies are acceptable), and contact details of at least two academic references. Ensure to cite the reference number 00003392.

Please send your application by 01.12.2023, at the latest, to the following address in written or electronic form:

Universität Freiburg Fakultät für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen Eva-Mayr-Stihl Stiftungsprofessur für Forstgenetik Prof. Dr. Katrin Heer Bertoldstraße 17 79098 Freiburg E-Mail: (Please submit your application as a single PDF document.)

Last Date for Apply: 01 December 2023



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