Postdoctoral Researcher in Citizen Science, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany

Postdoc in Germany
Postdoctoral Researcher in Citizen Science: The UrbanNaturePlans+ (UNPplus, UNP+) project is seeking a dedicated Postdoctoral Researcher to contribute to the advancement of citizen science in monitoring biodiversity and enhancing urban greening plans across various European cities. This initiative focuses on creating a systemic, integrated, and inclusive approach to mitigate biodiversity loss and improve urban life quality.

Postdoctoral Researcher (F/M/X) in Citizen Science, Biodiversity and Urban Greening Plans in Europe


Postdoctoral Researcher (F/M/X)

Research Area:

Citizen Science, Biodiversity, Urban Greening


Leipzig, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), iDiv


  • PhD in biology, ecology, conservation biology, geography, environmental science, or a relevant research discipline.
  • Experience with ecological fieldwork and statistical data analysis.
  • Familiarity with plant and insect monitoring (especially butterflies), urban biodiversity, and citizen science methods.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research including interviews, surveys, and focus groups.
  • Proven track record of scientific publications.
  • Experience in collaboration with volunteers, natural history societies, agencies, and museums.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in interdisciplinary and diverse teams.
  • Proficiency in English and German (additional languages are a plus).

Job Description:

  • Develop Citizen Science Initiatives: Implement and expand citizen science activities focused on biodiversity, particularly monitoring butterflies as indicators.
  • Engage and Empower Communities: Maximize the participation of minorities and marginalized groups in citizen science projects.
  • Collaborate on Urban Greening Plans: Contribute to the development and assessment of Urban Greening Plans in cities such as Berlin, Paris, and Barcelona.
  • Promote Health and Well-being: Study and promote the benefits of urban green spaces on community health, well-being, and equity.
  • Support Berlin Urban Nature Pact: Participate in the implementation of the Berlin Urban Nature Pact, fostering sustainable and just urban development.
  • Research Dissemination: Publish findings in scientific journals and present at international conferences.
  • Team Coordination: Supervise project-related activities and coordinate with various stakeholders, including volunteers and research institutes.

How to Apply:

Applicants are requested to submit their application via the UFZ online portal. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (omit photo, age, and marital status)
  • Relevant academic and research attachments

For questions regarding the job, please contact Aletta Bonn at aletta.bonn[at] or call +49 341 9733153.

Last Date for Apply:

The application deadline is 23.07.2024.


  • Flexible working hours and family-friendly policies.
  • Access to excellent research infrastructure and data management.
  • Opportunity to work in a vibrant region with a high quality of life and diverse culture.
  • Special annual payment, capital-forming benefits, and subsidized Germany Job Ticket.
  • Support for international colleagues through the ‘International Office’.

The UFZ is committed to diversity and actively promotes equal opportunities for all employees regardless of origin, religion, ideology, disability, age, or sexual identity. We look forward to applications from individuals who enjoy working in diverse teams.

Apply now to join us in contributing to a greener and more sustainable urban future!



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