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Professorship (W3) in Biodiversity Theory
Published(347 days ago)
Deadline for applications(314 days ago)
Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) / University of OldenburgOldenburg
The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Oldenburg jointly
founded the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB). For the establishment
of HIFMB, we invite applications for a joint W3-professor position in
HIFMB develops the scientific basis for marine conservation and marine ecosystem management by analysing the functional
role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem and understanding the general principles constraining this role. The Institute thereby
establishes the necessary knowledge and tools to predict future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem function and to analyse
their consequences for human well-being. The development of HIFMB is embedded in the existing research excellence of AWI
and the University of Oldenburg in marine biodiversity research, comprising research groups at the Institute for Chemistry and
Biology of the Marine Environment at the University of Oldenburg and the Biosciences at AWI. HIFMB offers a rich intellectual
environment and excellent research opportunities (www.hifmb.de). Specifically, each professorship will be equipped with
allocated scientific personnel and be further able to apply for internal resources for cross-disciplinary projects. The region
around Bremen and Oldenburg hosts more than 1000 marine scientists, offering broad interdisciplinary collaboration potential
across universities and research institutions.
The Professor in Biodiversity Theory will focus on developing theory and mathematical models in functional biodiversity
research,with applicability to marine environments. Theory and mathematical modelling are fundaments of current biodiversity
research, allowing to access mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance and biodiversity change under human pressure. Understanding
the role of biodiversity in ecosystem functions and processes requires, however, to merge classical models of ecological
theory (focus on species and assemblages) and ecosystem models (focus on energy and matter flow). The candidate is
expected to establish this research field with high international visibility, which is fundamental for the development of HIFMB
and allows strong interactions to the existing expertise at AWI and the University of Oldenburg. We expect candidates to be
renowned for their proven scientific expertise in biodiversity-related theory and models; an existing or potential link of such
approaches with evolutionary or biogeochemical models is an asset. We welcome the capacity to address these questions
across spatial and temporal scales. We further expect a distinct interest in bringing this research topic into an interdisciplinary
research agenda and to strongly interact with empirical ecologists. Candidates are expected to represent the subject Biodiversity
Theory in teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels.
Applicants must have the necessary formal qualifications as set out in § 25 of Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz. Candidates
are required to hold an excellent PhD in theoretical ecology or mathematical modelling and to have additional research and
teaching qualification at university level proven by a pertinent habilitation, assistant professorship or an equivalent scientific
track record in ecological theory, including publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals, integration in the
international research community and professional work experience abroad. Applicants are requested to show their ability
and willingness to participate in integrative and interdisciplinary research projects. They need to have experience and potential
in the acquisition of third-party funded projects. Distinct teaching experience and didactic abilities have to be shown.
Proficiency in English is mandatory. We expect the successful candidate to acquire German within two years. Given the current
research focus of AWI and the University of Oldenburg on polar and temperate seas, research expertise in these regions is
International applications are explicitly welcome. To increase the proportion of women in science equally qualified female
candidates will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.
Applications, including a curriculum vitae, qualifying documentation (final academic records, list of publications, evidence of
external funding, teaching experience, prizes) and a research plan as well as a teaching plan should be submitted by email in
a single PDF-file to berufungenHIFMB@uni-oldenburg.de. Closing date is Wednesday, 11 April 2018.
Enquiries about the position are welcomed by the director of the HIFMB, Prof. H. Hillebrand (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All current vacancies for HIFMB professorships at the University of Oldenburg can be found at www.uni-ol.de/stellen/.