Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv)
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Join the lab!

Interested students are welcome to participate in the research conducted in our lab throughout the year. Open PhD and Postdoc positions will be announced at this page. We offer different topics for bachelor and master theses and also welcome your ideas and suggestions for other thesis topics. Please find a selection of topics listed or request further topics by contacting Prof. Nico Eisenhauer or Dr. Simone Cesarz.


Postdoc positions

There are currently no open positions available

PhD positions

We offer 1 PhD position with the topic: "Plant diversity, plant history, and soil history effects on the temporal dynamics of plant and soil activity" in the framework of the new funded research unit at the Jena Experiment.

The Jena Experiment is a DFG Research Unit that explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms of long-term biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships. The Research Unit’s subprojects aim at exploring variation in community assembly processes and resulting differences in biotic interactions as determinants of the long-term BEF relationship. The unification of evolutionary and ecosystem processes requires collaboration across the subprojects in targeted plant and soil history experiments using cutting-edge technology and will produce significant synergies and novel mechanistic insights into BEF relationships.

The Jena Experiment Research Unit is uniquely positioned in this context, taking an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to capture whole-ecosystem responses to changes in biodiversity and to advance a vibrant research field. Subproject 4 will explore the influence of plant diversity, plant history, and soil history on community phenology (i.e. the onset, magnitude, duration, and stability of activity patterns of plants and soil organisms). It will test whether these factors drive temporal niche differentiation and stability of activity periods, as well as whether these responses strengthen over time. For more information please visit www.the-jena-experiment.de.

Tasks

- Novel research on major questions of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research
- Performing field work and laboratory analyses by collecting bi-weekly plant and soil samples year round
- Mixed model analysis of variance, time series analysis, and structural equation modelling
- Writing and publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
- Presenting results at national and international conferences

Requirements

- Master’s degree in ecology or a closely related discipline
- Expertise in plant and/or soil ecology
- Interest and ability in interdisciplinary collaboration with a diverse range of ecologists
- Strong statistical skills (in R)
- Experience of plant- and/or soil-related field work
- Excellent English communication skills (spoken and written)
- Team-oriented and strong organisational skills

Application deadline: 31 October 2019!
Click here for the full job advertisement with more detailed information.


Further 10 PhD positions in this research group are now avialble as well as one data curator position. More information can be found here

Bachelor theses

We offer many topics for bachelor and master theses in our working group. Finding the right topic is not easy and we are happy to introduce our topics to you in more detail or discuss further ideas.

Soil food webs and ecosystem functioning in global drylands

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Contact: Nico Eisenhauer

Bottom-up and top-down forces of herbivory in a tree diversity experiment

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Contact: Olga Ferlian

 

Global soil biodiversity

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Contact: Nico Eisenhauer

Impacts of earthworm invasion on above- and belowground invertebrate communities in North American forest ecosystems

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Contact: Malte Jochum

Exploring length-dry body mass regressions and the relationship between dry and fresh body mass for temperate arthropods

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Contact: Malte Jochum

Master theses

We offer many topics for bachelor and master theses in our working group. Finding the right topic is not easy and we are happy to introduce our topics to you in more detail or discuss further ideas.

The succession of soil food webs in forest restoration sites across New Zealand

PDF with more details
Contact: Nico Eisenhauer

Impacts of earthworm invasion on above- and belowground invertebrate communities in North American forest ecosystems

PDF with more details
Contact: Malte Jochum

Bottom-up and top-down forces of herbivory in a tree diversity experiment

PDF with more details
Contact: Olga Ferlian

 

Exploring length-dry body mass regressions and the relationship between dry and fresh body mass for temperate arthropods

PDF with more details

Contact: Malte Jochum

Global soil biodiversity

PDF with more details
Contact: Nico Eisenhauer

Effects of nutrient enrichment and top-predator size structure on energy flux in a marine benthic community

PDF with details
Contact: Malte Jochum
 

Soil food webs and ecosystem functioning in global drylands

PDF with more details
Contact: Nico Eisenhauer

 

Internships

Students can visit our lab to perform internships at any time. Interns can learn a multitude of methods in ecology with particular focus on soil ecology. Interns can learn how to ask scientific questions, to design respective experiments, to conduct experiments in the field or in the lab, and to analyze the data with statistical methods. Please send applications to Dr. Simone Cesarz.

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