German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)


Students can visit our lab to perform internships at any time. Interns can learn a multitude of methods in chemical ecology with particular focus on induced defense and above- belowground interactions. 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 your applications to the respective project leader if your interested in a specific research project, else to Susann Görth.

BSc & MSc theses

In our research group, we warmly welcome BSc and MSc students from all over the world. We offer thesis projects that match with our current research projects on the chemical and molecular ecology of plant-herbivore-microbe interactions. Depending on your scientific interests, the period of your thesis project and your learning goals, the project could be more lab or field oriented. Bioinformatic projects are also possible; in that case, we will ask one of our colleagues of the Bioinformatics unit at iDiv to co-supervise you.

Got interested? Please directly contact the PhD student or postdoctoral researcher on your project of interest by e-mail or telephone, or mail a short statement of interest and your CV to Ms Susann Goerth

Open positions


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Student positions

Project ”Bottom-up and top-down drivers of herbivory” is looking for student helpers

Project ”Bottom-up and top-down drivers of herbivory” is looking for student helpers

We are searching for student helpers that can assist us during field work in subtropical China in the summer of 2019. The work mainly consists of arthropod collection from trees but other tasks will also be included. The study site is a planted forest located in the Xingangshan mountains in southeast China. Fieldwork will be conducted in April, June and mid-August, about one month each time. We are looking for two student helpers for April, two for June and one for August. Preference will be given to an applicant that could join more than one of the trips.

What we are looking for in a candidate are:

  • Good English skills
  • Flexibility
  • Open-mindedness
  • Interest toward arthropods

Since the work can be physically demanding (carrying and lifting equipment) and the field conditions challenging (mountains, hot and humid climate), good physical condition is also required. Previous field work experience is advantageous.

The project is part of the international research-training group TreeDi.


Perttu Anttonen,, +358 40 543 8579

Prof. Dr. Andreas Schuldt,, +49 1776815570

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