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Postdoc position (3 years) in bird migration and demography – long-tailed ducks

Petra Quillfeldt, October 23, 2016

Job description/Background

We seek a highly motivated postdoc within the project “MEERESENTEN/Sea ducks” financed by the Federal Office for Nature Conservation of Germany. The aim of the project is to determine the breeding success of long-tailed ducks in breeding areas of the Russian Arctic and to use data loggers to study habitat selection during migration and in the wintering and resting areas. In addition, information on diet will be collected using stable isotope analyses and genetic diet determination. In the wintering areas the age structure of the duck populations is determined simultaneously. On the basis of the population parameters, conservation-relevant threshold values for sea duck mortality will be modelled.


The successful candidate should have a successfully completed PhD with focus in biology, zoology or nature conservation. A background in marine ecosystems and especially a strong interest in the ecology of seabirds /sea ducks are desirable. You should have fieldwork experience, a proven ability to work independently and in a team in challenging field situations, preferably in polar regions. Experience in field work, working with wild animals, preferably collecting and analyzing tracking data, are required. Experience with population modeling and experience in lab work (e.g. stable isotopes, genetics) are desirable. Candidates should have excellent organizational, writing and presentation skills. The ability to work individually and in an international team, a very good standard of English (speaking and writing) and a track-record of publications are required. Some knowledge of Russian language is also an advantage.

Starting: December 2016 Application deadline: 5 November 2016 Salary: 3 years full-time (E13 public service scale) Working place: Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany Contact: