[MARMAM] PhD position in Bielefeld University, Germany

Stephanie Kalberer stephanie.kalberer at uni-bielefeld.de
Wed May 11 00:33:19 PDT 2016

 PhD-Position / Doktorandenstelle

A PhD position to study individual
behaviour and the ensuing consequences at the population level in Galapagos sea
lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) is
available in the Department of Animal Behaviour at Bielefeld University from August
1st 2016 or soon thereafter. The position is available for three
years and is funded by Departmental funds with a gross salary of ca. 1300 € per
 We seek a bright and highly motivated
student who has a proven record of field experience studying wild animals. A
very good Master degree or equivalent in a relevant topic (e.g. animal
behaviour, behavioural ecology, population ecology, evolutionary ecology) is
expected. The ideal candidate will be able to work both independently and as
part of a multidisciplinary team, will have experience with both statistics and
genetic techniques and, in addition to excellent spoken and written English,
will be able to speak Spanish.
 The study will take place on Caamaño,
a small islet in the Galapagos archipelago. We have studied Galapagos sea lions
there since 2003 and most sea lions are individually marked (www.uni-bielefeld.de/biologie/animalbehaviour/trillmich/sealions.html). Field seasons on Caamaño
last from September-December and February-March each year. Caamaño is a small
island and there are no facilities at all, so an ability to work in truly primitive
conditions is essential.  
 The successful candidate will be based
at the Department of Animal Behaviour at Bielefeld University (www.uni-bielefeld.de/biologie/animalbehaviour/home.html) and will be supervised by
Oliver Krüger, Fritz Trillmich and Joe Hoffman. The department is the oldest of
its kind in Germany and currently hosts five principal investigators, five
postdocs and fifteen PhD students. It offers a stimulating international
environment and an excellent research infrastructure including a brand new
molecular laboratory. The working language of the Department is English.
Together with the Evolution and Animal Ecology research groups housed in the
same building, there are some 50 scientists and PhD students from over ten
different countries working on related topics in behaviour, ecology and
 Bielefeld is a city of 325,000
inhabitants with all expected amenities and easy access to the Teutoburger Wald
for hiking and other outdoor pursuits. It offers a high standard of living and
is well connected to most major European cities.
 To apply for the position, please provide:
(i) a letter of motivation including a 1-2-page statement of your research
experience; (ii) a CV including publication list; (iii) names and contact
details of three referees willing to write confidential letters of
recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single PDF file to:
oliver.krueger at uni-bielefeld.de.
 The application deadline is June 5th
2016 and interviews will take place shortly thereafter. The preferred start
date is August 1st 2016 but is flexible and will depend on the
timeframe of the most qualified applicant. For further information, please see
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/biologie/animalbehaviour/home.html or contact
Oliver Krüger via email (oliver.krueger at uni-bielefeld.de) with any informal
 The University of Bielefeld is an
equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from women and
handicapped people. Given equal suitability, qualifications and professional
achievement, women and handicapped people will be given preference, unless
particular circumstances apply.
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