Doctoral Researcher in Integrative Biodiversity
Leipzig University German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

Leipzig University seeks to fill the following position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Flexpool, in Leipzig at the earliest opportunity.

Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

on Flexpool project 5: “Understanding soil biodiversity: Using the new functional framework for root traits (Root Economics Space) to predict soil-borne fungal communities in grasslands (RESfun)”

Initially limited until 30 September 2021; extension for a further 2–3 years is possible and dependent upon successful renewal of DFG funding for iDiv (evaluation in spring 2021)

65 % of a full-time position

Salary: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L


iDiv, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig, invites applications for five doctoral researcher positions in its 4th Flexpool call beginning in October 2020 (see overview in published Flexpool general announcement).

This project builds on the recently published functional root trait relationship, the root economics space concept (RES). Here we aim to reveal the merits of the new RES framework when predicting soil biodiversity. As a proof-of-principle we will explicitly test the link between root traits and soil-borne fungi. By collaborating with specialists in the field of molecular ecology, we are able to classify these organisms taxonomically and importantly, also functionally. The project is supervised by Professor Alexandra Weigelt.


  • Field sampling of roots in the Jena Experiment and Biodiversity Exploratories
  • Sample processing and molecular analysis of non-AMF fungi
  • Functional fungal guild analysis and bioinformatics analysis of data
  • Writing and publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presenting results at national and international conferences


  • MSc or equivalent degree in a project-related field (e.g. ecology, environmental sciences)
  • Expertise and experience in plant functional traits or soil ecology would be helpful
  • Interest and ability in processing large data sets
  • Very strong statistical skills (in R) including structural equation modelling
  • Excellent English communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Team-oriented and strong organisational skills

Please send your application, quoting reference number 114/2020, via our application portal at While we prefer applications via this portal, hard-copy applications may also be sent to:

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv (Halle-Jena-Leipzig)
Dr Christa Genz
Deutscher Platz 5 e
04103 Leipzig

The deadline for submissions is 10 July 2020. Selected candidates will be invited to the online joint recruitment symposium on 31 August until 1 September 2020.

All applications should include:

  • Cover letter describing the applicant’s motivation for the project, research interests and relevant experience
  • Complete curriculum vitae including names and contact details of at least two scientific references
  • Digital copy of master’s certificate or equivalent

Queries concerning the application process should be directed to Ms Christa Genz.

Send Email

For project-related questions, please contact Professor Alexandra Weigelt.

Send Email

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability. Please note that applying via email is not entirely secure under data protection law. The sender assumes full responsibility.

iDiv is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community that collectively supports and implements our mission to do great science. We will welcome, recruit, develop, and advance talented staff from diverse genders and backgrounds.

Closing date:

10 July 2020

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Bioloxy


All Jobs


Harvard University Academic Positions

Kuwait University Current Faculty Openings

Osaka University Academic Opportunities

Purdue University Job Postings for Faculty Positions

Texas Tech University Faculty Openings

Tsinghua University Job Postings

University of Cambridge Job Openings

University of Geneva Faculty Opportunities

University of New South Wales Job Openings

University of Nottingham Research Positions

University of Oslo Academic Jobs

University of Saskatchewan Faculty Positions

University of Southampton Research Vacancies

University of Tokyo Current Academic Vacancies

University of Toronto Open Faculty Positions