Thursday, February 6, 2014

PhD position in coral reef ecology at ZMT Bremen

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH (Leibniz-ZMT GmbH) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems (

Within an interdisciplinary project entitled “Triple C: Contribution to Coral Commons” a PhD position in coral reef ecology is available. (Reference number III)

The project is funded through the Leibniz Association and involves collaboration between the ZMT, University of Bremen and other partners. Starting date for the three-year doctoral student positions are 1 May 2014 or shortly thereafter. The deadline for applications is the 1 March 2014. Salary will be paid according to the German TV-L EG 13 for a part-time position (50%).

This interdisciplinary project involving economists, other social scientists and ecologists assesses in a cross-cultural perspective the factors contributing to a major commons dilemma: the world-wide degradation of coral reefs. This subproject will use a combination of remote sensing data analysis and in situ measurements to assess the impacts of human activity on coral reefs, including local (i.e. over- and destructive fishing), regional (i.e. eutrophication) and global (i.e. ocean warming and ensuing coral bleaching) stressors. The project will link these to the socio-economic data generated in the other subprojects. We are looking for a candidate with a degree in marine sciences. Candidates need to have proven experience in working with coral reef systems. SCUBA diving experience is a must, preferably with a European-level scientific diving certification. Prior experience with remote sensing data, spatial data analysis and ecological field work in coral reefs of developing countries is desirable. Good communication skills and the proven ability of good scientific writing are additional assets. The position is offered in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Sam Purkis (National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University) and is co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Christian Wild (University of Bremen and ZMT).

The Leibniz-ZMT GmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualification receive preferential status. Your application should include a complete CV, publication list (if available), a short outline of research interests and experience, and the names and E-mail addresses of two references. Please send the documents as a single pdf file by e-mail to I. Sanz Jannke (, indicate the above mentioned reference number and include your master thesis certificate or equivalent. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Dr. Sebastian Ferse (

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