PhD Position in Integrative Global Change Biogeography and Ecology

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in biodiversity at Technical University of Munich, Germany. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

The Biodiversity and Global Change Lab at the Terrestrial Ecology Group at TUM Weihenstephan, Freising conducts research on biodiversity in the context of climate and land-use change. In the scope of the Junior Research Group "MINTBIO - multidimensional integration for better biodiversity projections", funded by the Bavarian Network for Climate Research "bayklif", we invite applications for a PhD position in integrative global change biogeography and ecology (m/w/d) E13 TV-L, 65 %, limited to 3 years

Your profile

Full university degree (Diploma/M.Sc.) in biology, ecology, biogeography or a related discipline.

Strong interest in biogeography, macroecology and global change biology

Motivation to conduct integrative analyses that combine data and methods from different disciplines, such as biogeography, physiology, or movement ecology

Willingness to combine experimental, modelling and field-based approaches to develop innovative biodiversity models under climate and land-use change

Sound knowledge in statistical analyses and statistical programming, preferably in R

Fluency in English

Good writing and communication skills and the ability to work in a team

Experience in or with any of the following fields or taxonomic groups is beneficial: thermal physiology, dispersal modelling, trait-based analyses, process-based or hybrid modelling of species distributions; birds, grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies.


You will conduct analyses on observed and projected biodiversity change across different scales and taxonomic groups. A key task is the integration of data and approaches from different biological and geographical disciplines (e.g. biogeography, dispersal ecology, thermal physiology, or eco-morphology). You will develop innovative models to understand and project patterns of species distributions in Bavaria and Europe under different scenarios of climate and land-use change. Field-based and/or experimental work may become part of the project, depending on your interests, skills, and the suitability for the project.

Our offer

Stimulating work environment at TUM, within the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group and the Biodiversity and Global Change Lab as well as the bayklif program, with great opportunities for collaboration within a network of high-profile researchers as well as scientific exchange during retreats, workshops and conferences

Membership of the TUM Graduate School with its attractive mentoring and workshop program as well as financial support for international conferences and research stays

A salary in accordance to TV-L E13 (65 %). The contract for the position will be limited to 36 months.

TUM is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.


Required documents for your application: a motivation letter including a short outline of research ideas you could envision to address within the project framework (2 pages max), a detailed CV, contact information of two referees, exam certificates. Please send these documents as soon as possible in the form of one single pdf-file to Dr. Christian Hof (

The position will remain open until filled; review of applications will start May 1st 2019. Appointment date is somewhat flexible, but preferably not later than September 2019.

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Christian Hof (

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