Student Opportunity Announcements

PhD position on parasite effects in freshwaters in Berlin (Germany)

The Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
is the largest freshwater ecology research institute in Germany
( It is a member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin
e.V. and the Leibniz-Association ( The FVB manages 8 large research
institutes in Berlin that have close links to all three universities in the
German capital. IGB offers excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary
research, large-scale experimental facilities, and long-term research programs
and data sets.

A major new interdisciplinary research initiative, funded through the
Pact for Research & Innovation via the Leibniz Association, the
International Multidisciplinary Parasitology and Vector Biology (IMPact-Vector)
Graduate School advertises eight PhD positions (
Within this Graduate School, the IGB offers

2 PhD positions

on the “Relevance of parasites and vectors
in freshwater ecosystems

Depending on their interests and skills, the candidates and the
supervisors will choose one out of four topics:

1.      Impact
of coevolution on susceptibility and resistance to the swim bladder nematode Anguillicola
in eels (supervisors: K. Knopf, M. T. Monaghan).

2.      Zoonotic
risk of endemic fish-borne trematodes (supervisor: K. Knopf).

3.      Impact
of parasites on top-down control of periphyton and regime shifts in lakes
(supervisors: K. Knopf, S. Hilt).

4.      Ecology
and evolution of mosquitoes in urban, agricultural, and natural environments
(supervisor: M. T. Monaghan).

Your profile:

Masters degree (or equivalent) in biology,
ecology, molecular biology, parasitology, zoology, or a related field

Laboratory and/or field research experience

Interest in solving complex biological problems

Excellent communication skills – English is the
working language of the research groups

For enquiries about the research topics please contact Dr. Klaus Knopf (,
for general questions about the graduate school please contact the speaker,
Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel (

Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in
Germany (50%). The contract shall start in June 2014 and will be limited to 3
years. The Leibniz-Association supports equal opportunity of men and women and
therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped
applicants will be given preference.

Please send your complete application before February 11th, 2014
preferably by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document, incl. a CV, copy of
the master or diploma certificate, abstract of the thesis, letter of
motivation, contact details of two references and the application sheet
[downloadable at

stellenausschreibungen/application_form_sgn.doc]), quoting Ref. # B 59, to the
speaker of IMPact-Vector:

Prof. Dr. Sven
Klimpel, c/o Senckenberg
Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main,