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Professorship (W3) in "Marine Conservation"
University of Oldenburg
The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Oldenburg jointly
founded the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) in Oldenburg. For the establishment of HIFMB, we
invite applications for a joint
W3 Professor Position (m/f/d)
in „Marine Conservation"
HIFMB develops the scientific basis for marine conservation and marine ecosystem management by analysing the functional
role of biodiversity in marine ecosystems and understanding the general principles constraining this role. The Institute thereby
establishes the necessary knowledge and tools to predict future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem function, and to analyse
their consequences for human well-being. The development of HIFMB is embedded in the existing research excellence of
AWI and the University of Oldenburg in marine biodiversity research, comprising research groups at the Institute for Chemistry
and Biology of the Marine Environment at the University of Oldenburg and the Biosciences at AWI. HIFMB offers a rich intellectual
environment and excellent research opportunities (www.hifmb.de). Specifically, each professorship will be equipped with
allocated scientific personnel and be further able to apply for internal resources for cross-disciplinary projects. The region
around Bremen and Oldenburg hosts more than 1000 marine scientists, offering broad interdisciplinary collaboration
potential across universities and research institutions.
The Professor in Marine Conservation is expected to work on spatial and temporal dynamics of species interactions and communities
in marine ecosystems. The research should focus on and help define and advice on central questions, rules and paradigms
of marine conservation. The research approach should be informed by ecological theory and take into account the
dynamics of climate, land-use and/or other socioeconomical factors, the high mobility of marine organisms, the connectivity
between marine ecosystems, as well as the life cycle and high spatiotemporal dynamics of interacting species and functional
groups. The Professor in Marine Conservation is expected to establish this research field with high international visibility,
thereby driving the development of HIFMB and promoting strong interactions with the existing expertise at AWI and the
University of Oldenburg. We expect candidates to be renowned for their proven scientific expertise on the foundation of marine
conservation, the spatial and temporal dynamics of marine biodiversity and strategies towards its protection. The research
expertise can involve experimental, model-based and/or observational components, but must be clearly hypothesis-driven
and preferentially address complex phenomena in biodiversity research beyond single trophic guilds. We further expect a
distinct interest in bringing this research topic into an interdisciplinary research agenda and to advice on and communicate
concepts for conservation with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in marine conservation. Candidates are
expected to represent the subject Marine Conservation in teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels (2 weekly hours).
Applicants must have the necessary formal qualifications as set out in § 25 of Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz. Candidates
are required to hold an excellent PhD in marine ecology or biological oceanography and additional research and teaching
qualification at university level proven by a pertinent habilitation, assistant professorship or an equivalent scientific track record
in marine ecology and conservation, including publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals, integration
in the international research community and professional work experience abroad. Applicants are requested to show their
ability and willingness to participate in integrative and interdisciplinary research projects. They need to have experience and
potential in the acquisition of third-party funded projects. Distinct teaching experience and didactic abilities have to be
shown. Proficiency in English is mandatory. We expect the successful candidate to acquire German within two years. Given the
current research focus of AWI and the University of Oldenburg on polar and temperate seas, research expertise in these regions
International applications are explicitly welcome. To increase the proportion of women in science equally qualified female
candidates will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.
The position is suitable for part-time employment.
Applications, including a curriculum vitae, qualifying documentation (final academic records, list of publications, evidence of
external funding, teaching experience, prizes etc.) and a research plan as well as a teaching plan should be submitted by email
in a single PDF file to berufungenHIFMB@uni-oldenburg.de. Closing date is 30.04.2020.
Enquiries about the position are welcomed by the director of the HIFMB, Prof. H. Hillebrand