Postdoctoral research coordinator

We are looking for a

postdoctoral research coordinator

for the DFG-funded Research Unit (FOR 5207) Reassembly of species interaction networks – Resistance, resilience and functional recovery of a rainforest ecosystem.

The position is fixed-term until October 2025. Expected starting date is April 2023 or sooner *), and the salary is 100% TVL E13 (gross income ca. 3600 €/mo).

We are particularly interested in postdoctoral researchers with experience and a strong track record in

•    ecology and biodiversity of plants and/or animals and their traits or interactions

•    analysis of ecological data, data management and curation

•    ecological monitoring and/or experiments in the field

Ideally, the candidate has experience working in tropical forests and in project management. Candidates interested in this position should have a B.Sc./M.Sc. in a relevant field and a Ph.D./Dr. degree in Ecology or a related area. We expect the candidate to have good communication skills and the ability to work in an international team, with colleagues and research groups from several German and Ecuadorian institutions and a conservation organization. Fluency in English and Spanish is a prerequisite, and experience in Latin America particularly useful.

The position for the postdoctoral scientific coordinator will be based at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Ecological Networks lab, and the candidate is also expected to travel regularly to the field station in Ecuador for several months per year. The coordinator will be responsible for leading the integration among empirical and theoretical subprojects and the interactions between the project and its Ecuadorian counterparts. He/she will be responsible for implementing the overall project framework and data management, analysing surveys, process measurements, plot-specific environmental data and a perturbation experiment. He/she is also expected to lead scientific synthesis papers across projects. Independent scientific writing skills, proven by the publication record of the candidate, are thus an important criterion.

Information about the Research Unit Reassembly is found at, and about other research carried out in the Blüthgen lab at Updates to this job search may be found here ( For further information about the position, please contact Nico Blüthgen ( (He may not be able to respond to your Email between 1-22 November while he is in Ecuador.)

Please submit your application before Dec 1st 2022. However, if you missed this deadline but are a suitable candidate and are interested in this position, please express your interest as soon as possible per Email. Applications should include a letter of motivation and your CV. A joint application for a second postdoctoral position on UpScaleR (link) is welcome and can be combined.

Please submit your application as a single PDF in English or German by E-mail to Nico Blüthgen (, and CC to Karin Römer ( who will then confirm the receipt of your E-mail.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

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*) This position is currently held by Dr. Constance Tremlett who will move to a permanent researcher position in Great Britain around mid January