PhD Position in Eco-Evolutionary Modeling

University of Tubingen

PhD student / doctoral candidate in Eco-Evolutionary Modeling (m/f/d, E13 TV-L, 65%)

Faculty of Science, Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Bewerbungsfrist: 20.07.2024

The Plant Ecology Group at the University of Tübingen is searching for a

PhD student / doctoral candidate in Eco-Evolutionary Modeling (m/f/d, E13 TV-L 65%)

The position is limited for three years.

Species are not homogeneous entities but show ample of intra-specific variation in morphological, phenological, or behavioral traits. A part of such variation usually has a genetic basis, is heritable, and is transmitted to the next generation. Such genetic variation is a key component of biodiversity and could help species to adapt to a heterogeneous environment. In this three-year project, the candidate will study both the ecological conditions favoring adaptive genetic variation within species and empirical methods to detect this part of biodiversity. As a scientific tool, the candidate will use forward-in-time, genetically- and spatially-explicit, individual-based simulations.

The candidate will be part of the international and interdisciplinary Plant Ecology group at the University of Tübingen and join the EVEREST research school. To this end, we promote the scientific independence of the candidate, we support the scientific qualification and career planning, and we offer networking opportunities within and beyond Tübingen.

The candidate should have a keen interest in both the study of biodiversity and in eco-evolutionary modeling. Strong quantitative (mathematical and/or computational) skills, good communication, scientific curiosity, and enthusiasm for research are essential. The candidate should be further able to work independently, integrate well in a team, and meet the following requirements:

  • MSc in Ecology / Evolution / Bioinformatics, or a related field
  • Excellent knowledge in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Excellent English communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Good programming skills (e.g., in R, C++)

The University of Tuebingen is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. The University is committed to increasing the percentage of women in research and teaching and thus encourages women with adequate qualifications to apply. Disabled persons with equal aptitude will be given preferential consideration. The employment process will be carried out by the central administration of the university.

Please send your application as a single pdf-file to Dr. Max Schmid (max.schmidspam The application should include a CV, a letter of interest (max. 1 page, including your previous experience, and why you see yourself as a good candidate), and two recommendation letters (that are to be sent independently).

The deadline for applications is July 20th, 2024. Please contact Dr. Max Schmid if you have any questions or would like to discuss some details of the position.