The interdisciplinary PhD-project combines environmental fluid dynamics and freshwater ecology by studying the interactions between currents and stream invertebrates. Based on laboratory and field experiments, the study aims at obtaining mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the diversity of the flow field and the taxonomic and trait diversity of invertebrates. The project is a cooperation between the Environmental Physics and Landscape Ecology groups at the Institute for Environmental Sciences University of Koblenz-Landau and the department River Ecology of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and is expected to strongly interact with a variety of ongoing research projects.
- Master of Science (or equivalent) in Environmental Physics, Environmental Sciences or other relevant fields
- Strong interest and scientific background at the interface between hydrodynamics and freshwater ecology
- Capability of conducting independent research, excellent skills in English language and scientific writing
- Fixed scholarship of 1.300 €/month for 3 years
- Excellent interdisciplinary support and access to state-of-the-art research facilities and instrumentation
Strong connections to international research networks
- The place of work will be the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau, a friendly and international working environment within a region of high living quality.
Applicants are requested to send their CV along with a letter of motivation, a letter of recommendation from a referee and copies of relevant certificates by email to Prof. Dr. Andreas Lorke (mailto:[log in to unmask]) before 31 May 2014.