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PhD (3 years funding) or post-doc (2 years funding):

PhD (3 years funding) or post-doc opportunity (2 years funding) at the Inter-university Research Center WasserCluster Lunz, Austria.

Within the research project ‘Transfer of essential lipids from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems’, funded by the Austrian (FWF) and the German Science Funds (DFG), we are looking for a highly motivated student or post-doc with expertise in aquatic and terrestrial food webs ecology to pursue her/his PhD studies or post-doc research at the University of Vienna, conducted at the Inter-university Research Center for Aquatic Ecosystems Research 'WasserCluster Lunz', Austria. The PhD student or post-doc fellow is expected to examine cross-ecosystem fluxes of dietary nutrients, in particular essential and potentially limiting polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), from pond/lake to terrestrial ecosystems, and, to assess the significance of freshwater-derived PUFA for terrestrial invertebrate consumers. 

The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Martin Kainz at WasserCluster Lunz, Austria, and Dr. Dominik Martin-Creuzburg (University of Konstanz, Germany). The candidate should develop the research-plan together with the advisors once the position has been accepted. WasserCluster Lunz ( is a highly active, inter-university research center for Aquatic Ecosystems Research at Lake Lunz (145 km from Vienna) with a steadily growing number of international PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.


A master (for the PhD position) or PhD degree (for the post-doc fellowship) in ecology or equivalent education is required. The candidate will work with aquatic and terrestrial organisms, lab and field experiments, and biochemical analysis requiring skills in zoology, data handling, analytical biochemistry, and statistical analyses. Candidates with previous experience in food web ecology, stable isotopes and/or fatty acids, and in R statistical software may be prioritized. Previous experience from relevant field-work and peer-reviewed publications is considered an asset. We expect the candidate to be passionate about doing research, and that the candidate is willing to develop the skills to communicate this passion with other scientists and the general public. The candidate should welcome the opportunity to conduct research abroad and work within a multidisciplinary team. We are searching for reliable candidates who can work independently, but who will also function well in our team. 


Salary follows the FWF scale for PhD-students or post-doc fellows:


Applications should be submitted to Dr. Martin Kainz (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!) and include a letter of interest, CV including publications, and the names of two references.