Doctoral Positions in the Research Training Group R3

(part-time 65% - 75 % , E 13 TV-L)

Reference Number 2019/263. The start date is April 1st, 2020. Each position is available for three years.

The University of Konstanz has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and Excellence Strategy since 2007.

The RTG “R3 – Responses to biotic and abiotic changes, Resilience and Reversibility of lake ecosystems” at the University of Konstanz is a scientific training program for doctoral students funded by the DFG since April 2017. In the RTG R3 we study reversibility and resilience of lake ecosystems to environmental change using Lake Constance as a model system aiming at a mechanistic understanding of the system response to disturbances. In our research we combine classical and novel methods such as population genomics and metagenomics approaches, metabolic profiling, comparative multi-species experiments in chemostats and mesocosms, paleo-limnological and resurrection ecology approaches, time-series analyses, and numerical simulations. More information about the research projects and the RTG R3 in general are available on our website at:

Your responsibilities

  • Independent development of the research project with own ideas and enthusiasm under the guidance of the PhD Advisory Committee
  • Active participation in the activities of the RTG R3 (training courses, annual retreat, etc.)

Your Competencies

  • Excellent Master (or equivalent) in ecology, biology, physics, biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, math-ematics depending on RTG project Strong interpersonal and influence skills
  • Strong Motivation
  • Very good communication skills and the ability for teamwork
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)

We Offer

  • Full funding for international and German students
  • A structured doctoral qualification programme
  • a professional infrastructure and an appropriate workplace for conducting research
  • A highly stimulating research envi-ronments

All applications and supporting materials (motivation letter including motivation to become part of the RTG, ranking of 3 preferred projects from the project list, curriculum vitae including degree certificates, abstract of master thesis, two letters of recommendation have to be submitted in English via the Online Application Portal including reference number 2019/263 . Questions can be directed to Dr. Tina Romer via E-Mail: or by phone: (+ 49 (0)7531 / 88 – 3124). We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents via our Online Application Portal . The application process is open until the position is filled.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme ( Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).



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