The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive and interdisciplinary profile fields in research and teaching. The Ecosystem Analysis and Simulation Lab investigates and projects ecosystem dynamics in space and time using statistical and simulation models. Within the project BayForDemo, we are seeking a Postdoc (m/f/d) in forest modelling and statistical ecology

starting as early as possible for a duration of one year, with intended extension for another year. The 100 % position (40,1 hours per week) will be paid according to German public-sector level TV-L E13. Part-time employment is principally possible.

Your responsibilities:
You will contribute to the development of a demographic forest simulation model and calibrate it using extensive European forest data and Bayesian methods (model-data integration). You will also project future forest development and associated uncertainties under different climate scenarios and formulate adaptation strategies for forest management. The position is part of the junior research group BayForDemo, which is funded by the Bavarian Climate Research Network bayklif.

Your profile:

  • a dissertation in natural sciences with a profound knowledge of quantitative methods and ecology
  • experience with ecological simulation models and ideally Bayesian methods
  • very good knowledge of statistics and R, ideally also in a general programming language, e.g. C++/Python
  • team orientation, independent working style and high motivation to advance ecological theory and modelling
  • excellent knowledge of English, proven publication experience and enthusiasm for scientific writing

We are a diverse and dynamic working group and provide an excellent scientific infrastructure, international collaborations, and an open and collegial lab atmosphere. The Ecosystem Analysis and Simulation Lab belongs to the Bayreuth Centre for Ecological and Environmental Research (BayCEER), which offers a stimulating environment for collaboration. The University of Bayreuth is one of the leading young universities in Germany located in a region with diverse opportunities for outdoor activities.

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club “Family at University”. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favorable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Your application

Please apply online via the application portal using APPLY NOW below the key word “Postdoc Forest Modelling”. Your application should contain your curriculum vitae, publication list and a motivation letter. The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

Please direct enquires to Lisa Hülsmann (


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