The Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the TUM School of Science in Freising is recruiting a Ph.D.-student (m/f/d) to work on developing connectivity models for animals in the urban landscape. Connectivity is defined as “the degree to which the landscape facilitates or impedes movement among resource patches”.

The project will not only focus on the movement of individuals to reach their (new) breeding sites and the flux of genes between populations, but also on small-scale dispersal within the home-range of individuals. The objective of this project is to develop a modelling approach that makes use of publicly available data on urban form, animal traits and animal occurrences, and that can help in priority setting of conservation projects, the design of urban biotope networks, and landscape planning approaches. 

There will be close cooperation with the ecological modelling group of the ECOLOPES project, the research group of the EU Horizon Project NEBourhoods, and with the research team of Urban Green Labs II.

Your tasks:
Your task will be to integrate publicly available datasets on urban form, animal traits and animal occurrences, and to extend existing modelling approaches to develop and validate the connectivity model. 

What we expect from you:
•       University degree (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. in ecology, mathematical modelling, biology, environmental planning, landscape ecology, or a comparable field of study
•       Strong programming skills (R, C++, or Python)
•       Experience with large datasets and GIS
•       Experience in ecological modeling
•       Interest and experience in urban ecology welcome
•       Interested in interdisciplinary approaches
•       Good language skills (English)
•       Ability to work in a team

Our offer:
We offer an interesting and challenging job in a motivated international team at Chair of Terrestrial Ecology in TUM (Freising). Major cooperation partners in ECOLOPES, NEBourhoods and Urban Green Lbs II are the Technical University of Munich in Germany, the University of Genua in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany and the Cities of Munich and Ingolstadt.

The Chair of Terrestrial Ecology features an international and dynamic team of about 35 people almost equally shared between postdocs, PhDs, and technical staff. The team works on various topics, including biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, plant-insect interactions, urban ecology, and global changes impacts on biodiversity. Freising is a charming small student Bavarian city in Munich vicinity, very well connected to Munich by train, and a perfect start point to explore Bavaria and Germany.

Working hours are flexible and remuneration is in accordance with the applicable TUM regulations (TV-L E13/65%). Severely disabled persons will be given preference in the case of essentially equal suitability and qualifications. The position is initially for one year, but there is funding for an extension to complete the PhD. TUM aims to increase the proportion of women; applications from women are therefore expressly welcomed.

Contact and application:
Please send your application with a short letter of motivation, CV, certificates etc. as well as the contact details of two references to Technische Universität München, Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, Tel: 08161-71-3495, Email:, by 31.10.2022. If you are applying by email, please send all documents as a single PDF document.
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Please direct questions about the position to Prof. Wolfgang W Weisser ( More information about the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group can be found at
Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser
TUM, LS für Terrestrische Ökologie

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