The UFZ: The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The job: To support the UFZ green roof research we are looking for a student (f/m/x) for a thesis / project work in the field of plant ecology on urban green roofs

Your tasks

  • Vegetation surveys on test areas of different green roof types and maintenance management areas
  • Vitality determination of replanted flowering plants
  • Analysis and evaluation of existing data and data to be collected on species composition and development
  • Summarizing the results 

We offer

  • Great insights into work of a leading research institute
  • Individual supervision with the possibility to work independently
  • A topic with high chances of future scientific outcomes (e.g., publications)
  • Work in international teams in a well-equipped institute

Your profile

  • Student from the field of biology, geoecology, landscape ecology or comparable fields with an ecological focus
  • Knowledge and experience in practical outdoor ecological work (especially vegetation surveys)
  • Understanding of ecological processes and botanical knowledge
  • Independence, flexibility and willingness to carry out work on a green roof independently
  • Good knowledge of German and English required
  • Good knowledge of MS Excel, basic knowledge of statistics (desirable in R)

Application deadline: 12.02.2023


Diversity and Inclusion

The UFZ has a strong commitment to diversity and actively supports equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, disability, age or sexual identity.
We look forward to applications from people who are open-minded and enjoy working in diverse teams.


Please submit your application via our online portal with your cover letter, CV (please omit your photo, age, or marital status) and relevant attachments.


Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Dr. Lucie Moeller (0341/ 235 1847)
Christian Hecht (0341/235 1645)

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