The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin is Germany’s premier wildlife research institute, one of seven research institutes in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V., a member of the Leibniz Association and jointly funded by the German federal and state governments. The IZW focuses on the life histories and mechanisms of evolutionary adaptations of mammals and birds, their limits and their conservation in natural and anthropogenically influenced environments. The institute operates within the fields of evolutionary ecology, ecological dynamics, evolutionary genetics, wildlife diseases, reproduction biology and reproduction management.

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) offers

one PhD and one Post-doc position

to study the

ecology and movement of carnivores in the Grater Etosha Landscape
spatial and feeding ecology of Namibian Vultures
within the Department of Evolutionary Ecology.

Carnivores: The project studies the ecology and movement of lions and other carnivores in and around the Etosha National Park.

Vultures: The project studies the ecology and movement of vultures in northern Namibia, including Etosha National Park. The main species involved is the white backed vultures, for which a large dataset has been collected over the past 7 years, waiting to be analysed.

The main objective is to provide insights into fine-scale movement and behaviour patterns of lions and vultures with the help of GPS and activity sensor data of tagged animals.

In addition, the data collected will provide the opportunity to answer many environmental, ecological, biological as well as behavioural questions. We are a dynamic and innovative multidisciplinary team that is passionate about research, technology, and conservation. If you share the passion and are highly motivated, this opportunity may be for you!


Completed university degree (M.Sc. or PhD) in biology, ecology or comparable disciplines;
Background in movement ecology, ornithology or biology;
High motivation and efficiency; ability to work independently and as part of a team;
Proficiency in English;
Good writing style;
Flexibility and ability to travel to Namibia will be important;
For the Postdoc: The successful applicant will be expected to publish regularly, and a record of successful publication will be a prerequisite.
The positions will start as soon as possible and are limited for the duration of the project, which ends June 2024.

Working hours comprise 23,5 hours per week (65 % for PhD position) / 39 hours per week (100 % for post-doc) with salary and benefits according to TVöD (Bund).

As member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz-IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers and particularly encourages women to apply.

We welcome applications, regardless of gender, origin, sexual orientation and religion; all applicants have equal opportunities. Disabled persons are given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified. The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research actively supports the compatibility of work and family and promotes equality.

For enquiries or further questions please contact Dr. Jörg Melzheimer / Herrn Ortwin Aschenborn (Leibniz IZW) via email: .

Please send us your complete application documents, i.e. letter of motivation, CV and all relevant certificates. The application deadline is February 15th, 2022. We look forward to your application!

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