Applying next-generation sequencing techniques to investigate food web ecology

Terrestrial Ecology Research Group, Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany

We offer one Ph.D.-position within the interdisciplinary project “Future-oriented risk management for biotic pest events in forests to ensure sustainable forest management”. The project aims at quantifying effects of insecticide applications in forests on the food web of non-target organisms.

The candidate will be responsible in developing NGS-techniques to quantify tree insect community structure and food webs, with a focus on Lepidoptera. Field work, in particular the sampling of insects, will be conducted together with another PhD-student.

The research group of Wolfgang W. Weisser is interested in investigating mechanistically the links between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Information about current research projects and group members can be found under The TUM offers attractive packages for Ph.D.-students through its graduate school including soft skill courses, Ph.D.-student retreats and paid oversees visits.

Requirements: Candidates interested in a position should have a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in a relevant field or a related area. A strong interest in plant – insect interactions and/or insect ecology is necessary. Extensive experience in relevant molecular techniques is required. We expect the candidate to have good communication skills, and the ability to work in a team. The position (E13 65% TVL) will initially be for two years. The earliest starting date is the 1.March 2017.

Application: Via email only including a cover letter with a short statement of past and future research interests, a Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications, and names and email-addresses of two referees, in a single pdf document. Review of applications will start 15.2.2017. Salaries will be paid in accordance with German regulations for public sector employees’ salary level TVL E13. TUM is an equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities to apply for this position.

For Questions please contact Wolfgang W. Weisser by Email (wolfgang.weisser[at]