In the scope of the interdisciplinary citizen science research project “BAYSICS”, funded by the Bavarian Climate Research Network (“bayklif”) of the Bavarian State Ministry, we invite applications for a

PhD position in Urban Ecology and Citizen Science

E13 TV-L, 60 %, limited for 3 years

Your profile

  • Full university degree (Diploma/M.Sc.) in in biology, ecology, urban planning or a related discipline.
  • Interest in animal conservation and urban planning
  • Fluent in English and German
  • Knowledge in statistics, social science approaches in ecology and species identification is an advantage
  • We expect the candidate to have good communication skills and the ability to work in a team.

Background and tasks

Biodiversity loss and climate change-related alterations in animal distribution and behaviour are normally expert knowledge. This is particularly true for city dwellers where most people have little daily contact to nature. For city dwellers, urban greenspaces are the places where they can experience nature, and in particular wild animals, yet those greenspaces are under pressure as cities grow and densify. Methods such as “Animal-Aided Design” aim to integrate animals into the planning of urban greenspaces, to improve human experience of nature and animal conservation, but they require the agreement and active participation of citizens.

This project aims to involve citizens into the collection of data on animals inside and outside cities, to understand how climate change and urbanisation affects animal distribution and behaviour. In addition, it aims to explore human preferences for particular animals and the factors that influence whether humans like to have wild animals in their vicinity. The results of the project will increase our understanding of how city dweller perceive animals and how their awareness can be raised. The knowledge acquired in the project and the tools developed will help future urban planning projects to better design cities and their greenspaces, not only for humans, but also for animals. 

Our offer

  • Stimulating working environment and an interdisciplinary research team.
  • A salary in accordance to TV-L E13 (60 %). The contract for the position will be limited to 36 months
  • TUM is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.


  • Please send your application, including a cover letter, a detailed CV and contact information of two referees, as soon as possible (latest by August 15, 2018) in the form of a single pdf-file to Wolfgang Weisser (wolfgang.weisser[at]
  • Appointment date is as soon as possible.
  • For more information on Animal-Aided Design and other research activities of our research group, see
  • For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser (wolfgang.weisser[at]


Technische Universität München
Lehrstuhl für Terrestrische Ökologie

Prof. Wolfgang W. Weisser

Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
85354 Freising

E-Mail: toek[at];