The Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) is a research institute located in Oldenburg. It researches marine biodiversity and its importance for the function of marine ecosystems. In doing so, it develops the scientific basis for marine nature conservation and ecosystem management. The HIFMB was founded in 2017 and is an institutional cooperation between the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg.

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The Institute of Sea Fisheries belongs to the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries. The institute conducts ecological and economic research on fisheries in order to keep fish stocks and ecosystems in the North Sea and North Atlantic healthy, to support sustainable use of biological resources and integration of ecosystem-compatible human activities at sea. The Institute provides decision support for the tasks of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture within the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union.

PostDoc (m/f/d) in Biodiversity and Connectivity of Marine Protected Areas

HIFMB/AWI and Thünen Institute jointly seek for a Postdoc (w/f/d) ‘Biodiversity and Connectivity of Marine Protected Areas´ in the framework of the third-party funded project 'CREATE - Concepts for Reducing the Effects of Anthropogenic pressures and uses on marine Ecosystems and on Biodiversity' and addresses the research mission of the The German Marine Research Alliance on 'Protection and Sustainable Use of Marine Areas.

With the advertised position, research questions on the topic of connectivity between marine protected areas will be pursued in the BMBF-funded project "CREATE". Modern molecular genetic methods, in particular metabarcoding of zooplankton and environmental DNA samples, will be analysed. In addition, the Postdoc will lead the cross-disciplinary synthesis of the results within a project group, for which a lively exchange with the work of the project partners will be designed, encompassing genetic as well as biophysical and geological aspects. The PostDoc (m/f/d) is affiliated with the HIFMB Focus Group Marine Molecular Ecology.



Further Information
For further information, please contact Dr. Silke Laakmann (;
+49(471)4831-2566) or Dr. Anne Sell (+49(471)94460-365;

This is a full-time position, limited to 3 years. The employment contract is to be concluded with the Alfred Wegener Institute for 15 months and directly thereafter with the Thünen Institute. It is also suitable for part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

Postdocs have to register with AWI's postdoc office PROCEED, thereby gaining access to a set of tailor-made career development tools.

We offer

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

We look forward to your application!
Please submit your application by October 31st 2021, exclusively online.
Reference number 21/172/D/Bio-b