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PostDoc position in Entomology (100%, PostDoc)

The Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn, invites applications for a PostDoc position in Entomology in the newly formed Agroecology and Organic Farming Group at the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Protection. The position is offered for the duration of three years, starting from the earliest possible date.

Focus of the envisaged research is the behaviour of agriculturally important insects, especially pollinators and pests. Selected species will be investigated in the context of diversification of cropping systems. A central aim will be to investigate in which way behavioural mechanisms of insects can be exploited in the optimisation of diversified cropping systems. One of the possible focus areas is sensory ecology of insects, e.g. with regard to visual und chemical stimuli. The position includes teaching (4 SWS/ hours per week).


Your responsibilities:

  • Designing and developing experimental methods for research on the behaviour of agriculturally relevant insect species
  • Planning, conducting and analysis of insect behavioural experiments in the field and in the laboratory
  • Writing scientific publications for international journals, actively participating in research meetings and conferences in Germany and abroad

Required qualifications, skills and experience:

  • MSc in agriculture, ecology or biology, or equivalent degree
  • PhD in entomology or equivalent experience
  • Experience in approaches to investigate insect behaviour in the laboratory and/or in the field
  • Experience in statistical analysis of experimental data
  • Team work experience, curiosity and very good communication skills
  • Efficient and committed way of working
  • Driving licence (“Klasse B”)
  • Very good English language skills

We offer:

  • An interesting and stimulating job in research and teaching in an international environment
  • Salary at level E13 TV-L (100%)
  • A reduced rate public transport travel pass is available on request (VRS-Ticket)
  • Infrastructure and resources for lab and field studies, including apiary

The University of Bonn is an equal-opportunity employer.

If you are interested in this position, please send your complete application (including motivation letter, curriculum vitae, certificates and list of publications) to Mrs. A. Sollik, Department of Agroecology and Organic Farming, University of Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 6, 53112 Bonn. The closing date is 22nd March 2018. Please cite the Reference 11/18/3.13. If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail ( or visit our websites at For questions on research content please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Döring (, Tel. 0228 73 5143).

Research Associate (m/f, 50%) with the possibility to obtain a PhD

The University of Bonn is seeking applications for a three-year Horticultural Scientist position working in the project "Innovations for NRW to increase resource efficiency and environmental compatibility in horticulture" based at the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Horticultural Science. The position will start on April 1st 2018.

You have:       

  • A university degree (diploma or masters) in the field of agricultural scienc-es, decision-making sciences or another relevant subject.
  • Basic knowledge of at least one of the following areas (preferably several):
    • Programming / modelling
    • Managing and moderating participatory workshops / processes
    • Production of ornamental plants
  • Very good German and English skills,
  • Holistic systems thinking ability.

You are:

  • Dedicated, flexible, responsible and team-oriented.
  • Open to new scientific approaches regarding the holistic analysis of agricul-tural systems.

We offer:       

  • A supportive, diverse and varied working environment, with activities that include:
    • Determination of resource efficiency and environmental compatibility of ornamental crops in North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany.
    • Assessment of the state of knowledge on all significant aspects of the cultivation of Heather (Calluna vulgaris).
    • Application of decision-analysis modelling in horticulture, consisting of participatory model development processes that involve both practi-tioners and experts.
    • Probabilistic simulation for the identification of important management parameters regarding resource efficiency and environmental compati-bility as well as decision-relevant knowledge gaps.
  • Flexible working hours and opportunities for personal development,
  • Occupational pension fund (VBL),
  • University sports,
  • Competitive salary (EG 13 TV-L).

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. The University is a certified family-friendly university. Its aim is to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are underrepre-sented. It therefore urges qualified women to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the National Equality Act. The applications of suitable persons with proven severe disabilities and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

For further information contact Dr. Hannah Jaenicke, Horticulture Competence Center (KoGa), Tel. 02225-9808735, E-Mail:; For more information about the research approach contact Dr. Eike Luedeling (


Deadline for applications is 7 February 2018.

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and other application documents by e-mail to Dr. Hannah Jaenicke.