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Ecohydrologist Postdoc position in Berlin; Germany
IGB (Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries), , Germany
Apply before: 14 June 2024

Ecohydrologist (m/f/d)

The research group “Landscape Ecohydrology”, led by Prof Doerthe Tetzlaff, in the Department of Ecohydrology & Biogeochemistry of IGB (Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries) in Berlin is inviting applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (24 months, fulltime with less % possible) starting from 01.09.2024. The project is a collaboration with the group of Professor Hjalmar Laudon (SLU Umea, Sweden). The aim of this position is to quantify spatial and temporal dynamics of different ecohydrological fluxes and storage dynamics in landscapes with different landuses by using integrated tracer approaches of stable water isotopes (deuterium, oxygen), water chemistry and potentially eDNA linked within advanced tracer-aided models. The position aims to quantify the resilience of landscapes to climatic perturbations and land management.

We seek a dynamic, motivated and ambitious young scientist to join an existing interdisciplinary science and modelling team on Landscape Ecohydrology to support the evolution and growth of coupled hydrological-ecohydrological modelling. It is expected that the modelling will utilise existing long-term data sets from instrumented research sites around Berlin and also from Scotland and Sweden. The successful candidate will have experience in the development and application of numerical models for different purposes, across various scales and environmental science contexts. The successful candidate should be experienced in combining process-based (hydrological) understanding with strong numerical / computational skills. Experience with programming is essential. Expertise in remote sensing & data assimilation and / or incorporation of tracers into hydrological models would be advantageous. Access to high-performance computer clusters is available to facilitate use and development of “state of the art” research models.

Your tasks

  • Integrated analysis of stable water isotopes and other tracers (water chemistry, eDNA)
  • Applying a tracer-aided modelling framework to assess and quantify dynamics in water storage and different ecohydrological fluxes
  • Assessing the effects of land management and climatic perturbations on the ecohydrology of landscapes

Your profile

  • A PhD or equivalent (or being close to receiving a PhD) in hydrology, geoecology or a related field of environmental science or environmental engineering
  • Excellent programming and numerical skills
  • Experience in the development and application of numerical models at various scales and different environmental science contexts
  • A strong publication record in internationally leading journals (commensurate with career stage)
  • Strong English language skills both in oral and written communication
  • Ability to work in a team environment

Other advantageous attributes might include:

  • Experience in multi-criteria calibration and working within uncertainty frameworks
  • Experience in incorporating tracers into hydrological models
  • Experience with stable isotope tracer
  • Experience working with water chemistry parameters or eDNA
  • Experience of working in interdisciplinary research projects
  • Evidence of successful research collaboration with national and international researchers and stakeholders

Our offer
We offer an interesting position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. We foster flat hierarchies and active participation. We allow maximum individual freedom, enabling everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund). Depending on the personal qualifications and the tasks assigned, the position will be paid up to E13. It is a full-time position with 39 working hours per week (less % possible). The position is available from 01.09.2024 and limited to 24 months based in Germany but with the possibility of extension being based at SLU Umea, Sweden.

We foster your career development ( by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life (

The IGB is committed to diversity ( We welcome every qualified application, regardless of sex and gender, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and disabilities, age or sexual orientation. Disabled applicants ( with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Are you interested?
We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, at least 2 reference letters or contact details for 2 referees) by June 14th 2024. Please state the job reference number 20/2024 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to Professor Dörthe Tetzlaff by e-mail (

"Research for the future of our freshwaters" is the mission of IGB – Germany’s largest and one of the leading international centres for freshwater research. In order to investigate different aspects of freshwater ecosystems, their biota and societal relevance, we unit a wide range of disciplines and understand research as a joint effort. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin (Brandenburg). IGB is a member of the German Leibniz Association and the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. (

Doerthe Tetzlaff MSc, PhD (Dr.rer nat.), DSc
Professor in Ecohydrology -- Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin;
Head of Department “Ecohydrology & Biogeochemistry” -- IGB Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries
Landscape Ecohydrology group (
Honorary Professor -- University of Aberdeen

Fellow American Geophysical Union AGU, Fellow Royal Society Edinburgh RSE, Fellow Geological Society America GSA, Fellow of The European Academy of Sciences, Member Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Editor-in-Chief Hydrological Processes (

Mueggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin

Of interest for:
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group