Postdoctoral position (m/f/d) in Modelling of Urban Animals

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24.02.2021, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the TUM School of Science in Freising is recruiting a postdoctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) to work in the EU-funded research project ECOLOPES, limited to 24 months (100%, approx. 40.1h/week). ECOLOPES is an innovative HORIZON 2020 funded research project proposing a radical change for city development: instead of minimizing the negative impact of urbanization on nature, we aim at urbanization to be planned and designed such that nature – including humans – can co-evolve within the city. We envisage a new integrated ecosystem approach to architecture that focuses equally on humans, plants, animals, and associated organisms such as microbiota. ECOLOPES will provide the technology that will help to achieve this vision.

The advertised position will be critical in implementing the modeling of population dynamics and resource requirements of animals into the computational architectural tools developed in ECOLOPES.

Your tasks:
Your task will be to model the animal component of the ecolope, i.e. the multi-species living envelope of the new type of building envisioned by the ECOLOPES project. The ecolope will enable the placement and development of soil, growth, and immigration of plants, settlement and reproduction of animals, and the build-up of a healthy microbiota. At its initial stage, the ecolope will be modeled as a seeded substrate where vegetation will develop according to abiotic and biotic conditions, vegetation succession dynamics, and management. The development of plant communities will open the ecolope to animal colonization and population dynamics, object of the proposed position.
The postdoc will dynamically model the colonization and opportunities of settlement of representative animal species on the ecolope, according to regional conditions, and abiotic and biotic conditions on the ecolope, likely using the individual-based modeling platform Rangeshifter. A phase of validation, with existing data or data to be collected, is envisioned. Ultimately, the postdoc will work on the coupling of the animal model together with the vegetation and architectural models. The postdoc will also be in charge of coordination tasks of the project.

What we expect from you
• University degree (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. in ecology, biology, environmental planning, landscape ecology, or a comparable field of study
• Experience in the modeling of populations
• Interest and experience in urban ecology welcome
• Experience in using RangeShifter welcome
• Interested in interdisciplinary approaches
• Good language skills (English)
• Ability to work in a team

Our offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in a motivated international team and in the dynamic Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, in TUM (Freising). Cooperation partners in ECOLOPES are the Technical University of Munich in Germany, the University of Genua in Italy, the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, TECHNION in Haifa, Israel, McNeel Europe, based in Barcelona, Spain, and Studio Animal-Aided Design in Germany. The Chair of Terrestrial Ecology is an international and dynamic team of about 35 people almost equally shared between postdocs, PhDs, and technical staff. The team works on various topics, including biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, plant-insect interactions, urban ecology, and global changes impacts on biodiversity. Freising is a charming small student Bavarian city in Munich vicinity, very well connected to Munich by train, and a perfect start point to explore Bavaria and Germany.
Working hours are flexible and remuneration is in accordance with the applicable TUM regulations (TV-L). Severely disabled persons will be given preference in the case of essentially equal suitability and qualifications. The TUM aims to increase the proportion of women; applications from women are therefore expressly welcomed.

Please send your application with a short letter of motivation, CV, certificates etc. as well as the contact details of two references to Technische Universität München, Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, Tel: 08161-71-3495, Email:, by 10 March 2021. If you are applying by email, please send all documents as a single PDF document.

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Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Anne Mimet ( or Prof. Wolfgang W Weisser (
More information about the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group can be found at

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