PostDoc position (m/f/d) in "Borders, boundaries, zones: The emergence and
construction of space" (HIPP Pos #3b)
The Helmholtz-Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) is a new
institute on interdisciplinary marine biodiversity research, established on
the campus of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. It joins the
scientific profiles of the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of Marine
Systems (ICBM) Oldenburg and the Alfred Wegener Institute – Helmholtz Centre
for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven (AWI). In order to advance early
career development and to bring in novel perspectives into the institute,
HIFMB has created an integrative postdoc pool, HIPP, that offers postdoctoral
scientists the opportunity to develop their own research ideas and to actively
shape their scientific careers. For this call, the HIFMB is announcing an
exciting, cross-disciplinary cohort project “ The Great Poleward Shift ”
with scholars from humanities, social and natural sciences together
considering how climate change affects ecosystems and global biodiversity. The
cohort will investigate marine communities on the move and evaluate the
consequences of those movements for nature and people through varying
disciplinary approaches including: marine ecologists, (more-than) human
geographers, computer scientists, science and technology scholars,
mathematical modellers, and biologists. Within this cohort project, HIFMB
1 PostDoc position (m/f/d) in "Borders, boundaries, zones: The emergence
and construction of space" (HIPP Pos #3b)
The position will be financed for a fixed term of 3 years (100% TVöD E13,
Jan 1 2023 to Dec 31 2025).
All phenomena take place in space. The world does not exist outside of a
geographical context. l. Accordingly, spatial tropes and tools are often used
as a means to understand the processes linked to given phenomena and to manage
them. Space becomes enfolded into a variety of abstract constructs, ranging
from mathematical models to legislation. Often this is done by subdividing
areas of interest into regions that are (at least thought to be) internally
homogeneous. We thus construct a world consisting of homogeneous patches,
separated by sharp boundaries. Such acts are evident in much marine
management. But how do such boundaries form in an ecological context? How do
they arise and shift when conditions change? And what errors are we making if
our models impose sharp boundaries on a system that is actually smooth and
This project offers two positions to address this question from a
geophilosophical and a mathematical perspective. The project aims to, via one
position (#3a) interrogate the spatial modes and techniques used to
partition, border and bound marine space for the purpose of marine management
and investigate the historical development and current persistence of such
practices, and the ways it has been naturalised as a dominant way of knowing
the ocean for governance. The project further aims, via this position
(#3b) to use mathematical methods to study the persistence and coexistence
of cooperation (mean field approximation and its refinements) that? fail in
spatially embedded systems. By analyzing this failure we will develop better
tools for exploration of ecological dynamics. Moreover, the insights gained
open up a new way of understanding how space affects dynamics, and thus may
lead to answers of some of the questions raised above on marine management. We
aim to gain mathematical understanding of why spatial boundaries form in
systems and how and when they need to be taken into account in analysis.
An interdisciplinary research environment with expertise in experimental
and field oriented marine ecology, data science, modelling, marine
governance and political ecology.
Career development support through transdisciplinary workshops, seminars
and mentoring at the Graduate Academy of Oldenburg University and AWI's
postdoc office PROCEED.
A lively international atmosphere and family-friendly environment.
Formal requirements are an excellent PhD (finalized latest at Dec 31, 2022)
in physics, mathematics or related subject, experience in network science
and/or dynamics and an interest in ecology, and an encouraging scientific
track record commensurate to career stage (in publications, conference
contributions, prices, etc.). Applications include an extended motivation
letter and your academic CV with a list of the most important publications
(please use attached template). In your motivation letter, please explain
the background and existing knowledge in the context of the announced Postdoc
The AWI is characterised by
The HIPP is explicitly meant to foster networking between marine institutions.
We therefore appreciate if candidates bring in additional advisors from
institutions outside of HIFMB. HIFMB further strives for transformation and
bridging the science-policy interface. Therefore, proven experience in
transfer activities is a plus.
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
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!
If you have any questions about your eligibility or the application procedure,
please feel free to contact Ruth Krause (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you
have content-related questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Kimberley Peters
(email@example.com) or Prof. Dr. Thilo Gross
The deadline for application is August 31st, 2022. Interviews are planned
for the last week in September 2022, in Oldenburg or online.
Reference number: 22/78/G/Bio-b
CV Template: download