PostDoc position (m/f/d) in "Borders, boundaries, zones: The emergence and construction of space" (HIPP Pos #3b)

Alfred Wegener Institute

Germany

August 31, 2022

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PostDoc position (m/f/d) in "Borders, boundaries, zones: The emergence and

construction of space" (HIPP Pos #3b)

Background 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 offers

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).

Overview 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 gradual?

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.

We offer

  • 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.
  • Requirements

    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 position.

    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 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!

    If you have any questions about your eligibility or the application procedure, please feel free to contact Ruth Krause (ruth.krause@hifmb.de). If you have content-related questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Kimberley Peters (kimberley.peters@hifmb.de) or Prof. Dr. Thilo Gross (thilo.gross@hifmb.de; +49(471)4831-2526).

    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

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