The Institute of Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E13, 65%)

The position is subject to the approval of third-party funds in the project “ReVersal - Restoring peatlands of the nemoral zone under conditions of varying water supply and quality”. The fixed-term position is available to start from 1 March 2022 or later and is limited to three years.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work with us in the European BIODIVERSA project "ReVersal - Restoring peatlands of the nemoral zone under conditions of varying water supply and quality”. The main objective of the project funded within the call “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems” is to develop a spatio-temporally explicit indicator system for peatland restoration success across peatland sites and across spatio-temporal scales.

Your tasks:
The successful candidate will work in an international and interdisciplinary team and will be responsible for the development of an upscaling approach from local field measurements via very-high resolution UAS-data to the satellite-scale. The candidate will derive peatland restoration indicators directly from multi-sensor remote sensing signals and model more complex indicators such as potential gas fluxes using machine learning methods. The candidate will publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present them at conferences.

Our expectations:
We are looking for an excellent candidate interested in working at the interface between landscape ecology and geoinformatics. The successful candidate will possess a higher education degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in landscape ecology, geography, geoinformatics or a comparable programme, with a strong focus on remote sensing and/or spatial modelling. For data analysis and processing, sound knowledge in R is mandatory. Prior experience with machine learning methods for spatial modelling of environmental variables is desirable. Candidates should demonstrate a keen interest in ecological research questions, especially in the field of ecosystem restoration and should be willing to perform fieldwork. Prior experience with planning fieldwork and experience in data acquisition using UAVs are desirable. Fluency in spoken and written English is required, as well as excellent team skills. German language skills would be advantageous, but are not a requirement.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Enquiries can be directed to Prof Hanna Meyer ( or Dr Jan Lehmann ( Please send your application (in German or English) with a letter of motivation, CV and copies of your degree certificates in a single PDF via e-mail to Dr Beate Keplin ( by 17 December 2021. Interviews are planned for 11-12 January 2022, and may be held either remotely or in person, depending on the current situation in the pandemic and whether it is feasible for the candidates to travel.