Research Fellow/PhD Student

The Frankfurt Zoological Society 1858 e. V. (ZGF) conserves wildlife and ecosystems, focusing on protected areas and outstanding wilderness regions worldwide. FZS develops their concepts for wildlife and area protection based on in-depth scientific research. In line with this, FZS together with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Management at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg looking for a research fellow/PhD student for the project „Assessment of predatorprey systems in wilderness areas in Eastern Europe“.

the project

This project comprises fieldwork on large predators and their prey, as well as on mesocarnivores and vegetation structure in Polesia (Belarus, Ukraine), a region which is home to large expanses of forest, mires and Europe’s last natural floodplain, the UNESCO World Natural Heritage areas of Bialowieza Primeval Forest (Belarus) and the primeval beech forests of the Carpathian Mountains (Ukraine). The PhD candidate will conduct research on the presence, density and distribution of mammals, their trophic interactions in close-to-nature forest ecosystems and the impact of human disturbance on mammal biodiversity and ecology. To this end, the processing and analysis of existing data (photo traps, satellite telemetry of wolves), as well as new systematic surveys of the project areas will be carried out, primarily using photo traps and genetic methods.


The research fellow/PhD student will be responsible for the planning, the implementation and the coordination of the field work, analysis of the collected data, the publication of the results in renowned journals and its presentat on at international conferences. He/she will also supervise bachelor and master students as well as scientific a sistants. The project team of the Frankfurt Zoological Society and local project partners will support him/her academically and in the project regions.

Your profile

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic ecologist, wildlife ecologist, numerate ecologists/statistician, forest scientist or conservation biologist with 


A competent and close supervision for a project in the field of basic ecological research and an established wide spectrum of scientific methods. The position is coordinated at the Frankfurt Zoological Society; work place is in the working group of PD Dr. Marco Heurich at the University of Freiburg / Bavarian Forest National Park Administration in Grafenau, Germany. This PhD project will also work closely with the Endangered Landscapes Program project: “Polesia: Wilderness Without Borders”, placing the student in a world leading conservation partnership aiming to restore and protect natural ecosystems. In particular, there will be a close working relationship with the British Trust for Ornithology, who will offer supervisory, technical, and on the ground support.


Please send your application (CV, motivation letter including your salary expectations and your earliest possible starting date as well as certificates including academic record) as one PDF file at the latest by 31st January 2020 by e-mail with the subject “Application ecologist” to

It is a 65% position for a period of 48 months starting on the 1st March 2020.


Frankfurt Zoological Society
Human Resources Department
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt


Research Fellow/PhD Student (PDF 2,3 MB)