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The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz IZW) in Berlin is Germany’s premier wildlife research institute. The Leibniz IZW focuses on the life histories and mechanisms of evolutionary adaptations of mammals and birds, their limits and their conservation in natural and anthropogenically influenced environments. The institute operates within the fields of evolutionary ecology, ecological dynamics, evolutionary ge-netics, wildlife diseases, reproduction biology and reproduction management.

The IZW-Department of Reproduction Management offers (beginning earliest 9th of September, 2019) a

research scientist position 65 %

in the BMBF funded Consortium Project “Advanced Reproduction Technologies for the Rescue of Highly Endangered Mammals such as the Northern White Rhino – Subproject I: Coordination and Assisted Reproduction”.

The project is carried out in collaboration with the University of Padua (Italy), the Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (MDC) and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW). The scientist will be allocated at IZW Berlin.

The work involves the following tasks:

  • Ethical Review Process
  • Analyses of public surveys in Germany and Italy
  • To apply tools such as the Ethical Matrix and decision trees
  • To apply precautionary principle analysis
  • Focus group and Ethical Delphi Analysis


  • Completed university degree (Master of Science or Diploma) for example in Human Sciences,
  • Proficient background in Ethics and experiences in Ethical Review Processes,
  • Reliability, high motivation, efficiency and resilience;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong organisational and communication skills, willingness to engage in collaboration for successful and timely implementation of the project and publication of results;
  • Proficiency in English.

We offer state-of-the-art methodology and a stimulating research environment in an interdisciplinary, collaborative project. The position will start on September, 9st, 2019 and is limited to three years. Salary is 65 % according to TVöD (Bund). The place of employment is the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz IZW), Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17, 10315 Berlin (Germany).

As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and thus particularly encourages women to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications.

Enquiries or further questions should be directed to Prof. Thomas Hildebrandt (

Please upload complete application documents including a letter of motivation explaining their interests in and particular skills for this position, CV, copies of relevant degrees, list of publications and names and contact details of three referees as soon as possible but no later than 9th August, 2019 via the IZW’s ( online job-application facility (button “Apply online”).


We are looking forward to your application!