ESR09 - Data analysis methods for the evaluation of fish migration paths

Host Institution: SJE - SJE Ecohyrdaulic Engineering GmbH

Location: Stuttgart (Germany)

Doctoral degree: PhD in Biosciences Engineering at the Ghent University, Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology (Belgium).

The Doctoral progamme has a duration of 4 years (3 years funded by RIBES project, 1 year by the Ghent University)

Job description: The project will focus on new methodologies for the analysis of fish tracking data. The main objectives are: (1) to evaluate standardized fish telemetry data; (2) to improve spatial and temporal analysis of fish migration; (3) to analyse fish behaviour in the environment of fish barriers. The following activities will be carried out: Research on literature dealing with movements of migrating fish and impact parameters; familiarization with tools and methods used to analyze fish habitats and migration behavior; analysis of telemetry data and correlation with hydraulics, morphology; development and implementation of methods for the analysis and visualization of fish tracks and the prediction of fish movement; development and implementation of methods for the assessment of fish migration facilities and their mitigation; writing of scientific articles in international journals, that serve as a basis to obtain the degree of PhD in Bioscience Engineering; give presentations (platform and posters) at international conferences

Workplace: SJE Ecohydraulic Engineering is a spin-off of the Stuttgart University (Germany), since 2001. With 4 highly qualified employees we assess and mitigate the negative impacts of human activities on rivers. SJE develops the habitat model CASiMiR, used in applied projects and research. The company is neighbored to the University with 10 min metro-connection to downtown or airport. We provide a workplace in an informal family atmosphere with state-of-the-art infrastructure. A regular follow-up is foreseen with the promoters at Ghent University (UGENT) and the Institute of Forest and Nature (INBO-VLAGEW). 

Secondment period (to be confirmed): Expected duration: 8 months; Hosting institutions: UGENT (Ghent University - Ghent, Belgium - 6 months Doctoral training on aquatic ecology and ecological modelling to attain the degree), TALTECH (University of Tallin - Tallin, Estonia)

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Candidate requirements:


  • MSc in Sciences (spec. Biology/Ecology) or MSc in Biology
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering / Civil Engineering / Informatics / Bioscience Engineering or comparable MSc. Degree
  • Applications from candidates not yet graduated by the call deadline (with Diploma foreseen at the latest by the end of July 2020) are accepted

Specific mandatory skills:  

  • Experience in basic programming related to data analysis (R, Python or similar, Matlab) 

Specific desirable skills: 

  • Experience in hydraulic and habitat modelling
  • Experience in GIS application
  • Knowledge in fish biology, specifically habitat requirements and telemetry investigations
  • Experience in fieldwork techniques, such as fishing and/or terrestrial or aquatic telemetry 

Specific requirements of the Doctoral School:

A B2 or IELTS of minimum 6.5 level (and for all aspects minimum 6.5) of English is needed

Mobility rule:

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

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Contact person(s): 

Matthias Schneider

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