> Scope:                 Fulltime
> Temorary:           3 years
> Remuneration:   TV-L 13
> Start:                   as soon as possible

For the Institute of Botany we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) in plant ecology or ecophysiology


We seek to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and particularly encourage qualified female scientists to apply for this position.

Severely disabled applicants with equal aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Full-time positions are generally divisible.

initially limited to 36 months, but with the possibility of long-term extension.

Background: The new Institute of Botany investigates the mechanistic basis for plant responses to their environment. We integrate functional morphology, ecophysiology, and ecology of plants to understand how plants react to change. We carry out both large-scale field studies and detailed laboratory experiments. Current projects include water and gas transport and the effects of climate change on trees. We seek an academic staff member who will collaborate with the groups of Prof. Steven Jansen and Prof. Emma Sayer, thus forming an interface between the research foci of these two groups.

We offer:

  • A constructive working environment in a friendly international team
  • Participation in cutting-edge research projects
  • Modern facilities and access to long-term experimental sites
  • Opportunities to develop your own research and apply for funding
  • Career development opportunities, as well as mentoring as you build your own research profile
  • Flexible working arrangements for compatibility with family life
  • Possibility of long-term employment

Your profile:

    • Enthusiasm for a career in research and teaching in botany or plant ecology
    • Completed PhD in Botany, Plant ecology, Plant Sciences, or related discipline
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary team
    • Experience with ecological or ecophysiological measurements in the field; or with functional morphology measurements in the laboratory
    • Willingness to learn and acquire new research skills
    • Good working knowledge of German and English
    • A category B driving license or willingness to obtain a driving license

Your responsibilities:

    • Project management, including independently planning, conducting, and evaluating scientific studies
    • Data collection and management, as well as data analysis in R
    • Writing and contributing to scientific publications
    • Co-supervising B.Sc. and M.Sc. research projects and contributing to taught courses
    • Presenting research results at conferences and symposia

The university and what we offer:


Seize the opportunity and join us in shaping the future of the University!

Hiring is done by the Central University Administration.

Your contract for further information: :

Emma Sayer or Steven Jansen, phone +49 731 50-23300/23302

We look forward to your application via our online application portal

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