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

For the Institute of Botany we are looking for an

Academic employee (m/f/d) in Ecology


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.

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

Background: The new Ecosystem Research Group (Prof. Dr Emma Sayer) in the Institute of Botany investigates the mechanistic basis for ecosystem responses to global change. We study interactions between plants and soil processes by integrating methods from botany, ecology, soil science, and biogeochemistry. We conduct both large-scale field studies and detailed laboratory experiments. Current projects include research into carbon storage and greenhouse gases in tropical forests and climate change impacts in temperate forests and grasslands.

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

Your profile:

    • Enthusiasm for a career in research and teaching in ecosystem ecology
    • Completed PhD in Ecology, Plant Sciences, Forest Research, or similar discipline
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary team
    • Experience with ecological or ecophysiological measurements in the field; possibly also with functional 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 (lab and field) in ecosystem ecology
    • 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: :

Prof. Dr. Emma Sayer, phone +49 731 50-23300

We look forward to your application via our online application portal

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