Junior Research Group Leader 'Evolution & Adaptation' (f/m)

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (DE)
Up to Entgeltgruppe 15 TV-L, subject to personal qualifications
July 27 2017
Rebecca Thier-Lange
Organization Type


German Centre for Integrative
Biodiversity Research

is a world-leading institute for integrative biodiversity research. Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in integrative biodiversity research. The concept of iDiv encompasses the detection of biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change. iDiv is established as an institution in Leipzig and is run by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and Leipzig University (UL) – in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). The science consortium is enhanced by the expertise of many research institutes (Max Planck Society, Leibniz Association) and by specific member research groups.

Integrated in iDiv, the Leipzig University offers the following position as soon as possible

Junior Research Group Leader "Evolution & Adaptation"
(initially limited until September 30, 2020)
Salary: up to Entgeltgruppe 15 TV-L, subject to personal qualifications

We are searching for a research scientist with excellent qualifications in evolutionary biological research. Principally, we are looking for an enthusiastic junior researcher using empirical approaches, such as field observations or manipulations, mesocosm/lab experiments coupled with genomic analyses, to address evolutionary questions in a clear biodiversity context. Successful candidates are expected to develop an independent research program and have the explicit ambition to pursue a career in science. The candidate should have a strong intention to collaborate with biodiversity researchers from a wide variety of research fields within and beyond iDiv.

Tasks: The applicant will conduct independent, interdisciplinary research in a biodiversity related evolutionary research topic. The function includes coordination of the junior group's research efforts, supervision of PhD students and technicians, obtaining additional independent research funding (e.g. DFG, European Union), publications of research in international, high-ranking scientific journals, communication with collaboration partners within and outside iDiv, and the successful alignment of the group's research activities with iDiv's mission. Moreover, the junior group leader is expected to contribute actively to teaching activities in yDiv, iDiv's young biodiversity scientists' graduate school.

Requirements: Suitable applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in natural sciences or a closely related field and circa 2-5 years of independent postdoctoral research experience. They should demonstrate an excellent scientific track record, evidenced by several publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and successful acquisition of independent funding. Experience with student supervision and administrational or organizational activities are highly preferred.

Funding will be provided for the position of the group leader, 1 PhD student and a technician, running costs and a start-up package. The new junior research group will be – together with the already existing iDiv core groups – housed in a state-of-the-art building on the "Alte Messe" area in Leipzig. The appointment of the candidate and the group members will be via the University of Leipzig.

The position is initially limited until September 30, 2020 with prolongation dependent upon successful renewal of DFG funding for iDiv as a research centre and positive evaluation of the junior group.

Applications with reference file number 177/2017 are accepted via our application portal under apply.idiv.de. Applications should contain a CV - including information on acquired funding - a publication list indicating how publications relate to the candidate's research program, a research statement - including a short statement on how candidate's proposed research program matches with current iDiv research - of maximum 2 A4 sides, and the names and full addresses of two references. We prefer applications via our application portal, hard copy applications can be sent to German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv; Dr. Rebecca Thier-Lange; Deutscher Platz 5e; 04103 Leipzig.

The deadline for application submission is 24 August 2017. For queries on the application process, please contact Dr. Rebecca Thier-Lange (Rebecca.thier-lange@idiv.de) or Dr. Joanna Hanzel (Joanna.hanzel@idiv.de).

Applying via email is questionable under data protection law. The sender assumes full responsibility.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

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