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W3 Professorship for Systematic Zoology

Universität Hamburg
Hamburg (DE)
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Nov 5, 2022

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Universität Hamburg W3 Professorship for Systematic Zoology

Institution: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences in a joint academic search procedure with the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB)
Salary level: W3
Commencement of duties: as soon as possible
Application deadline: 2022-11-17


We are seeking an internationally renowned scientist with integrative and strategic thinking. The post holder is also expected to serve as head of the Centre for Taxonomy and Morphology. The successful candidate will also be expected to further develop taxonomy research in all aspects as a bridge between basic and applied biodiversity research at a level of international excellence.

The advertised position will be located at the LIB but also academically integrated in the Department of Biology at Universität Hamburg. Candidates should demonstrate scientific excellence and expertise in one or more of the following research areas:

  • highly innovative taxonomic and systematic research approaches, with the potential to collaborate with applied aspects of biodiversity research;
  • collection-based approaches to phenotypic evolution and change, preferably in broad taxonomic groups or with a broad scope;
  • and/or quantitative and computational analyses.

They are also expected to have experience in collection-based research, conceptual thinking, and international networking and will also be expected to actively participate in the further development of the Centre for Taxonomy and Morphology and the LIB. Experience in collection management is desired. The professorship will serve as an important link between the LIB and the Department of Biology at Universität Hamburg and strengthen the aforementioned research areas of Universität Hamburg and of the Department of Biology. Participation in additional research projects and with other departments is desired. Teaching will be carried out in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in biology, with 2 teaching hours being dedicated to the area of organismic zoology.

This is a tenured professorship. The academic search follows the leave-of-absence model (Jülich model) for joint appointments. The successful candidate will be employed as a member of the Universität Hamburg. The tenure requirements at the LIB are based on the standards for academic searches for academic leadership positions in the Leibniz Association and Section 36 of the North Rhine-Westphalian higher education act. The professorship will be located at the LIB in Hamburg.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in the University’s core research area Climate, Earth and Environment.

In their application, applicants are expected to indicate to which of the University’s core research areas, emerging fields, or profile initiatives (​en/​forschung/​forschungsprofil/​forschungsschwerpunkte.html) their research can best be assigned. Duties include working in one or more of the core research areas, emerging fields, or profile initiatives.

Section 12 subsection 7 sentence 2 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) applies.


Academic qualifications and additional requirements as specified in Section 15 HmbHG.

Additional Criteria

Applicants are expected to have international research experience as well as a successful track record in acquiring external funding and carrying out externally funded projects.

The University places particular emphasis on the quality of teaching and therefore requests that applicants provide details of their teaching experience and objectives.

Non-German-speaking post holders are expected to acquire the language skills necessary to teach in German (Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) within 2 years of commencing employment.

Following hearings to assess knowledge and expertise, management and human resources skills will be evaluated by an assessment center.

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally

The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB) is an internationally active research institute, foundation (under public law), and member of the Leibniz Association. The LIB contributes to taxonomic and molecular biodiversity research and conservation by documenting and analyzing evolutionary and ecological change. This focus means the LIB fits well with the Universität Hamburg core research area Climate, Earth and Environment and the Department of Biology research area Ecology and Biological Resources with its focus on biota in the climate system.

The Centre for Taxonomy and Morphology brings together the 2 LIB locations in Hamburg and Bonn. The LIB is internationally renowned and has excellent collections as well as a state-of-the-art research infrastructure. The center’s new head will be given the opportunity to conduct research in an excellent research environment and to work with a dynamic and motivated team.

The Leibniz Association and Universität Hamburg champion diversity and equal opportunity. The LIB has been certified as a family-friendly institution. In accordance with Section 14 subsection 3 sentence 3 HmbHG, Universität Hamburg and the LIB seek to increase the proportion of women in teaching and research and encourage female academics to apply.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

Instructions for applying


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Misof
+49 228 9122‑289

Prof. Dr. Susanne Dobler
+49 40 42838‑4288

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Application deadline

Please submit your application electronically with your curriculum vitae, list of publications, teaching experience, successful record of acquiring external funding and conducting externally funded projects, copies of certificates and documents, 3 repre­sentative publications, teaching and research plans, and additional evidence of skills and experience (e.g., presentations, posters, significant roles held in organizations, etc.), and the reference number, by email as a single PDF file, to

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