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Evolutionary Genomics

The Center of Molecular Biodiversity Research (https://www.zfmk.de/en/zmb) at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) seeks enthusiastic, creative, and productive applicants for a full time tenure track position in the field of Evolutionary Genomics. The evolutionary analysis of rapidly expanding genomic datasets requires development and implementation of sophisticated laboratory techniques, rigorous computational approaches, and theoretical work. The successful applicant is expected to develop a strong, independent, externally funded research program for a better understanding of the evolution of zoological biodiversity, contributing to novel insights in evolution from analyses of complex genomic datasets.

We are particularly interested in candidates performing comparative genomic research over a wide range of taxa and/or in candidates developing theoretical foundations of evolutionary genomics. We seek an innovative and accomplished scientist whose research program will complement and diversify existing departmental research areas including integrative taxonomy, phylogenomics, evolution and biodiversity research on animals.

Assessment Criteria:

The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research expertise. Research expertise comprises genomics research merits as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of evolutionary genomics. In assessing research expertise, special weight will be given to large-scale comparative genomic studies, evolutionary studies, and research on non-model animals. Special weight will also be paid to scientific independence and the ability, or expected ability, to attract external funding. The planned research of the applicant shall complement on-going research in the Center of Molecular Biodiversity Research. The candidate is expected to establish an international competitive research group, to successfully apply for research grants, to publish in international recognized journals, and to tightly collaborate with other research groups at the ZFMK.

Required qualifications:
It is essential that the applicant has

  • a PhD in Evolution or Molecular Biology or a closely related field with strong emphasis on evolutionary genomics;
  • experience in working with non-model organisms (animals);
  • an internationally competitive publication record;
  • experience analysing DNA sequence and genome data (computational skills);
  • experience in staff management and student supervision;
  • motivation to work in a team and take responsibility;
  • excellent communication skills.

The ZFMK is a Zoological Research Museum of the Leibniz Association cooperating with the University of Bonn, funded by the Federal State of NRW and the federal government. The Center of Molecular Biodiversity Research has been established to foster molecular research spanning from genomics and speciation genetic research to developing high-throughput bar-coding applications.

We offer a highly motivating environment and ability to work independently. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (E13, TVL-13). An upgrade of salary and benefits to E14, TVL-14 is possible and will be subject of the tenure evaluation. The ZFMK advocates gender equality. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely disabled applicants will be given preference. The contract will start as soon as possible and will initially be restricted to three years. A tenured position will be subject to personal performance reviewed by a commission.

Please send your application by e-mail attachment, including a detailed CV, a research plan, a list of successful grant applications, names of three potential referees and five publications, until March 15th 2017 to Mrs. Heike Lenz (e-mail: h [dot] lenz [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de). In case of questions concerning the position please contact Prof. Dr. Bernhard Misof, Head of the Center of Molecular Biodiversity Research (e-mail: b [dot] misof [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de).

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