The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

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The Biology department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bonn, and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (Bonn) are calling for a

Director of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
associated with a professorship (W3) for Animal Taxonomy and Systematics at the University of Bonn

to be appointed on 1st of August 2019.

The mission of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is to contribute to the exploration and conservation of global species diversity, to promote taxonomy and molecular biodiversity research, to develop tools required for biodiversity monitoring, the documentation and analysis of ecological and evolutionary biodiversity changes, and to promote knowledge transfer. Further on, ZFMK is a museum with significant public exhibitions on animals and habitats. ZMFK is a public foundation and member of the Leibniz community. ZFMK is an internationally recognized research institution for terrestrial and freshwater zoology and a nationally unique center for molecular biodiversity research.

We are seeking an exceptional, visionary and integrative leader and scientist for the position of director of this institution, able to foster the ongoing development of the ZFMK as a globally leading institute for biodiversity research and biodiversity monitoring. This process requires establishing research strategies in consultation with the Scientific Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees. Applicants should have experience in leading a research institution and fulfill the formal requirements for holding a professorial chair. Scientific excellence of candidates includes outstanding contributions in the fields of zoological taxonomy, phylogenetics, phylogenomics and its algorithmics, species-based and molecular biodiversity research as well as successful fundraising. Applicants must be familiar with collection-based research and collection management and must have taxonomic expertise. They should also have excellent communication and negotiation skills and speak the German language fluently (CEF-level C2). The professorship is a permanent position, approbation as director will initially be for 5 years; as a rule, approbation will be extended.

The Biology department and especially the zoological sciences cooperate closely with the ZFMK. Cooperative research aims at analyzing interdependencies between environment, phenotype and genome as basis for sustainable biodiversity management. For this purpose, prospective appointments of professorships should strengthen integrative evolutionary research and nature conservation in terms of an applied and species-based ecological research. The director will simultaneously hold a Chair for Animal Taxonomy and Systematics at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the University of Bonn; the formal appointment follows either according to the “Jülicher Modell.” The teaching duties will be reduced to 2 SWS; lectures and courses should be part of the international master program MSc. OEP Biology. For detailed information see www.zfmk.de, www.biologie.uni-bonn.de and www.oep-bio.uni-bonn.de.

Formal requirements for employments are regulated by the standards for appointments in leading scientific positions within the Leibniz Association and by § 36 Hochschulgesetz NRW.

The Leibniz Association and the University of Bonn are committed to diversity and equal opportunities. The University of Bonn is certified as a family-friendly university and has a dual career service. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore strongly encourages women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

Applications in English, accompanied by supporting documentation (CV, certificates, lists of publications and funding, teaching activities and copies of certificates) and a concept for developing the museum and university cooperation should be submitted until 31st of March 2019 in electronic form to the Head of the Biology Department, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Endenicher Allee 11-13. 53115 Bonn, Germany (E-Mail: biologie [at] uni-bonn [dot] de).

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The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (Bonn) and the Biology department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bonn, are calling for a

Professor (W3) for Biodiversity Monitoring

to be appointed immediately.

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) (Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity) is seeking an exceptional and visionary scientist for a professorship for Biodiversity Monitoring. The professor will simultaneously hold a chair for Biodiversity Monitoring at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the University of Bonn. The contract for this permanent position follows the “Jülicher Modell”, with ZFMK as authorizing and financing institution and the University of Bonn as contracting party. The mission of the ZFMK is to contribute to the conservation and exploration of species diversity, to promote taxonomy and molecular biodiversity research. The chair will develop tools required for biodiversity monitoring and for documentation and analysis of biodiversity changes especially in Central Europe, and to promote knowledge transfer.

Responsibilities of a successful candidate are

cooperation with the Directorate of ZFMK to develop research strategies and to establish initiatives promoting biodiversity monitoring primarily in Europe,
development of research strategies, and of the infrastructure required for large-scale monitoring of species diversity and for the analysis of drivers of change, in collaboration with other research institutes, NGOs and government agencies,
management of interdisciplinary research teams,
education and supervision of students of the University of Bonn, especially in the international master program OEP Biology (https://www.oep-bio.uni-bonn.de/),
fundraising for research, participation on public relation, and fruitful interaction with the staff, the Leibniz Association, and the wider scientific community,
establishment of strong partnerships in the local community, getting citizen scientists and natural history associations involved.

The chair requires an excellent zoological background, knowledge in taxonomy and ecology of European fauna, in ecological statistics, in modern species monitoring technologies, and familiarity with distribution modeling. Candidates have a strong research and publication record in the field of species diversity, and an excellent understanding of the challenges in this area of research. They are successful in fundraising, including planning, organizing and managing research in national and international networks, and they are experienced in supervising and working with museum staff, students and volunteers. Candidates are committed to the conservation of biodiversity and are actively engaged in research relevant for species and habitat conservation. They are visionary and able to provide strategic direction and strong leadership. A successful candidate is experienced in leading large research teams, formally qualified for a professorship, and able to participate in the institute’s self-governance. He/she is familiar with the goals and structure of the Leibniz Association (www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/en/home) and the mission and obligations of its research museums (www.bmbf.de/files/Bund-Laender-Eckpunktepapier-Forschungsmuseen-Leibniz.pdf).

The biology department and especially the zoological sciences of the University of Bonn closely collaborate with the ZFMK. Collaborative research projects should address interdependencies between environment, land-use, phenotype and genome as a basis for sustainable biodiversity management. For detailed information see www.zfmk.de and www.biologie.uni-bonn.de.

Formal requirements for employments are regulated by the standards for appointments in leading scientific positions within the Leibniz Association and by § 36 HG NRW. The University of Bonn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications in English, accompanied by supporting documentation (CV, certificates, lists of publications and funding, teaching activities, and copies of certificates) and a vision for developing the museum and university cooperation should be submitted until 31 March 2019 in electronic form to the head of the Biology Department, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Endenicher Allee 11-13, 53115 Bonn, Germany (email: biologie [at] uni-bonn [dot] de).

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PhD studentship (TV-L E13, 65%)
“Metabarcoding of invertebrates”

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) invites applications for a 3-year PhD position starting no later than May 1st, 2019.

The position is part of the project "Integrative Analysis of the influence of pesticides and land use on biodiversity in Germany” (INPEDIV). The interdisciplinary joint research of seven partner institutes[1] is led by the Zoological Research Museum Koenig and funded for 3 years by the Leibniz Competition. The aim of this study is to investigate consequences of organic and conventional farming for biodiversity in protected areas. By use of traditional methods and new technologies, we will examine agricultural land use effects on a broad range of plant and animal taxa at study sites in the Rhineland and in Brandenburg.

We seek an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate for field sampling and metabarcoding of invertebrates in the Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research at the ZFMK in Bonn. The main task of the PhD student is to analyze insect and soil fauna samples using novel metabarcoding bioinformatic pipelines and the GBOL reference database.

The project will involve the analysis of metabarcoding sequence data from thousands of samples and their integration with data from soil pesticide and nutrient content, land-use patterns and vegetation characteristics, as well as with the occurrence of insectivorous vertebrate species. The PhD student will be supervised by a multi-disciplinary team led by Dr Sarah Bourlat (metabarcoding) and Dr Livia Schäffler (biodiversity assessments) and closely cooperate with researchers at partner institutes (vegetation, invertebrate and vertebrate ecologists, ecotoxicologists).

The PhD candidate should be highly motivated, with excellent bioinformatic skills and with a strong enthusiasm for environmental molecular biodiversity, as well as field experience and a decent background in biodiversity and ecology. Desirable skills are experience in handling large sequencing datasets, python or perl scripting skills, knowledge in statistical analyses with R and in data visualization. Students are expected to acquire and develop new skills but candidates with prior expertise in analysis of high throughput data (Illumina Mi-Seq) and using tools such as Qiime or R will be given preference. The candidate should have a Master’s degree, or be close to completing a Master’s degree in bioinformatics, biology or a related discipline. Fluent spoken and written English is essential.

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of three natural history research museums in the Leibniz Association and a lead institute in the documentation, research, and interpretation of animal biodiversity. The combination of classical museum work and various cutting-edge approaches with a modern molecular laboratory at the Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research and a state-of-the-art high-performance computing cluster offers a highly motivating and stimulating research environment. For more information about the museum see http://www.zfmk.de.

Applications should include:

(1) Letter of motivation (relevant skills, experience and research interests)

(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) Official BSc and/ or MSc certificates

(4) Contact details of two (ideally academic) references

Please submit your application electronically as a single PDF file until March 17th, 2019 to Mrs. Heike Lenz: h [dot] lenz [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de

Questions concerning the project may be directed to Dr Livia Schäffler (l [dot] schaeffler [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de), those on metabarcoding to Dr Sarah Bourlat (s [dot] bourlat [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de).

The ZFMK advocates gender equality and women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference.

[1] INPEDIV partners are the Zoological Research Museum Koenig (ZFMK), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN), the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG), the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), the Entomological Society Krefeld (EVK), as well as the Universities of Koblenz-Landau and Bonn.

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MSc Project
“Biodiversity assessment in ground-dwelling mammals”

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) invites applications for a MSc studentship. The master thesis will be a part of the project ‘Integrative analysis of the influence of pesticides and land use on biodiversity in Germany’ (INPEDIV). This interdisciplinary joint research of seven partner institutes[1] is led by ZFMK and funded for 3 years by the Leibniz Competition (project term March 2019 – February 2022). The aim of this study is to investigate consequences of organic and conventional farming for biodiversity in protected areas. By use of traditional methods and new technologies, we will examine agricultural land use effects on a broad range of plant and animal taxa at study sites in the Rhineland and in Brandenburg.

Starting date:                    Field Work Periods: 1 July – 4 Sept in 2019
(+ prior field training for handling small mammals)

Financial Support:           Travel, (field-)lodging and material costs are covered by the project

We seek an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate to work on a sub-project on small mammal trapping and data analysis at ZFMK in Bonn. The main objective of the studentship is to collect data during summer fieldwork and analyze small mammal biodiversity patterns.

After initial field training for small mammal handling, the MSc student will establish and maintain small mammal live trapping schemes for 3-4 nights at several field sites in the Rhineland Region and in Brandenburg. The students will cooperate within a larger multi-disciplinary team and will be supervised by Dr Jan Decher (ZFMK Mammalogy Section) and Dr Livia Schäffler (INPEDIV project lead).

The MSc candidate should have a BSc degree in biology, zoology or a related discipline, with a good vertebrate biology background and strong enthusiasm for biodiversity assessment in mammals. Field biology/ outdoor skills, willingness to work under rugged conditions, and a valid driver's licence are essential (own car is an asset). Statistic knowledge with R or SPSS etc. and graphical data visualization is desirable. Fluent spoken and written German and English is a prerequisite.

Applications should include:

(1) Letter of motivation (relevant skills, experience and research interests)

(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) Official BSc certificate

(4) Contact details of one (ideally academic) reference.

Please submit your application electronically as a single PDF file until March 31st, 2019 to
Mrs. Heike Lenz: h [dot] lenz [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de

Questions concerning the project may be directed to Dr Livia Schäffler (l [dot] schaeffler [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de), those on small mammal MCs thesis to Dr Jan Decher (j [dot] decher [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de).

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of three natural history research museums in the Leibniz Association and offers a pleasant and stimulating research environment.
We value equality of opportunity, human dignity, racial/ ethnic and cultural diversity. For gender equality reasons, women are strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference.

[1] INPEDIV partners are the Zoological Research Museum Koenig (ZFMK), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN), the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG), the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), the Entomological Society Krefeld (EVK), as well as the Universities of Koblenz-Landau and Bonn.

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Metabarcoding

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 metabarcoding.

Recent developments in the field of metabarcoding have enabled large-scale applications in biodiversity monitoring and conservation. We seek to expand our metabarcoding section to cover a range of areas such as biomonitoring and next generation biodiversity assessments, the study of food webs, plant-animal and host-parasite interactions, as well as large-scale processing and analysis of metabarcoding data from bulk samples (e.g. insects from malaise traps).

We are particularly interested in candidates using metabarcoding in their research and/or candidates developing analytical tools for metabarcoding.

We seek an innovative and accomplished scientist whose research program will complement and diversify existing departmental research areas which include integrative taxonomy, phylogenomics, evolutionary biology and biodiversity research on animals.

Assessment Criteria:

The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research expertise. This comprises research merits as well as the applicant´s potential to contribute to the future development of metagenomics. Special weight will be given to expertise in large-scale metabarcoding studies and biodiversity assessments, as well as to scientific independence and the ability to attract external funding. The planned research of the applicant shall complement on-going research at the Center of Molecular Biodiversity Research. The candidate is expected to establish an internationally competitive research group, to successfully apply for research grants, to publish in internationally 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 Biology or a closely related field with strong emphasis on (meta)genomics;
  • an internationally competitive publication record;
  • experience in processing amplicon high-throughput sequencing data;
  • experience in metabarcoding data analysis and visualization;
  • 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 barcoding applications.

We offer a highly motivating environment and ability to work independently. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-L E 13). An upgrade of salary and benefits to TV-L E 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 complete publication record, a research plan, a list of successful grant applications, names of three potential referees and five selected publications, until 08.04.2019 to Mrs. Heike Lenz (e-mail: h [dot] lenz [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de). In case of questions concerning the position please contact Dr. Sarah Bourlat (e-mail: S [dot] Bourlat [at] leibniz-zfmk [dot] de).

For more information about the museum see http://www.leibniz-zfmk.de

Contact person

Personnel Office
+49 228 9122-203
+49 228 9122-212
h [dot] lenz [at] zfmk [dot] de