Jobs for scientists

On this page you find all open job positions at Senckenberg for scientists.

You may apply via mail or by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.

Ref.#09-19005 Scientific employee (m/f/d) in the field of Coleoptera

Job offer ref. #09-19005

For over 200 years the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) represents one of the most relevant institutions investigating nature and its diversity. Currently, scientists from more than 40 countries across 11 locations in Germany conduct research in the fields of biodiversity, earth system analysis and climate change. The head office of Senckenberg is Frankfurt am Main.

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung intends to fill at the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute (SDEI) in Müncheberg, near Berlin, as soon as possible the position of a

Scientific employee (m/f/d) in the field of Coleoptera

(full time)

 

Your tasks

·      Research concentrating on the taxonomy and phylogeny of insects, ideally on beetles (Coleoptera), including related subject areas such as morphology, evolution, biogeography, ecology or conservation biology

·      Integration in core projects of the SDEI and SGN and in processes leading to scientific publications within the framework of international research on biodiversity, concomitant with active participation in the further development of the profile of Senckenberg

·      Scientific supervision of the Coleoptera Section at the SDEI, further cataloguing of the extensive collection (about 2 million specimens) and continued expansion of the collection

·      Progressive digitalization of the beetle collection and coordination of the overall digitization strategy at SDEI in line with other entomological collections of SGN

·      Self-dependent acquisition of third-party funding and coordination of such projects

·      Leadership and training of technical personnel, willingness to teach young scientists and to cooperate with professional citizen scientists

·      To take responsibility for general functions and management processes of the institute

 

Your profile

·      Degree in biology/zoology or a related discipline, completed with a Ph.D.

·      International publication activity at a professional standard on the taxonomy and phylogeny of insects, preferably Coleoptera, with an emphasis on use of collection material

·      Willingness to participate in interdisciplinary work, including ability to successfully acquire third-party funded projects and to coordinate and successfully conclude these

·      Experience with international cooperation

·      Experience in the use and application of a wide range of research methods including modern techniques

·      Experience in the construction and care of insect collections, and preferably with digitalization of collection management

·      A wide and well-grounded knowledge of entomology and the capability of communicating this to the public

·      Active engagement in entomological societies and experience in the planning and running of professional meetings and other events involving a wider public

·      A good command of English and preferably a second language. An adequate knowledge of German is firmly desired, and its rapid acquisition expected if not already given

·      Experience in the leadership and instruction of technical assistants, students and interns, and in the cooperation with citizen scientists

·      Flexibility, team compatibility, skills in communication and organization, together with didactic ability are called for. A high degree of engagement and sense of responsibility are essential.

 

What is awaiting you?

·      An attractive and challenging position in a research institution of worldwide standing

·      An employment initially limited with the prospect of an unlimited employment

·      A salary that reflects the tasks and responsibilities of the position based on the collective agreement for public service in the state of Brandenburg (TV-L E 13)

·      Self-directed action in a motivated and professional environment

·      Good opportunities for further qualification, for example, support by the SDEI to acquire an adequate command of German within short time if necessary.

 

The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is Müncheberg, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

 

You would like to apply?

Please send your application documents (CV, certificates and references and a letter of motivation), mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #09-19005) before 2nd January, 2020 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) to:

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt am Main

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

 

For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitt, thomas.schmitt@senckenberg.de or + 49 33432 73698 – 3701.

Ref.#08-19013 Curator of Apterygota (m/f/d)

Job posting – Ref. #08-19013

For over 200 years the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) represents one of the most relevant institutions investigating nature and its diversity. Currently, scientists from more than 40 countries across 11 locations in Germany conduct research in the fields of biodiversity, earth system analysis and climate change.

The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research intends to fill at the Department of Soil Zoology of the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Görlitz, Germany, the position of a

 

Curator of Apterygota (m/f/d)

(full time)

 
Your tasks

  • Assume responsibility for the management and curatorship of the collection of apterygote insects
  • Developing and expanding the collection of apterygote insects, especially Collembola in Görlitz
  • Conduct collection-based research on the biology of soil organisms with a focus on Collembola
  • Initiate and manage research projects and actively participate in joint projects with other scientists at the department of soil zoology,  and beyond
  • Acquisition of third-party funding
  • Developing Edaphobase, the international database on soil invertebrates
  • Actively publish results of your and the department´s research in higher-ranked international scientific journals
  • Academic education of students and supervise practical work in the course of their academic qualification
  • Participation in the publication of scientific journals
  • Participation in activities of the Science and Society program of Senckenberg
     

Your profile

  • Doctoral degree in zoology or related field
  • Excellent knowledge of integrative taxonomy and systematics of Collembola and/or analysis concerning environmental influences on Collembolan communities
  • Outstanding research record in biology of Collembola, documented by publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Knowledge in (functional) character traits of Collembola
  • Experience in curating and managing zoological collections and databases
  • Knowledge in molecular taxonomy and population genetics would be desirable
  • Interest in collection-based research
  • Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding
  • Fluency in English both spoken and written; good knowledge of German would be an advantage
  • Motivation, engagement and willingness for independent scientific work, teamwork and willingness to lead a subordinate staff
     

What is awaiting you?

  • An attractive and challenging position in a research institution of international standing
  • A salary that reflects the tasks and responsibilities of the position based on the collective agreement for public service in the state of Saxony (TV-L E 13)
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – company pension scheme – 30 days holidays
     

The contract should start as soon as possible and will be initially limited. The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women in management positions and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is Görlitz, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

 

You would like to apply?

Please send your application documents, mentioning the reference of this job offer (Ref. #08-19013) before January 15th, 2020 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), to:

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt am Main

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Willi Xylander, phone: +49 3581 – 4760 – 5100.

Ref. #11-19020 Data Scientist / Science Coordinator (m/f/d)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), a member institution of the Leibniz Association, with almost 800 employees and its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, is conducting integrative natural history research with leading research institutions in six federal states. The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) explores interactions between biodiversity and climate.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by the member states of the United Nations in 2012. The IPBES aims to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

The “Technical Support Unit on Knowledge and Data” provides the scientific, technical and organisational supports to the activities and products of the IPBES and is hosted by the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute invites applications for

 

Data Scientist / Science Coordinator (m/f/d)

 (full time position)

 

The IPBES task force on knowledge and data is mandated to oversee and take part in the implementation of the “advanced work on knowledge and data” of the rolling work programme up to 2030, and act in accordance with relevant decisions by the IPBES Plenary and its subsidiary bodies by supporting assessment experts in identifying, prioritizing and mobilizing existing knowledge and data needed for IPBES assessments, guiding the secretariat, including the dedicated technical support unit, in the management of the data, information and knowledge used in IPBES products, including the development of the web-based infrastructure, to ensure their long-term availability and data interoperability, and supporting the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in reviewing the knowledge needs and gaps identified through IPBES assessments and other IPBES deliverables and in catalysing the generation of new knowledge and data. The task force will be supported by the Technical Support Unit on Knowledge and Data.

 

Your tasks

  •  You will provide scientific and technical support to the work of IPBES in the research-activities defined by the task force on knowledge and data
  • You will work closely with and report to the head of the technical support unit
  •  You will support the ongoing and upcoming assessments with the preparation and implantation of their data management plans
  •  You will provide technical solutions for the improved access and maintenance of frequently used data resources in IPBES products and integration of a wide variety of primary data into dynamic assessments
  • You will coordinate and provide technical support to the implementation of case studies on Natural Language Processing analysis of literary texts
  • You will work closely with the assessment experts, provide training and technical support to the documentation of their codes on development platforms, uploading to general-purpose open-access repositories, and documenting the metadata of the IPBES products
  • You will prepare information packages, webinars, and e-learning materials in collaboration with IPBES communication office around
  • You will travel nationally and overseas to represent the Technical Support Unit on Knowledge or running technical workshops for the assessment experts
  • You will contribute to the preparation of scientific publications and dissemination of the results at national and international conferences

 

Your profile

  • Doctoral or Master degree in computer science, information technology, natural resources, geoinformatics, or other disciplines at the science-policy interface, or relevant to data management, preferably with a focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Experience in Open Source programming
  • Experience in geospatial data handling and remote sensing products
  • Experience in setting up open research platforms, virtual research environments
  • Proficient in written and spoken English and experience in the scientific report writing, reviewing and editing
  • Motivation to work in an international team
  • Ability to plan, organize and execute complex multi-task problems, and to work precisely and effectively under time constraints
  • Outstanding social skills and capability to interact with the international science community

 

We offer

  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in Germany (TV-H E11 – E13)
  • The contract shall start immediately and is limited until 30 September 2022 with a potential further extension
  • By joining the “Technical Support Unit on Knowledge and Data” at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute you will be working closely with world leaders of biodiversity and nature research from diverse scientific organizations
  • You will have the opportunity to directly interact with experts at the global forefront of bringing scientific evidence to the table of decision-makers worldwide, and to expand your professional network by working with highly international networks of researchers, stakeholders, and funding agencies
  • A workplace close to the city center of Frankfurt, a lively and diverse city with high life quality
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – a subsidized job ticket for public transportation – company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt – a family-conscious personnel policy (“audit berufundfamilie”)

 

We look forward to your application!

 

Review of applications will begin on December 16th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #11-19020) by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including:

  •  a cover letter outlining your competency and motivation
  • a detailed CV
  • your credentials and certificates
  • and contact details of two potential references to:

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt

Germany

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de  

CC Dr. Aidin Niamir: aidin.niamir@senckenberg.de

 

For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Dr. Aidin Niamir, e-mail: aidin.niamir@senckenberg.de.

Ref.#11-19021 Scientific Developer / Technical Coordinator (m/f/d)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), a member institution of the Leibniz Association, with almost 800 employees and its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, is conducting integrative natural history research with leading research institutions in six federal states. The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) explores interactions between biodiversity and climate.

 

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by the member states of the United Nations in 2012. The IPBES aims to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

The “Technical Support Unit on Knowledge and Data” provides the scientific, technical and organisational supports to the activities and products of the IPBES and is hosted by the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute invites applications for

 

Scientific Developer / Technical Coordinator (m/f/d)

 (full time position)

 

The IPBES task force on knowledge and data is mandated to oversee and take part in the implementation of the “advanced work on knowledge and data” of the rolling work programme up to 2030, and act in accordance with relevant decisions by the IPBES Plenary and its subsidiary bodies by supporting assessment experts in identifying, prioritizing and mobilizing existing knowledge and data needed for IPBES assessments, guiding the secretariat, including the dedicated technical support unit, in the management of the data, information and knowledge used in IPBES products, including the development of the web-based infrastructure, to ensure their long-term availability and data interoperability, and supporting the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in reviewing the knowledge needs and gaps identified through IPBES assessments and other IPBES deliverables and in catalysing the generation of new knowledge and data. The task force will be supported by the Technical Support Unit on Knowledge and Data.

 

Your tasks

  • You will provide scientific and technical support to the work of IPBES in the research-activities defined by the task force on knowledge and data
  • You will develop and maintain workflows for data management on remote repositories (e.g.   Zenodo)
  • You will develop end user services to enable search on the IPBES products, in particular  bibliographic and geospatial data based on Open Source search engines like Elastic Search or SOLR
  • You will develop services for the API based data exchange with remote data providers
  • You will contribute to developments of the pilots in the field of Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence
  • You will prepare information packages, webinars, and e-learning materials in collaboration with IPBES communication office around
  • You will travel nationally and overseas to represent the Technical Support Unit on Knowledge or running technical workshops for the assessment experts
  • You will contribute to the preparation of scientific publications and dissemination of the results at national and international conferences

 

Your profile

  • Doctoral or Master degree in computer science, information technology, geoinformatics, or relevant to research data management, preferably with a focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Extensive experience in web service development
  • Extensive experience in programming web applications (e.g. JavaScript, GraphQL, gRPC, and JSON-LD)
  • Experience with interoperable workflows based on Docker or Singularity
  • Experience in geospatial data handling and remote sensing products
  • Proficient in written and spoken English and experience in the scientific report writing, reviewing and editing
  • Motivation to work in an international team
  • Ability to plan, organise and execute complex multi-task problems, and to work precisely and effectively under time constraints
  • Outstanding social skills and capability to interact with the international science community

 

We offer

  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in Germany (TV-H E11 – E13)
  • The contract shall start immediately and is limited until 30 September 2022 with a potential further extension
  • By joining the “Technical Support Unit on Knowledge and Data” at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute you will be working closely with world leaders of biodiversity and nature research from diverse scientific organizations
  • You will have the opportunity to directly interact with experts at the global forefront of bringing scientific evidence to the table of decision-makers worldwide, and to expand your professional network by working with highly international networks of researchers, stakeholders, and funding agencies
  • A workplace close to the city center of Frankfurt, a lively and diverse city with high life quality
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – a subsidized job ticket for public transportation – company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt – a family-conscious personnel policy (“audit berufundfamilie”)

 

We look forward to your application!

Review of applications will begin on December 16th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #11-19021) by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including:

  • a cover letter outlining your competency and motivation
  • a detailed CV
  • your credentials and certificates
  •  and contact details of two potential references to:

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt

Germany

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de  

CC Dr. Aidin Niamir: aidin.niamir@senckenberg.de

For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Dr. Aidin Niamir, e-mail: aidin.niamir@senckenberg.de.

Ref.#12-19013 PhD position (m/f/d) - Functional Comparative Genomics of Oomycetes

Job offer Ref. # 12-19013

 

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (LOEWE-TBG) is a joint venture of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Goethe-University Frankfurt, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME aiming to intensify biodiversity genomics in basic and applied research. We will establish a new and taxonomically broad genome collection to study genomic and functional diversity across the tree of life and make genomic resources accessible for societal-demand driven applied research.

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and the LOEWE-TBG invite applications for a

 

PhD position (m/f/d) – Functional Comparative Genomics of Oomycetes

(TV-H E13, half time position)

 

Your tasks

·         Library preparation and genome sequencing using latest technologies (including oxford nanopore sequencing)

·         Genome assemblies and annotation

·         Comparative genomics focusing on functional aspects, such as pathogenicity genes and regulatory networks

·         Pattern analyses using standard algorithms and deep learning approaches

 

Your profile

·         Master or equivalent Diploma in biology, bioinformatics or related subjects

·         Experience with handling large amounts of sequence data

·         Experience and exceptional interest in comparative genomics and evolutionary biology research

·         Ability to effectively communicate and organize workflows, to closely collaborate in interdisciplinary teams

·         Proficient use of the English language (C1 or native)

 

What is awaiting you?

·         An interesting task in a dynamic team of researchers in an international research group

·         Exposure to an additional 20 research groups in the LOEWE excellence centre

·         A workplace close to the city center of Frankfurt, a lively and diverse city with high life quality

·         Flexible working hours –company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt – a family-conscious personnel policy

 

Salary and benefits are in accordance with a public service position in Germany (collective agreement TV-H E13, 50%). The contract shall start as soon as possible and will be limited to 36 months. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of work is in Frankfurt am Main at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F). The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

 

We look forward to your application!

 

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #12-19013) by January 15th, 2020 (deadline) by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including

  • a cover letter describing your suitability and motivation
  • a detailed CV
  • your credentials and certificates
  • and contact details of two potential references to:

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung                                                                        

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt

 

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Prof. Dr. Marco Thines (marco.thines@senckenberg.de).