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.

Jobs in Gelnhausen

Ref.#04-24001 Postdoctoral Researcher (Ecologist) (m/f/d)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) was founded in 1817 and is one of the most important research institutions in the field of biodiversity. At its eleven locations throughout Germany, scientists from over 40 nations conduct cutting-edge research at an international level. At the Gelnhausen site, the renowned Senckenberg Research Institute is located in a Barbarossa town with historic charm in the region of Frankfurt.

Following its mission to “analyze and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society” Senckenberg stands for curiosity-driven and application-oriented collections-based research.

The Department of River Ecology and Conservation at Senckenberg in cooperation with the Faculty of Biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen jointly invite applications for a

 

Postdoctoral Researcher (Ecologist) (m/f/d)
(full-time / part-time option available)

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic ecologist (m/f/d) with a background in community ecology, macroecology, metacommunities, and/or analysis of ecological time series. The applicant should have a strong track record of scientific publications.

Over the past years, we have compiled one of the most comprehensive marine and freshwater biodiversity time series across Europe including macroinvertebrates, macrophytes, algae, fish and plankton from approx. 25,000 sampling locations and 25 European countries. We also host a large data set of > 30,000 terrestrial insect species. Additionally, we have access to accompanying environmental data. These data sets provide a unique opportunity to address a broad variety of fundamental and applied ecological questions in fields like metacommunity theory, time series analyses, multiple stressors responses, invasive species, ecological communities or conservation depending on candidate interests (see 10.1038/s41586-023-06400-1 for an example). We encourage applications from ecologists with backgrounds in freshwater, marine or terrestrial ecosystems.

The position is partly embedded in two large EU funded projects, namely the eLTER PLUS project: European Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological Research Infrastructure PLUS (https://elter-ri.eu/elter-plus) and the MARCO-BOLO project: MARine COastal BiOdiversity Long-term Observations (https://marcobolo-project.eu/). Both projects provide access to a wide range of spatial and temporal biodiversity and environmental data and a fantastic opportunity to become part of European networks of established researchers, postdocs, and graduate students working with modelled and in situ biodiversity and environmental data.

 

Your tasks:

  • Analyzing spatial and temporal biodiversity and accompanied environmental data to elucidate spatial patterns and temporal trends in taxonomic and functional diversity and drivers thereof
  • Contribute to the research of the eLTER PLUS and MARCO-BOLO projects and conduct research on global change impacts on biodiversity within the framework of other projects in the department (i.e. restoration ecology, multiple stressor analyses, long-term ecological research)
  • Data analysis, preparation of manuscripts and reports
  • Mentoring graduate students

 

Your profile:

  • PhD in Ecology or a related field
  • Solid background in (macro-) ecology and zoology (preferably invertebrates or fish)
  • Advanced skills in statistical analyses, preferably using R
  • Strong track record of international publications
  • Excellent written and oral communication and project presentation skills

 

What is awaiting you?

  • An attractive, responsible and challenging position in a globally recognized research institution with motivated and professional colleagues
  • Flexible working hours – family-friendly working conditions (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – open and collegial environment – Senckenberg badge in connection with free admission to all Senckenberg museums – special annual payment (according to TV-H) – company pension scheme – 30 days holiday

 

Place of employment: Gelnhausen

Working hours: full time, part-time optional (at least 50%)

Type of contract:  the contract should start preferably on August 1st, 2024 and is limited to two years with a possible extension

Salary: according to the collective agreement of the State of Hesse (pay grade E 13, TV-H)

 

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Women are particularly encouraged to apply, as they are underrepresented in the field of this position; in the case of equal qualifications and suitability they will be given preference. Applicants with a severe disability will be given special consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

 

Please submit your application by April, 28th 2024, preferably by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (Ref. #04-24001), and include

  • a letter outlining your suitability for the post,
  • a detailed CV,
  • academic certificates and credentials,
  • contact details of 2 references,
  • a list of publications and acquired funding to:

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt                                 

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

 

Applications can also be submitted via our online application tool: https://www.senckenberg.de/de/karriere/bewerbung/

For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Prof. Dr. Peter Haase, email: peter.haase@senckenberg.de

For more information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, please visit www.senckenberg.de.

 

Jobs in Görlitz

Ref.#08-24007 Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) Soil ecology

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) was founded in 1817 and represents one of the most relevant institutions investigating nature and its diversity. Currently, over 300 scientists from more than 40 countries across 11 locations in Germany conduct research in the fields of biodiversity, earth system analysis and climate change. At our location in Görlitz (Saxony), the research focus of the museum lies on soil zoology.

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung with its head institute in Frankfurt (Main) is looking for the following person for the Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz, to start as soon as possible, preferably by the 1st of August 2024:

Postdoc Research Scientist (m/f/d) Soil macroecology, Soil BON Foodweb and #GlobalCollembola

(full-time / part-time option available)

In this PostDoc position, you will be committed to the research of synthesis in soil macroecology that focuses on describing global soil biodiversity gradients and their connections with soil functioning. The position is linked to the coordination of the global research network ‘Soil BON Foodweb Team’ (https://soilbonfoodweb.org) and can be linked to #GlobalCollembola. The work is done in collaboration with the core Soil BON group at iDiv in Leipzig and Coimbra, Portugal (Prof. Nico Eisenhauer and Prof. Carlos Guerra) and with researchers leading other soil macroecology initiatives (nematodes, earthworms, oribatid mites, macrofauna).

Your tasks

· You will conduct data syntheses and analyses on soil animal macroecology
· Organisation of workshops, online and conference-based international meetings
· Coordinating large international teams of volunteer scientists and global soil biodiversity sampling campaigns in the framework of Soil BON
· Leading synthesis papers on soil animal macroecology
· Establishing procedures of sustainable data management in soil macroecology in the framework of the data warehouse „Edaphobase“
· Co-writing research proposals supporting Soil BON
· Supervising students and assistants

Your profile

· You have a PhD degree in ecology or a related field
· Scientific background in soil ecology
· Experience in leading research tasks with multiple (10+) people involved, including writing and leading multi-authored papers
· Experience in assembling and handling large datasets
· Profound experience of statistical modelling in R
· Fluency in English, both written and spoken
· Team spirit and cooperative work style

Advantageous

· Experience in coordination of research projects
· Knowledge of how to do meta-analyses and writing syntheses papers
· Expertise in ecology of soil invertebrates
· Experience in writing scientific proposals

What is awaiting you?

· An attractive, responsible and challenging position in a globally recognized research institution with motivated and professional colleagues
· Flexible working hours – family-friendly working conditions (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – open and collegial environment – Senckenberg badge in connection with free admission to several museums – special annual payment (according to TV-L) – company pension scheme – 30 days holiday

Place of employment: Görlitz (Saxony)
Scope of employment: Full time (40 hours/week), part-time close to full-time is possible (75% or more)
Type of contract: initially limited for a period of 2 years; starting as soon as possible preferably 1st of August, extension is possible depending on the funding
Remuneration: According to a public service position, TV-L E 13

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Women are underrepresented in the field of this position and will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability. Applicants with a severe disability will be given special consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

You would like to apply?

Please submit your complete application package (including a brief cover letter detailing your research interests and experience, a CV and copies of your academic certificates) as one single PDF document mentioning the reference #08-24007 by 30th of April to recruiting@senckenberg.de. You can also apply through our online application form on our website.

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt a.M.
E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For specific questions about this role please contact Dr. Anton Potapov
E-Mail anton.potapov@senckenberg.de

For further information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung please visit www.senckenberg.de

Ref.#08-24003 Research Scientist and Curator (m/f/d) Soil Biodiversity Data

Senckenberg is committed to study the causes and effects of biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene. As part of our strategic development, we launched an ambitious long-term research effort in “Anthropocene Biodiversity Loss” encompassing the modules “Collectomics”, “Biodiversity Genomics”, and “Solution Labs”. Objectives include the transformation of natural history collections into the digital era, studying biodiversity from the genome to the ecosystem levels and offering exploratory spaces for science and society to develop common solutions to Anthropocene challenges.

Within this research effort, Senckenberg takes innovative steps in collection-based research and data science. The objective of “Collectomics” is to make current and future natural history collections digitally accessible and to improve integration and collaboration across regions, collections, and disciplines. This will enable broader, more holistic biodiversity research, for the benefit of people and nature.

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung with its head institute in Frankfurt (Main) is looking for the following person for the Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz, to start ideally June 1st, 2024

 

Research Scientist and Curator (m/f/d) Soil Biodiversity Data

(Tenure Track / full-time, part-time options available )

 

Your tasks:

  • Establishing a strong profile in research and modelling on the biology, (community) ecology, distribution and functions of soil organisms, within the context of Anthropocene Biodiversity Loss, and based on our digital data collections
  • Initiation, active participation and management of research projects with the Soil Zoology department and its national and international network
  • Active development and promotion of the international soil biodiversity warehouse “Edaphobase”, its analysis tools, connectivity with related databases; aiming at scenario development, monitoring and applied data-management
  • Scientific curation of the soil biodiversity data collection in “Edaphobase”, the related websites and dissemination tools, coordination of the Management Board of Edaphobase
  • Participation in teaching in the Msc programs “Organismic and Molecular Biodiversity” and “Ecosystem Services”
  • Acquisition of third-party funding
  • Publication of research results in high-ranking international scientific journals, participation in the Editorial Board of the scientific journal “Soil Organisms”

 

Your profile

  • Doctoral degree in zoology, ecology, soil science or a related field
  • Deep expertise in soil biodiversity research and expert knowledge of the ecology or systematics and integrative taxonomy of soil fauna, documented by publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Good knowledge in data science, databases, research-data management and data-quality criteria
  • Expert knowledge in spatial and niche space biodiversity modelling, including data pipelines with external data and full command of relevant programming languages (at least R or Python)
  • Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding and project management
  • Fluency in English both spoken and written
  • Motivation, commitment and the ability to develop and implement own research ideas
  • Experience in guiding students, staff or entire workgroups
  • Team spirit

 

Advantageous

  • Knowledge of current policy developments regarding soil and soil-biodiversity health and protection in Germany (e.g., National Monitoring Centre, Soil Monitoring Centre, etc.), Europe (e.g., EU Soil Mission, current and planned directives) and globally (e.g. FAO initiatives such as the Global Soil Partnership)
  • Knowledge of other national and international biodiversity, trait and soil databases and consortia
  • Knowledge in a variety of laboratory techniques relevant for soil ecology and taxonomy
  • Good knowledge of German or willingness to learn German

 

 

What is awaiting you?

  • An attractive, responsible and challenging position in a globally recognized research institution with motivated and professional colleagues
  • Flexible working hours – family-friendly working conditions (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – open and collegial environment – Senckenberg badge in connection with free admission to several museums – special annual payment (according to TV-L) – company pension scheme – 30 days holiday

 

Place of employment: Görlitz (Saxony)

Scope of employment: Full time (40 hours/week), optionally part-time 80% (32 hours/week)

Type of contract: Initially limited to 5 years (tenure track)

Remuneration:  According to a public service position, TV-L E 13

 

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Women are underrepresented in the field of this position and will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability. Applicants with a severe disability will be given special consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

 

You would like to apply?

Please submit your complete application package (including a brief cover letter detailing your research interests and experience (1 page), a CV and copies of your academic certificates) as one single PDF document mentioning the reference #08-24003 by 28th April 2024 to recruiting@senckenberg.de. You can also apply through our online application form on our website.

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung                                        

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt a.M.

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

 

For specific questions about this role please contact Prof. Anton Potapov: E-Mail Anton Potapov anton.potapov@senckenberg.de

 

For further information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung please visit www.senckenberg.de.         

Ref.#08-24005 Research Scientist and Curator (m/f/d) Oligochaeta / Myriapoda

Senckenberg is committed to study the causes and effects of biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene. As part of our strategic development, we launched an ambitious long-term research effort in “Anthropocene Biodiversity Loss” encompassing the modules “Collectomics”, “Biodiversity Genomics”, and “Solution Labs”. Objectives include the transformation of natural history collections into the digital era, studying biodiversity from the genome to the ecosystem levels and offering exploratory spaces for science and society to develop common solutions to Anthropocene challenges.

Within this research effort, Senckenberg takes innovative steps in collection-based research and data science. The objective of “Collectomics” is to make current and future natural history collections digitally accessible and to improve integration and collaboration across regions, collections, and disciplines. This will enable broader, more holistic biodiversity research, for the benefit of people and nature.

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung with its head institute in Frankfurt (Main) is looking for the following person for the Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz, to start ideally August 1st, 2024

 

Research Scientist and Curator (m/f/d) Oligochaeta / Myriapoda

(Tenure Track / full-time, part-time options available)

 

Your tasks:

  • Scientific curation and development of one of two important collections of the Soil Zoology department, either “Oligochaeta” or “Myriapoda”
  • Collection-based research on the taxonomy, biology or (community) ecology of Oligochaeta or Myriapoda
  • Publication of research results in high-ranking international scientific journals
  • Acquisition of third-party research funding
  • Initiation and management of research projects and active participation in joint projects of the Soil Zoology department and beyond
  • Establishment of collaborations with other national and international working groups, including with other departments in Görlitz and further Senckenberg institutes
  • Participation in the Management Board of Edaphobase, the international database on soil biodiversity
  • Participation in teaching in the Msc programs “Organismic and Molecular Biodiversity” and “Ecosystem Services”
  • Participation in the Editorial Board of the scientific journal Soil Organisms

 

Your profile

  • Doctoral degree in zoology or a related field
  • Expert knowledge of integrative taxonomy and systematics, and/or community and species level ecology of Oligochaeta or Myriapoda
  • Thorough knowledge of soil ecology
  • Outstanding research record in biology of soil animals, documented by publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding and project management
  • Fluency in English both spoken and written
  • Motivation, commitment and the ability to develop and implement own research ideas
  • Experience in guiding students, staff or even entire workgroups
  • Team spirit

 

Advantageous

  • Expert knowledge of integrative taxonomy and systematics and/or community and species level ecology of Enchytraeidae, or Diplopoda and/or Chilopoda
  • Knowledge of the Central European and Palearctic Oligochaeta or Myriapoda fauna
  • Knowledge in molecular techniques in taxonomy and ecology
  • Knowledge in research data management and databases
  • Knowledge in (functional) character traits of Oligochaeta or Myriapoda
  • Knowledge in soil analysis, stable isotope analysis, fatty acid analysis
  • Experience in curation and management of zoological museum collections and interest in collection-based research
  • Good knowledge of German or willingness to learn German

 

What is awaiting you?

  • An attractive, responsible and challenging position in a globally recognized research institution with motivated and professional colleagues
  • Flexible working hours – family-friendly working conditions (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – open and collegial environment – Senckenberg badge in connection with free admission to several museums – special annual payment (according to TV-L) – company pension scheme – 30 days holiday

 

Place of employment: Görlitz (Saxony)

Scope of employment: Full time (40 hours/week), optionally part-time 80% (32 hours/week)

Type of contract: Initially limited to 5 years (tenure track)

Remuneration: According to a public service position, TV-L E 13

 

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Women are underrepresented in the field of this position and will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability. Applicants with a severe disability will be given special consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

 

You would like to apply?

Please submit your complete application package (including a brief cover letter detailing your research interests and experience (1 page), a CV and copies of your academic certificates) as one single PDF document mentioning the reference #08-24005 by 28th April 2024 to recruiting@senckenberg.de. You can also apply through our online application form on our website.

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung                                        

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt a.M.

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

 

For specific questions about this role please contact Prof. Anton Potapov, E-Mail anton.potapov@senckenberg.de

For further information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung please visit www.senckenberg.de.

Jobs in Tübingen

Ref. #10-24002 Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) in
Experimental biogeochemistry of aDNA in archaeological deposits

The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (Senckenberg Gesellschaft für
Naturforschung, SGN) was founded in 1817 and is one of the most important research institutions around biological diversity. At its eleven sites throughout Germany, scientists from over 40 nations conduct cutting-edge research on an international scale. At the site in Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironmant (SHEP) is located in a lively university town with historical flair and numerous local recreational opportunities.

The Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment (SHEP) at the University of Tübingen is seeking to fill a

Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) in
Experimental biogeochemistry of aDNA in archaeological deposits
(full-time position, part time options available)

 

The position will start as soon as possible and will be primarily hosted in the Geo-Biosphere Interactions working group within the University of Tübingen. The project is nested within the Leibniz Science Campus “Geogenomic Archaeology Campus Tübingen” (GACT). GACT brings together experts from the fields of archaeology, genetics, geosciences, ecology, and microbiology to examine the evolutionary relationship between humans and ecosystem
biodiversity through the multidisciplinary analysis of sedimentary cave  archives containing ancient DNA.

Your tasks

  • Develop and conduct experiments that test the effect of phosphorous and other elements on the mobility of (ancient) DNA in cave sediments.
  • Apply stable and radioactive isotopes combined with geochemical analysis.
  • Work with trace amounts of radioactive phosphorous within state-of-the-art radionuclide facilities.
  • Analysis and interpretation of geoarchaeological samples from Pleistocene cave deposits.

Your profile

  • Doctorate in archaeological sciences, geoarchaeology, geosciences/geology, soil science, paleogenetics, biology, bioinformatics or a related field.
  • The ideal applicant (f/m/d) will have knowledge in biogeochemical cycles in soils and/or sediments, and a genuine interest in the human past and linking their data with biomolecular analysis.
  • Previous experience in experimental applications of isotopic tracers, and soil and/or sediment geochemical analysis is recommended.
  • Good communication skills in order to work in a highly collaborative and international environment
  • Very good command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of German is appreciated but is not a requirement.

We offer

  • a varied and interesting job in a globally recognized research institution
    independent action in an international and professional environment
  • flexible working hours – possibility of mobile working – support with childcare or caring for family members (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – Senckenberg badge in combination with free admission to numerous municipal museums – a collectively agreed
    annual special payment – collectively agreed vacation entitlement – company pension plan

Place of employment: Tübingen (Baden-Württemberg)
Working hours: Full-time (39,5 hours/week), part time options are available
Type of contract: 2 years with possibility of extension
Pay: according to the public collective agreement TV-L E13

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Women are particularly encouraged to apply, as they are underrepresented in the field of this position; in the case of equal qualifications and suitability they will be given preference. Applicants with a severe disability (“Schwerbehinderung”) will be given special consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

You would like to be part of our team?

Please submit your complete an meaningful application including a letter of motivation, a CV, scans of academic transcripts, and contact details of two potential academic referees as a single PDF file. Applications should be submitted electronically no later than the 02nd of June 2024 and addressed to recruiting@senckenberg.de quoting the reference number #10-24002.

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt a.M.
E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For scientific inquiries regarding the position please contact the GACT Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Gerlinde Bigga, E-Mail: gerlinde.bigga@senckenberg.de.

Jobs in Frankfurt a.M.

Ref. #01-24011 Collection Scientist and Curator of Marine Invertebrates (m/w/d)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) was founded in 1817 and is one of the most important research institutions in the field of biodiversity. At its eleven locations throughout Germany, scientists from almost 40 nations conduct cutting-edge research on an international scale. The Society’s headquarter is in the Main metropolis of Frankfurt in the heart of Germany. This is also where one of the best-known Senckenberg facilities, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, is located.

 

For our extensive collection of Marine Invertebrates at our location in Frankfurt, starting ideally on 01st of January 2025, we are looking for a

Collection Scientist and Curator of Marine Invertebrates (m/w/d)

(tenure-track, full time / part time options available)

We are looking for an internationally recognized invertebrate zoologist with an excellent research record in integrative taxonomy, systematics, evolutionary and/or ecological research on marine invertebrate organisms. The ideal candidate will apply modern approaches, using innovative methods to unlock scientific information from museum specimens, e.g. through imaging approaches and/or molecular analyses.

The position will include responsibility and oversight for permanent scientific collections of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt. In particular, we are looking for candidates with an expertise in corals, or sponges, but applications are also welcome from candidates with expertise in other organismal groups that align with existing collection strengths, such as bryozoans or echinoderms. The proposed research program should be collections-based and complement the overall Senckenberg Marine Research portfolio and strategy.

Your tasks:

  • Conduct innovative collection-based research on the taxonomy, systematics and biology of marine invertebrates
  • Supporting the Senckenberg Collectomics concept: research using new approaches for low-invasive mass digitisation and/or the use of extended specimens for modelling
  • Develop the collections and associated resources at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt
  • Foster our collections as important international research tool through international networking, and development and growth of the specimen collections
  • Secure external research funds
  • Actively publish results of your research in international scientific journals
  • Participate in collaborative marine research and expeditions
  • Supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Promote collections-based research on marine invertebrates through national and international initiatives and partnerships (e.g. IUCN Red List, UN Decade of Ocean Science)

Your profile:

  • Doctoral degree in organismal biology/zoology or a related field
  • Expert knowledge of a relevant group of organisms and their systematics
  • Experience in curating and using invertebrate research collections
  • A research plan to leverage innovative research methods, such as genomic or imaging methods in a collections context
  • Outstanding research record adequate to your career stage

What can you expect?

  • A vibrant, international team of scientists with collection-based research programs, focussed on curiosity-driven research and the preservation of Earth’s biodiversity
  • Excellent infrastructures and collaborations opportunities, e. g. in morphology, genomics, evolutionary biology, (paleo-)ecology
  • An attractive and challenging position in a research institution of international standing
  • Opportunities to participate in teaching and outreach activities, e.g. in our museum and with collaborating universities
  • A salary that reflects the responsibilities of the position and the experience of the candidate, based on the collective agreement for public service in the state of Hesse
  • Life in a vibrant, internationally-minded city (population 750.000), a global hub for transport and culture
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – company pension scheme – 30 days holidays – discounted public transportation in the Rhein-Main area – strong support for work/life balance (certified by “Audit Berufundfamilie”).
  • Secure employment that is robust to economic or health crises

 

Place of employment:         Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Working hours:                     full time (40 hours/week) / part time options are available
Type of contract:                  initially limited for a period of 3 years, an extension with the option of permanent position is dependent on positive evaluation (tenure track)
Salary:                                    according to the German collective agreement of the State of Hesse (pay grade E 13, TV-H)

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Applicants with disabilities (“Schwerbehinderung”) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

How to apply:

Please send us your application documents containing

  • a letter of motivation
  • a CV with publication list and contact information for at least two references
  • a summary of previous research experience (max 1 page)
  • copies of PhD and MSc certificates

in electronic form (as a single PDF file) by 30th of May 2024 to recruiting@senckenberg.de quoting the reference number ref. #01-24011 or apply directly on our homepage using the online application form.

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt a.M.

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Angelika Brandt via email: angelika.brandt@senckenberg.de

Further information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung can be found at www.senckenberg.de.

 

 

Ref.#12-24004 Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in Adaptation Genomics

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (LOEWE- TBG), is a joint venture of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) with five partner institutes from the Federal State of Hesse, aiming to intensify biodiversity genomics in basic and applied research. We 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.
For the LOEWE funded Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics Centre (LOEWE-TBG), in the Genomic Biomonitoring project area, and starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in Adaptation Genomics

(full time / part-time options available)

 

We are looking for a talented and motivated applicant to work on a project on animal adaptation genomics using whole genome data with a focus on understanding species adaptation to extreme environmental conditions. Strong research interest in comparative or population genomics of animals will be favorable. The position is part of the Bista lab (Meta-OMICS group) and will be based in Frankfurt am Main. In the Meta-OMICS group, we work on environmental and comparative genomics focusing of animal taxa, including both vertebrates and invertebrates. We are part of TBG which maintains laboratory and bioinformatics infrastructures for reference genome sequencing at large scale, including genome lab, robotic systems for high-throughput sample processing and HPC clusters for data analysis.

Your profile
• PhD in Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics or a related field
• Strong interest and skills on comparative, population or adaptation genomics
• Experience with analysis of large genomic and/or environmental datasets, Linux environment and shell scripting
• Experience with long read data analysis, transposon and gene family evolution is a plus
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Place of employment: Frankfurt am Main
Working hours: full time / part-time optional (min 80%, 32 hours/week)
Type of contract: The position is available to start as soon as possible, and is limited to 1 year, with possibility of extension.
Salary: according to the collective agreement of the State of Hesse
(pay grade E 13, TV-H)

 

What is awaiting you?
• An interesting task in a dynamic team of researchers in an international research group and joining the LOEWE TBG excellence centre with its 20 new research groups
• Flexible working hours – opportunities for mobile working – leave of absence due to family reasons (certified by “auditberufundfamilie”) – parent-child office – annual special payment – company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt. – leave of 30 days/year

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Women are particularly encouraged to apply, as they are underrepresented in the field of this position; in the case of equal qualifications and suitability they will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities (“Schwerbehinderung”) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture. The employer for this position is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

How to apply
Please send us your complete application documents as a single PDF file including: CV, list of publications, letter of motivation, academic transcripts, and contact details of two potential referees, by email at recruiting@senckenberg.de, quoting job reference number #12-24004, or apply directly on our homepage using the online application form.

Applications to be submitted by 05.05.2024

 

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt a.M.
E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information about the position and requirements please contact Dr. Iliana Bista iliana.bista@senckenberg.de

For more information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, please visit www.senckenberg.de

For more information about the LOEWE-TBG, please visit https://tbg.senckenberg.de

 

Ref.#01-24008 Lichen or Bryophyte Taxonomist (m/f/d)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with more than 800 employees and research institutions in seven federal states and is committed to study the causes and effects of biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene. As part of our strategic development, we launched an ambitious long-term research effort in “Anthropocene Biodiversity Loss” encompassing the modules “Collectomics”, “Biodiversity Genomics”, and “Solution Labs”. Objectives include the transformation of natural history collections into the digital era, studying biodiversity from the genome to the ecosystem levels and offering exploratory spaces for science and society to develop common solutions to Anthropocene challenges.

Within this research effort, Senckenberg takes innovative steps in collection-based research and data science. The objective of “Collectomics” is to make current and future natural history collections digitally accessible and to improve integration and collaboration across regions, collections, and disciplines. This will enable broader, more holistic biodiversity research, for the benefit of people and nature.

The Department of Botany and Molecular Evolution in Frankfurt, starting as soon as possible, is looking for a

Lichen or Bryophyte Taxonomist (m/f/d)

(part-time 50%)

Your tasks
• Identification of potential type-specimens in the lichen and bryophyte collections
• Verification of type status based on literature research
• Annotating and preparing type collections for digital scanning
• Updating our collection data base in consultation with herbarium technicians

Your Profile
• M.Sc. degree in biosciences or a similar field
• Strong background in lichen taxonomy and fungal nomenclature
• Experience in collection-based research and familiarity with general herbarium etiquette
• Ability to work in a team, but also independently drive projects forward

What is awaiting you?
A workplace in a central location with good transport connections in the heart of Frankfurt – flexible working hours – opportunities for mobile working – support with childcare or caring for family members (certified by the „audit berufundfamilie“) – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums, the Zoo and Palmengarten in Frankfurt – a leave of 30 days per year – special annual payment – company pension scheme.

Place of employment: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Working hours: Part-time (20 hours/week)
Type of contract: Limited to 1 year
Salary: according to the German collective agreement of the State of Hesse (pay grade E 13, TV-H)

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Applicants with disabilities (“Schwerbehinderung”) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

How to apply?

Please send us your application documents containing
– a letter of motivation
– a CV with publication list
– a summary of previous experience related to herbarium work
– a copy of your MSc certificate

in electronic form (as a single PDF file) by May 05th to recruiting@senckenberg.de referring to the reference number ref. #01-24008 or apply directly on our homepage using the online application form.

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt a.M.
E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information please contact Dr. Christian Printzen christian.printzen@senckenberg.de

Further information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung can be found at www.senckenberg.de.

Ref. #01-24009 Scientist and Curator of Vascular Plants (m/w/d/)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) was founded in 1817 and is one of the most important research institutions in the field of biodiversity. At its eleven locations throughout Germany, scientists from almost 40 nations conduct cutting-edge research on an international scale. The Society’s headquarter is in the Main metropolis of Frankfurt in the heart of Germany. This is also where one of the best-known Senckenberg facilities, the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, is located.

For our Division Botany and Molecular Evolution and the Herbarium Senckenbergianum at our location in Frankfurt, starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a

Scientist and Curator of Vascular Plants (m/w/d/)

(tenure-track, full time / part time options available)

The Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt is looking for an internationally recognized botanist with a strong track record of research in evolution of vascular plants, including topics such as taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography, trait evolution or evolution of biological interactions. The ideal candidate will apply innovative methods to generate scientific knowledge from natural history collections, e.g. through imaging approaches or molecular analyses, and is open for research cooperations with colleagues from related disciplines. The research programme should complement the scientific expertise within the Department of Botany in Frankfurt and Herbarium Senckenbergianum as a whole.

The Herbarium Senckenbergianum is a de-centralized scientific unit with collections in Frankfurt/Main (FR), Görlitz (GLM), Jena (JE), Weimar (IQW), and Wilhelmshaven. The position will include curatorial responsibility for the vascular plant collection of the Herbarium Senckenbergianum (FR), including the development and maintenance of associated online data bases and portals.

Your tasks:
• Conduct collection-based research in the broad field of vascular plants
• Develop the collections and associated resources of the Herbarium Senckenbergianum (FR)
• Highlight our collections as an important international research infrastructure through international networking, and development and growth of the herbarium collections
• Secure external research funds
• Publish results of your research in international scientific journals
• Participate in academic teaching and mentoring of students and graduates at Goethe-University Frankfurt as well as the Senckenberg-School for Technical Assistants
• Communicate with external stakeholders such as scientific associations, conservation agencies, local and regional authorities

Your profile:
• Doctoral degree in organismal biology/botany or a related field
• Expert knowledge of a relevant group of organisms and their systematics
• Excellent academic track record adequate to your career stage
• A research plan to implement innovative research methods, such as genomics or imaging methods, in a collections context
• Experience in curating and using research collections is desirable

 

What can you expect?
• A vibrant, international team of scientists with collection-based research programs, focussed on curiosity-driven research and the preservation of Earth’s biodiversity
• Excellent infrastructures and collaborations opportunities, e. g. in morphology, genomics, evolutionary biology, (paleo-)ecology
• An attractive and challenging position in a research institution of international standing
• Opportunities to participate in teaching and outreach activities, e.g. in our museum and with collaborating universities
• A salary that reflects the responsibilities of the position and the experience of the candidate, based on the collective agreement for public service in the state of Hesse
• Life in a vibrant, internationally-minded city (population 750.000), a global hub for transport and culture
• Flexible working hours – mobile office – annual special payment – company pension scheme – 30 days holidays – strong support for work/life balance (certified by “Audit Berufundfamilie”).
• Secure employment that is robust to economic or health crises

Place of employment: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Working hours: Full-time (40 hours/week), part time options are available
Type of contract: initially limited for a period of 3 years, an extension with the option of permanent position is dependent on positive evaluation (tenure track)
Ideally, the contract should start no later than the end of 2024.
Salary: according to the German collective agreement of the State of Hesse (pay grade E 13, TV-H)

Senckenberg is committed to diversity. We benefit from the different expertise, perspectives and personalities of our staff and welcome every application from qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic or cultural origin, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and identity or disability. Women are particularly encouraged to apply, as they are underrepresented in the field of this position; in the case of equal qualifications and suitability they will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities (“Schwerbehinderung”) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. Senckenberg actively supports the compatibility of work and family and places great emphasis on an equal and inclusive work culture.

How to apply?
Please send us your application documents containing

– a letter of motivation
– a CV with publication list
– a research concept
– copies of certificates and diplomas

in electronic form (as a single PDF file) by May 20th to recruiting@senckenberg.de referring to the reference number ref. #01-24009 or apply directly on our homepage using the online application form.

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt a.M.
E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information please contact Dr. Christian Printzen christian.printzen@senckenberg.de.

Further information about the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung can be found at www.senckenberg.de.