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 Frankfurt

Ref.#12-21007 Evolutionary Biologist/Ecotoxicologist/Bioinformatician (m/f/d)

 Job announcement ref. #12-21007

 

The LOEWE Center for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (LOEWE-TBG, https://tbg.senckenberg.de/) aims at making the genomic basis of biological diversity accessible for basic and applied research. Building on genome sequencing and analysis, LOEWE-TBG research topics range from comparative genomics, natural products genomics, and genomic biomonitoring to functional environmental genomics. LOEWE-TBG is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and 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.

 

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

 

 

Evolutionary Biologist/Ecotoxicologist/Bioinformatician (m/f/d)

(full time position)

 

 

About the project

In this LOEWE-TBG project, we want to assess, how anthropogenic substances influence the mutation rate of metazoan organisms. Based on an existing genome-wide mutation rate test, we thus want to develop and introduce new ecotoxicological assessment methods that will be eventually internationally established within the ISO framework. Furthermore, the project encompasses population genomic analyses of the fitness consequences of the applied substances. It is planned to work with several ecotoxicological model species such as Chironomus riparius, and Eisenia fetida.

 

Your tasks

  •  Developing, maintaining and running high-throughput pipelines for the assembly and annotation of de novo genomes from diverse eukaryotes
  •  Organizing and documenting the work-flow from receiving the raw data over issuing the assembled genomes to the client users to archiving in public databases
  • Communication with user groups, service providers and external database managers

 

Your profile

The ideal candidate (m/f/d) commands two or more of the following skills plus the ability and will to acquire the missing one:

  • PhD degree in bioinformatics / computational biology, genomics or a related area
  • Population genomic experience with individual resequencing data
  • Mapping to reference genome, genotype calling, awareness of data quality issues etc.
  • Experience with ecological / ecotoxicological experiments
  • Programming and / or scripting experience to adjust / improve existing bioinformatic pipelines
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with several partners
  • Excellent communication skills

 

 

What is awaiting you?

  • An interesting task in a dynamic team of researchers in an internationally renowned research institution
  • The opportunity to gain experience in the above-mentioned research field
  • The occasion to build a network with scientists in interdisciplinary fields
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt, the Zoo, botanical garden and Palmengarten – leave of 30 days/year – a subsidized job ticket for public transport.

 

 

Place of employment:           Frankfurt am Main

Working hours:                     Full time (40 hours/week)

Type of contract:                   Initially limited for 2 years

Salary:                                    According to the collective agreement of the State of Hesse (pay grade E 13)

 

The contract should start as soon as possible in 2022 and is initially limited to two years. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung who supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference.

 

How to apply

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job announcement (ref.#12-21007) by e-mail until January 3d, 2022 and include

  •  a cover letter detailing research interests and experience (maximum 1 page),
  • a detailed CV and a copy of your certification (all transcripts and grades)

 

To: recruiting@senckenberg.de or use our online application form on our homepage www.senckenberg.de.

For scientific information please contact Prof. Dr. Markus Pfenninger, markus.pfenninger@senckenberg.de.

Ref.#12-21008 PhD Position

Job offer ref. #12-21008

The LOEWE Center for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (LOEWE-TBG, https://tbg.senckenberg.de/) aims at making the genomic basis of biological diversity accessible for basic and applied research. Building on genome sequencing and analysis, LOEWE-TBG research topics range from comparative genomics, natural products genomics, and genomic biomonitoring to functional environmental genomics. LOEWE-TBG is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and 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.

Subject to funding approval LOEWE-TBG and the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung invite applications for a

 

PhD Position (m/f/d; 65%) in the EU-project

 

EMYS-R: A socio-ecological evaluation of wetlands restoration and reintroduction programs in favor of the emblematic European pond turtle and associated biodiversity: a pan-European approach

 

Project background: Over the last 3 decades, the EU has funded numerous projects for wetland restoration in favor of the European pond turtle. Yet the results of these measures need to be more intensely promoted. A key question remains unanswered: what are the most effective wetland restoration methods suitable for sustainable maintenance and recovery of the European pond turtle and associated wildlife throughout Europe?

EMYS-R consolidates an existing international network of researchers and stakeholders to share complementary knowledge on past, present and future wetlands, biodiversity and their management. It is a 3-year participatory action-oriented research project based on seminal theories in humanities, social and natural sciences. It aims at testing the hypothesis that higher degrees of wetland restoration can compensate for limited capabilities of captive bred turtles to settle in the wild, and assess how specifically such conservation actions benefit society by bringing together people and nature.

 

Your tasks:

The successful PhD candidate will be involved in the ecological assessment of wetland restoration, turtle reintroduction and consequences on local biodiversity including non-target species. While based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the candidate will spend a substantial amount of time at the German and French field sites, and will also be traveling to trainings and meetings in Poland and Latvia, contributors of the EMYS-R consortium. More specifically, the successful candidate will conduct the following tasks:

 

  • Data collection: behavioral (animal-borne data loggers including GPS and time-depth-acceleration recorders), biometric/demographic (capture-mark-recapture protocols) and ecological (water, sediment, turtle-centered prey-predators feces samples) on the German study site in Neuburg am Rhein
  • eDNA Metabarcoding of environmental (water and sediment) and ecological (turtle prey-predator feces) samples
  • bioinformatic analyses of metabarcoding sequences for genomic biodiversity monitoring and food web analyses
  • Data analyses of existing and formerly collected time series on turtle behavior, biometry and demography
  • Support and then lead field sessions in Neuburg am Rhein
  • Support with public perception seminars and workshops in Neuburg am Rhein
  • Literature review on German-written grey literature about wetland renaturations and turtle reintroductions
  • Writing scientific publications, contributing to national and international conferences, as well as to internal reports and international guidelines

Your profile:

  • Master degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, or equivalent
  • Programming experience with manipulating large database (Metabarcoding sequences, behavioral long time series)
  • knowledge in R, MatLab and Linux desirable
  • Experience in the molecular genetic lab
  • Experience with Metabarcoding desirable
  • Mastering multivariate statistics
  • Interest in interdisciplinary approaches
  • Proven capabilities in implementing field protocols in remote places in autonomy and within a team
  • Able to team up within a large international consortium
  • Professional communication skills within the scientific consortium, but also with local stakeholders
  • Fluent (speech and writing/reading) in German and English
  • Ideally you are owner of the driving license B, are easy with wetlands and are able to swim

Salary and benefits are according to a full-time public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 65%). The contract should start as soon as possible – but no later than April 1st, 2022 – and will initially be limited for 3 years.

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 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #12-21008) before 14.01.2022 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a detailed CV and a copy of your certification to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Senckenberganlage 25

60325 Frankfurt am Main

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information contact Dr. Kathrin Theissinger (kathrin.theissinger@senckenberg.de).

 

Ref.#01-21050 Curator (m/f/d) of Marine Invertebrates

Job posting – Ref. #01-21050

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

Following its mission to analyze and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position of a

 

Curator (m/f/d) of Marine Invertebrates

(tenure-track, full time)

 

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 (e.g. CLSM, μCT, environmental SEM) and/or molecular analysis.

The position will include responsibility and oversight for permanent scientific collections of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt, and preference will be given to candidates with experience in a relevant organismal group that aligns with existing collection strengths. In particular we are looking for candidates with an expertise in polychaetes, echinoderms, corals or sponges. Outstanding scientists working on other relevant taxa are also encouraged to apply. The associated, comprehensive and globally scientifically important collections of marine invertebrates at Senckenberg date back to the early 19th century and comprise scanning electron microscopic-, dry- and alcohol-preserved materials. Collections resources also include an excellent specialist library and digital archive.

 

Your tasks:

  • Conduct innovative collection-based research on the taxonomy, systematics and biology of marine invertebrates
  • 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 joint marine research and expeditions
  • Supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Promote collections-based research on marine invertebrates through national and international initiatives and organisations (e.g. IUCN, 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
  • Experience with modern research infrastructure and innovative methods, such as molecular genetics or imaging methods
  • 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”).
  • A crises-proofed employment that doesn’t depend on recessions or health crises

The contract should start ideally on 01.05.2022.

Senckenberg supports equal opportunity for men and women and places an emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women and under-represented groups. Qualified women and other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. This job is based at Frankfurt am Main, a vibrant global city, providing excellent collaboration facilities with several universities and institutions like Max Planck.

Would you like to apply?

Please send your complete application documents (CV, certificates and references, letter of motivation and future visions for research and collections), mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref.#01-21050) before 30.01.2022 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. Angelika Brandt, Head of Department: angelika.brandt@senckenberg.de, phone: +49 (0)69 7542-1240.

Ref. #01-21054 Team Leader/Taxonomist (SOSA) (m/f/d)

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

Following its mission to analyze and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position of a

 Team Leader / Taxonomist (SOSA) (m/f/d)
(full time)

The Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance (SOSA) project combines marine biodiversity research, species conservation, and science communication within one project. This interdisciplinary project is composed of three pillars, the Discovery Unit, Red Listing Unit and the Engagement Unit, whose tasks are tightly interlinked. The Discovery Unit will apply a new model for biodiversity work by providing taxonomic services to users inside and outside of Senckenberg. http://sosa.senckenberg.de.

You have a passion for taxonomy and a genuine curiosity and interest in nature, especially the oceans and their inhabitants? You are reliable, trustworthy, tolerant and flexible? You have a good ability to work independently, also under pressure and to set boundaries? If you have technical competence and a strong drive to stay current in modern techniques in taxonomy are assets and you have a talent for self-management and representative competencies, you are exactly who we are looking for.

 

Your tasks:

  • Lead a team of three technicians supporting taxonomic descriptions for external clients
  • Be part of the SOSA management committee and have shared responsibility for the overall success
  • Serve as the creative force for the Discovery Team, pushing the cutting edge of taxonomic practice, and interface with scientists using the SOSA services
  • Primary contact for client communication, Represent SOSA externally at scientific meetings and recruiting new clients
  • Project management, report and documentation
  • Assist in recruitment, training, performance evaluation, promotion and termination activities as in supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, volunteers, interns, part-time employees, and visiting scientists
  • Write and contribute to taxonomy-related research grant proposals
  • Contribute to your own and/ or collaborative publications related to SOSA objectives
  • Work with other units of SOSA (conservation, public outreach), museum and external communications channels, including social media platforms, to provide public outreach

 

Your profile:

  • Extensive experience in integrative alpha taxonomy and expertise in at least one group of marine invertebrates with relevant publication record
  • Effective leadership and team management skills, strong interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills
  • Excellent English skills, spoken and written, knowledge of German language (not strictly required)
  • Passion for orderly and complete documentation and detail
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Creating long- and short-term plans, including setting targets for milestones and adhering to deadlines
  • Detailed knowledge of research-funding procedures, international research experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with molecular methods (e.g. DNA barcoding) and science communication (not strictly required)
  • Detailed knowledge of microscopy and morphological imaging techniques (e.g., SEM, µCT, cLSM) and image processing methods

 

What can you expect?

  • An interesting and challenging task in a dynamic and stimulating team of researchers, technicians and communicators in the diverse SOSA project team
  • The opportunity to be at the forefront of a new movement with scientists, conservationists and science communicators dedicated to explore, protect and inspire awe for ocean biodiversity
  • Excellent benefits and work/ life balance: Flexible working hours – dual career service – leave of absence due to family reasons – parent-child-office – annual bonus payment – company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt – leave of 30 days/year

The contract should start ideally as soon as possible after March 2022.

 Senckenberg supports equal opportunity for men and women and places an emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women and under-represented groups. Qualified women and other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. This job is based at Frankfurt am Main, a vibrant global city, providing excellent collaboration facilities with several universities and institutions like Max Planck.

Senckenberg is a globally connected institute. The working language within this project is English. Frankfurt is a vibrant, international, culturally diverse city and one of the world’s travel hubs. We welcome candidates from all nations and support with your relocation process.

Location: Frankfurt am Main

Volume of employment: 100% full time position (40 weekly working hours)

Type of contract: Employment shall start as soon as possible after March 2022 and will be initially limited to a 2-year fixed-term contract; an extension to the end of the project, 31 December 2031 is intended

 

 Would you like to apply?

Please submit two documents as email attachments:

  • download and complete the information form for this position from http://sosa.senckenberg.de. This form will be considered anonymously and will be used for the initial short-listing process.
  • a single pdf including a cover letter and your CV, including names and contact details of three professional references. The one-page cover letter should address your fit to the advertised position as described above. Use the code created for the form for “blind review” also in the cover letter and in the file name.
  • Please submit two files (see above), mentioning the reference of this job offer ( #01-21054) before 27 February 2022 by e-mail to : recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information, please see http://sosa.senckenberg.de or contact the SOSA Co-Chairs: Dr. Torben Riehl and Prof. Dr Julia Sigwart (torben.riehl@senckenberg.de, julia.sigwart@senckenberg.de).

Ref.#01-21055 Project Manager (SOSA) (m/f/d)

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

Following its mission to analyze and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position of a

 Project Manager (SOSA) (m/f/d)
(full time)

The Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance (SOSA) project combines marine biodiversity research, species conservation, and science communication within one project. This interdisciplinary project is composed of three pillars, the Discovery Unit, Red Listing Unit and the Engagement Unit, whose tasks are tightly interlinked. The Discovery Unit will apply a new model for biodiversity work by providing taxonomic services to users inside and outside of Senckenberg. http://sosa.senckenberg.de.

This role is to support all aspects of SOSA and be responsible for general office tasks.

 

Your tasks:

  • Part of the SOSA Management Committee with responsibility for SOSA’s success
  • Support the project leadership in coordination and administration
  • Work collaboratively with SOSA teams, management, Advisory Board, Marine Council, and partners
  • Communicate with team, institutional administration as well as external and internal collaborators;
  • Organize meetings and document meeting results, coordinate and administer reporting
  • Contribute to international networking
  • Control the project budget, place orders, make bookings, and process reimbursements for project activities
  • Work in close exchange with Senckenberg administration, for instance to ensure compliance of project activities with internal and external statutes and legal requirements

 

Your profile:

  • Curiosity and enthusiasm for biodiversity, especially marine species
  • Academic qualification (BSc or MSc degree)
  • Proven experience in project, science and office management
  • Budgeting and reporting as well as scheduling and organisation
  • Excellent office-IT literacy, online skills and team management programs
  • Passion for orderly and complete documentation, evaluation and detail;
  • Excellent English and German skills, spoken and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent time-management, talent for self-management
  • Qualified office manager with basic experience in project management
  • Basic understanding of scientific procedures, communication and work flows
  • Experience with event management; Knowledge of recruitment procedures
  • Knowledge of scientific funding acquisition processes and workflows
  • Good ability to work independently, also under pressure and to set boundaries

 

What can you expect?

  • An interesting and challenging task in a dynamic and stimulating team of researchers, technicians and communicators in the diverse SOSA project team
  • The opportunity to be at the forefront of a new movement with scientists, conservationists and science communicators dedicated to explore, protect and inspire awe for ocean biodiversity
  • Excellent benefits and work/life balance: Flexible working hours – dual career service – leave of absence due to family reasons – parent-child-office – annual bonus payment – company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt – leave of 30 days/year

The contract should start ideally as soon as possible after March 2022.

 The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invite women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt, Germany. We guarantee adherence to the law on part-time employment.

Senckenberg is a globally connected institute. The working language within this project is English. Frankfurt is a vibrant, international, culturally diverse city and one of the world’s travel hubs. We welcome candidates from all nations and can provide support with your relocation process.

Location:  Frankfurt am Main

Volume of employment: 100% full time position (40 weekly working hours)

Type of contract: Employment shall start as soon as possible after March 2022 and will be initially limited to a 2-year fixed-term contract; an extension to the end of the project, 31 December 2031 is intended

 

Would you like to apply?

Please submit two documents as email attachments:

  • download and complete the information form for this position from http://sosa.senckenberg.de. This form will be considered anonymously and will be used for the initial short-listing process.
  • a single pdf including a cover letter and your CV, including names and contact details of three professional references. The one-page cover letter should address your fit to the advertised position as described above. Use the code created for the form for “blind review” also in the cover letter and in the file name.
  • Please submit two files (see above), mentioning the reference of this job offer ( #01-21055) before 27 February 2022 by e-mail to : recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information, please see http://sosa.senckenberg.de or contact the SOSA Co-Chairs: Dr. Torben Riehl and Prof. Dr Julia Sigwart (torben.riehl@senckenberg.de, julia.sigwart@senckenberg.de).

Ref. #01-21053 PhD student (m/f/d) “Evolution of molluscan adaptations”

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

Following its mission to analyse and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position with a 

PhD student (m/f/d)
“Evolution of molluscan adaptations”
(part-time, 65%)

The project PHENOME (from Phenome to genome: How Exceptional Novelties Open the
Mechanisms of Evolution) is a five-year project examining extraordinary molluscs funded by the Leibniz Association. The work will also benefit from close connection to the Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance (SOSA), a new project combining marine biodiversity research, species
conservation, and science communication.

A funded PhD student will be trained in specialist lab techniques to describe the anatomy of the focal species, none of which have been visualised using 3D techniques. These descriptive studies will provide a new comparative context to interpret the morphofunction of special structures and adaptive novelties. This will be complemented with additional phylogenetic analyses, adding additional transcriptome data from other ingroup species where possible to test the phylogenetic placement of the comparative sets (target species with novel body plans, and comparative groups).

Your Tasks:

  • Study morphological and genomic differentiation in select mollusc lineages representing extreme morphological adaptations
  • Using tomographic visualisation (digital 3D models) to describe and understand
    evolutionary novelties
  • Work collaboratively with bioinformatics specialists to compare analyse genomic data
  • Conduct research visits to partnering institutions
  • Publish results in international journals in cooperation with the project team
  • Present project results during international scientific conferences (posters/ talks
  • Participate in outreach activities

Your profile:

  • MSc degree in a relevant field, such as biology, zoology, biosystematics
  • Genuine passion for marine biodiversity
  • Lab experience with microscopy, histology, and/ or DNA work
  • Excellent English skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with molecular methods (e.g. DNA barcoding, ancient DNA) and marine molluscs
  • Willingness to participate in international fieldwork

What can you expect?

  • An interesting task in a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers in a large-scale international research project
  • Affiliation with Goethe University Frankfurt and membership in its graduate academy
    GRADE
  • Flexible working hours – a discounted job ticket – support with childcare or caring for Family members (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – Senckenberg badge in combination with free admission to many municipal museums – special annual payment – Holiday entitlement of 30 days/year- company pension scheme

 

The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invite women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt, Germany. We guarantee adherence to the law on parttime employment.

Senckenberg is a globally connected institute. The working language within this project is English. Frankfurt is a vibrant, international, culturally diverse city and one of the world’s travel hubs. We welcome candidates from all nations and support with your relocation process.

Location: Frankfurt am Main
Volume of employment: 65% part-time position (26 weekly working hours)
Type of contract: Employment shall start as soon as possible after March 2022
and will be limited for a three-year contract

Would you like to apply?

Please submit your documents, mentioning the reference of this job posting (ref.#01-21053), as a single email attachment to recruiting@senckenberg.de until 27 February 2022 or use our online application form on our homepage www.senckenberg.de.

  1. A cover letter (maximum 1-2 pages) explaining your interest in the project and your
    relevant prior experience;
  2. Your detailed CV, including names and contact details of two professional references
  3. Copies of your relevant academic certificates and credentials, such as your university
    degrees.

For more information, please see http://sosa.senckenberg.de or contact the SOSA Co-Chairs: Dr. Torben Riehl and Prof. Dr Julia Sigwart (torben.riehl@senckenberg.de,
julia.sigwart@senckenberg.de).

Ref.#01-21052 Bioinformatician (m/f/d)

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

Following its mission to analyze and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position of a

Bioinformatician (m/f/d)
(full time)

This position is funded by a five-year project designed to combine cutting edge technology for studying both the anatomical and genomic basis for evolutionary novelties in molluscs, and test whether genomic novelties are more strongly associated with armour and Shell morphology or rather physiological adaptations that allow the invasion of new niche spaces.
Your job would be to provide bioinformatics capacity especially in de novo genome assemblies of mollusc species.

Your tasks:

  • Develop, maintain and automate computational pipelines for genome assembly and annotation ofmollusc species that are sequenced via the LOEWE TBG and external partners using state-of-theart sequencing technologies and compute infrastructure
  • Support other members of the research group working on morphological features to identify specific research questions
  • Perform independent research in collaboration with other members of the research group, the LOEWE-TBG, Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance, and external collaborators on molluscan genomics
  • Perform comparative analyses of resulting genomes including for phylogenomics

Your profile:

  • Masters degree or equivalent training and experience in bioinformatics / computational biology, genomics or a related area; a PhD degree in these fields is an advantage but not strictly required
  • Excellent programming skills in a Linux environment as well as experience with shell scripting and Unix tools
  • Previous experience in genomics, genome assembly and/or annotation using non-model
    organisms, preferably molluscs
  • Genuine curiosity and interest in nature, the oceans and their inhabitants, and especially molluscs

What can you expect?

  • An interesting and challenging task in a dynamic and stimulating team of researchers, technicians and communicators
  • Excellent benefits and work-life balance: Flexible working hours – dual career service – leave of absence due to family reasons – parent-child-office – annual special payment – Company pension scheme – Senckenberg badge for free entry in museums in Frankfurt – leave of 30 days/ year

 

Senckenberg supports equal opportunity for men and women and places an emphasis on fostering Career opportunities for women and under-represented groups. Qualified women and other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Senckenberg is a globally connected institute. The working language within this project is English. Frankfurt is a vibrant, international, culturally diverse city and one of the world’s travel hubs. We welcome candidates from all nations and will provide support with your relocation process.

Location: Frankfurt am Main
Volume of employment: 100 % full-time position (40 weekly working hours)
Type of contract: Employment shall start as soon as possible after March 2022 and will
be limited for a two-year contract

Would you like to apply?

Please submit two documents as email attachments:

  1. download and complete the information form for this position from http://sosa.senckenberg.de. This form will be considered anonymously and will be used for the initial short-listing process
  2. a single pdf including a cover letter and your CV, including names and contact details of three professional references. The one-page cover letter should address your fit to the advertised position as described above. Use the code created for the form for “blind review” also in the cover letter and in the file name
  3. Please submit two files (see above), mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #01-21052) before 27 February 2022 by e-mail to : recruiting@senckenberg.de

For more information, please see http://sosa.senckenberg.de or contact the SOSA Co-Chairs: Dr. Torben Riehl and Prof. Dr Julia Sigwart (torben.riehl@senckenberg.de, julia.sigwart@senckenberg.de).

Ref.#01-21056 PhD Student (m/f/d) – “Phylogenetic systematics of polyplacophoran molluscs”

Job posting ref. #01-21056

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

Following its mission to analyse and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position with a

 

PhD student (m/f/d) “Phylogenetic systematics of polyplacophoran molluscs”

(part time 65%)

 

The Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance (SOSA) project combines marine biodiversity research, species conservation, and science communication within one project. This interdisciplinary project is composed of three pillars, the Discovery Unit, Red Listing Unit and the Engagement Unit, whose tasks are tightly interlinked. The Discovery Unit will apply a new model for biodiversity work by providing taxonomic services to users inside and outside of Senckenberg. http://sosa.senckenberg.de.

Chitons represent an important group for understanding molluscan evolution, and more broadly animal evolution. While many species have diverged recently, the group retains a constrained morphology with strong similarities to stem group molluscs that go back to the Cambrian. Understanding speciation within this morphological constraint is informative for the deep mechanisms controlling the evolution of animal body plans. A highly motivated student taking on this project will have the opportunity to demonstrate how taxonomy is foundational to the most challenging and exciting questions in contemporary science.

Your tasks:

  • Study morphological and genomic differentiation in chiton species with a focus on one selected family
  • Apply integrative taxonomic approaches, describe species and evaluation molecular and morphological phylogenetic evidence
  • Participate in project meetings and contribute to project reporting as well as present project results during international scientific conferences (posters/talks)
  • Publish results in international journals in cooperation with the project team
  • Participate in outreach activities

Your profile:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as biology, zoology, biosystematics
  • Lab experience with microscopy, histology, and/ or DNA work
  • Knowledge of and experience with molecular methods (e.g. DNA barcoding, ancient DNA)
  • Interest in science communication, knowledge of marine molluscs and chitons
  • Willingness to participate in international fieldwork

What can you expect?

  • An interesting task in a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers in a large-scale international research project
  • Affiliation with Goethe University Frankfurt and membership in its graduate academy GRADE
  • Flexible working hours – a discounted job ticket – support with childcare or caring for family members (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – Senckenberg badge in combination with free admission to many municipal museums – special annual payment – holiday entitlement of 30 days/year- company pension scheme

Location: Frankfurt am Main

Volume of employment: 65% part-time position (26 weekly working hours)

Type of contract: Employment shall start as soon as possible after March 2022 and will be limited for a three-year contract

 

The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invite women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt, Germany. We guarantee adherence to the law on part-time employment.

Senckenberg is a globally connected institute. The working language within this project is English. Frankfurt is a vibrant, international, culturally diverse city and one of the world’s travel hubs. We welcome candidates from all nations and and can support you with your relocation process.

 

Would you like to apply?

Please submit your documents, mentioning the reference of this job posting (ref.#01-21056), as a single email attachment to recruiting@senckenberg.de until 27 February 2022 or use our online application form on our homepage www.senckenberg.de.

  • A cover letter (maximum 1-2 pages) explaining your interest in the project and your relevant prior experience;
  • Your detailed CV, including names and contact details of two professional references;
  • Copies of your relevant academic certificates and credentials, such as your university degrees.

For more information, please see http://sosa.senckenberg.de or contact the SOSA Co-Chairs: Dr. Torben Riehl and Prof. Dr Julia Sigwart (torben.riehl@senckenberg.de, julia.sigwart@senckenberg.de).

Ref.#01-21057 PhD Student (m/f/d) – “Genus-level diversity of the deep-sea isopod family Macrostylidae”

Job posting ref. #01-21057

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

Following its mission to analyse and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position of a

 

PhD student (m/f/d) “Genus-level diversity of the deep-sea isopod family Macrostylidae”

(part time 65%)

 

The Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance (SOSA) project combines marine biodiversity research, species conservation, and science communication within one project. This interdisciplinary project is composed of three pillars, the Discovery Unit, Red Listing Unit and the Engagement Unit, whose tasks are tightly interlinked. The Discovery Unit will apply a new model for biodiversity work by providing taxonomic services to users inside and outside of Senckenberg. http://sosa.senckenberg.de.

The project aims for a better representation of the evolutionary relationships within Macrostylidae in their taxonomic organisation. These shall be further clarified using a synthesis of morphological and molecular approaches to taxonomy. By means of this integrative taxonomy, the PhD student will describe new species of this group from various oceans (incl. Atlantic, Pacific, Southern Ocean). Morphological characters will be added and scored to an already existing database in the computer program DELTA (DEscription Language for TAxonomy) which will serve as a basis for producing description texts, identification keys, diagnoses and character matrices in various output formats.

Your tasks:

  • Study morphological and genomic differentiation in selected isopod species complexes from the Northwest Pacific deep sea
  • Apply integrative taxonomic approaches, population genomics and molecular phylogenetic
  • Publish results in international journals in cooperation with the project team
  • Participate in project meetings, outreach activities and contribute to project reporting, as well as presenting project results during international scientific conferences (posters/talks)

Your profile:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as biology, zoology, biosystematics
  • Proven experience in integrative alpha taxonomy and working with isopod crustaceans
  • Strong microscopy skills and DNA lab experience as well as knowledge of and experience with molecular methods (e.g. DNA barcoding)
  • Experience as a science communicator, microscopy and morphological imaging techniques (e.g., SEM, µCT, cLSM) and image processing methods
  • Prior taxonomic knowledge of deep-sea isopods and general knowledge of deep-sea biology
  • Willingness to participate in week-long off-shore sampling campaigns

What can you expect?

  • An interesting task in a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers in a large-scale international research project
  • Affiliation with Goethe University Frankfurt and membership in its graduate academy GRADE
  • The possibility to build and extend your professional network with scientists at an international level and to attend national and international conferences
  • Flexible working hours – a discounted job ticket – support with childcare or caring for family members (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – Senckenberg badge in combination with free admission to many municipal museums – special annual payment – holiday entitlement of 30 days/year- company pension scheme

The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invite women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt, Germany. We guarantee adherence to the law on part-time employment.

Senckenberg is a globally connected institute. The working language within this project is English. Frankfurt is a vibrant, international, culturally diverse city and one of the world’s travel hubs. We welcome candidates from all nations and can support with your relocation process.

 

Location: Frankfurt am Main

Volume of employment: 65% part-time position (26 weekly working hours)

Type of contract: Employment shall start as soon as possible after March 2022 and will be limited for a three-year contract

 

Would you like to apply?

Please submit your documents, mentioning the reference of this job posting (ref.#01-21057), as a single email attachment to recruiting@senckenberg.de until 27 February 2022 or use our online application form on our homepage www.senckenberg.de.

  • A cover letter (maximum 1-2 pages) explaining your interest in the project and your relevant prior experience;
  • Your detailed CV, including names and contact details of two professional references;
  • Copies of your relevant academic certificates and credentials, such as your university degrees.

 

For more information, please see http://sosa.senckenberg.de or contact the SOSA Co-Chairs: Dr. Torben Riehl and Prof. Dr Julia Sigwart (torben.riehl@senckenberg.de, julia.sigwart@senckenberg.de).

Ref.#01-21058 PhD Student (m/f/d) – “Diversity of deep-sea holothurians”

Job posting ref. #01-21058

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

Following its mission to analyse and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society, Senckenberg fosters curiosity-driven and application-oriented research. In Senckenberg at Frankfurt we seek to fill the position with  a

 

PhD student (m/f/d) “Diversity of deep-sea holothurians”

(part time 65%)

We are seeking a candidate (m/f/d) with a strong background in marine organismal biology and a keen interest in studying taxonomy and population genetics. The position is part of the Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance (SOSA) project. http://sosa.senckenberg.de

The Senckenberg Ocean Species Alliance (SOSA) project combines marine biodiversity research, species conservation, and science communication within one project. This interdisciplinary project is composed of three pillars, the Discovery Unit, Red Listing Unit and the Engagement Unit, whose tasks are tightly interlinked. The Discovery Unit will apply a new model for biodiversity work by providing taxonomic services to users inside and outside of Senckenberg. http://sosa.senckenberg.de.

Your tasks:

  • Study morphological and genomic differentiation in holothurian species with a focus on one selected family or geographical region based on your research interests
  • Apply integrative taxonomic approaches, population genomics and molecular phylogenetic evidence
  • Publish results in international journals in cooperation with the project team and contribute to project reporting
  • Participate in project meetings, outreach activities, and present project results during international scientific conferences (posters/talks)

Your profile:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as biology, zoology, biosystematics
  • Knowledge of echinoderms and/or deep-sea biodiversity
  • Knowledge of and experience with molecular methods (e.g. DNA barcoding, ancient DNA) and lab experience with microscopy, histology, and/or DNA work
  • Interest in science communication, such as presenting project results during international scientific conferences (posters/talks)
  • Willingness to participate in international fieldwork and to conduct research visits to partnering institutions

What can you expect?

  • An interesting task in a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of researchers in a large-scale international research project
  • Affiliation with Goethe University Frankfurt and membership in its graduate academy GRADE
  • Flexible working hours – a discounted job ticket – support with childcare or caring for family members (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – Senckenberg badge in combination with free admission to many municipal museums – special annual payment – holiday entitlement of 30 days/year- company pension scheme

 

Location: Frankfurt am Main

Volume of employment: 65% part-time position (26 weekly working hours)

Type of contract: Employment shall start as soon as possible after March 2022 and will be limited for a three-year contract

 

The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invite women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt, Germany. We guarantee adherence to the law on part-time employment.

Senckenberg is a globally connected institute. The working language within this project is English. Frankfurt is a vibrant, international, culturally diverse city and one of the world’s travel hubs. We welcome candidates from all nations and can provide support with your relocation process.

Would you like to apply?

Please submit your documents, mentioning the reference of this job posting (ref.#01-21058), as a single email attachment to recruiting@senckenberg.de until 27 February 2022 or use our online application form on our homepage www.senckenberg.de.

  • A cover letter (maximum 1-2 pages) explaining your interest in the project and your relevant prior experience;
  • Your detailed CV, including names and contact details of two professional references;
  • Copies of your relevant academic certificates and credentials, such as your university degrees.

 

For more information, please see http://sosa.senckenberg.de or contact the SOSA Co-Chairs:

Dr. Torben Riehl (torben.riehl@senckenberg.de), and Prof. Dr Julia Sigwart, (julia.sigwart@senckenberg.de).

Jobs in Wilhelmshaven

Ref.#02-21007 Scientist Position (m/f/d)

Job announcement ref. #02-21007                                  

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 department Senckenberg am Meer (SaM) and the German Centre of Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) are located in Wilhelmshaven and are the northernmost locations of our association. They cooperate with important research establishments of the German oceanography as well as colleges and universities. Situated directly on the North Sea, Wilhelmshaven also offers local recreation in unspoilt nature and a wide range of cultural activities.

Within an integrated multi-partner BMBF-project called DAM (Deutsche Allianz für Meeresforschung) – CREATE (DAM Schutz und Nutzen – CREATE: Concepts to reduce the impact of anthropogenic pressures and benefits on marine ecosystems and biodiversity) for our section Marine Sedimentology at our Institute Senckenberg am Meer located in Wilhelmshaven we invite applications for a

 

Scientist Position (m/f/d)

(100 %)

 

Within “CREATE” the full-time scientist will be responsible for the subproject “Optimization of classification processes of hydro-acoustic seafloor data with respect to the habitat dynamics in marine protected areas of the North Sea” which is part of the work-package “Evaluation and optimization of spatial monitoring”.

For a sustainable conservation of the complex ecosystems, high demands on assessment and management by decision makers from politics, nature conservation, economy and tourism become necessary. This necessitates constant monitoring of the ecological status and structure of habitats. But because of the external anthropogenic and natural impact variability habitats are subject to dynamics, characterised by changes in morphology, substrates and their settlement structures, which are reflected, among other things, in their spatial variability.

One instrument for recognizing this dynamic is the regular area-based cartographic recording of marine habitats with the help of hydro-acoustic methods as part of underwater remote sensing. The often still manual and thus time-consuming conversion into maps of bathymetry and morphology as well as substrate characterisation requires trained personnel and standardised assessment criteria in catalogues that allow an equivalent comparison of time series. Main mission of this subproject is the improvement of current classification methods of hydro-acoustic seafloor data in order to their optimal use and degree of automation and their efficiency in the area of complex heterogeneous substrate structures. The results should help to optimise existing assessment procedures (e.g. Marine Strategy Framework Directive MSFD D6).

 

Your tasks:

  • Define spatial dimension and return intervals of measurements of bathymetry, sea floor characteristics, and hydrographic data inside the Natura 2000 areas in context with the other work packages
  • Prepare, organize and operate field measurements (hydro-acoustic and hydro-graphic measurements such as velocity, turbidity, suspended load) in the study sites as well as the granulometry of bottom sediments
  • Homogenize existing data sets of hydro-acoustic devices (side-scan sonar and multibeam echo sounder data) to given grid sizes
  • Test and evaluate automatic classification approaches – using individual datasets with the various classification/object identification algorithms for their detection quality and evaluation efficiency
  • Compile acoustic class distribution maps with ground truth data into habitat maps and to prepare of an effort analysis

 

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Geo-Science / Physical Geography / Geoinformatics
  • Experience with GIS, remote sensing techniques, data analysis of spatial data
  • Familiar with object-identification and classification algorithms/procedures
  • Familiar with programming tools (e.g. MatLab)
  • Experience with hydro-acoustic backscatter data
  • Base-knowledge in Sedimentology
  • Interest into interdisciplinary research collaboration
  • Interest into the interaction with policy and stake holders
  • Willingness to work off-shore and in the field

 

Salary and benefits are according to a full-time public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13, 100 %, weekly working hours: 40). The contract should start as soon as possible in 2022 and will initially be limited for 18 months.

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 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #02-21007) before January 6th, 2022 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a detailed CV and a copy of your full academic certification to recruiting@senckenberg.de or use our online application form on our homepage www.senckenberg.de.

 

For more subject-specific information please contact Dr. Alexander Bartholomä (alexander.bartholomae@senckenberg.de).

 

 

Jobs in Dresden

Ref.#07-21002 Scientific Employee (m/f/d) in the field of Bioinformatics with IT responsibility

                                             Job announcement – ref.#07-21002

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) was founded in 1817 and is one of the most important research institutions around biological diversity. At the eleven sites throughout Germany, scientists from almost 40 nations conduct cutting-edge research on an international level. At the site in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, the Senckenberg Natural History Collections are located in a historic city with a wide range of cultural activities and excellent research collaborations. 

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, is looking for the following person for the institute “Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden” (SNSD) in Dresden.

 

Scientific employee (m/f/d) in the field of Bioinformatics with IT responsibility
(Full-time position)

 

 

The share of scientific work amounts to approx. 60% of the job scope. The remaining 40% of the job scope is accounted for services in the IT area.

 

These are your challenges:

  • Research in geobiodiversity, genomics, molecular phylogeny or phylogeography, in combination with related topics such as evolution or conservation genetics
  • Close cooperation with research groups on site as well as bioinformatics working groups at all locations of the Senckenberg Society
  • Willingness to take on cross-cutting tasks in the SNSD (e.g. participation in institutional and external committees, open days, etc.)
  • Responsibility for the entire IT and data management of the institute (for the fields of geosciences and zoology), incl. coordination with other Senckenberg sites and external IT service providers
  • On-site IT service with responsibility for hardware and software (PCs, switches, servers and all peripherals), trouble shooting
  • Collaboration in the IT user advisory board, or participation in the strategic development of SGN-IT
  • Close cooperation with the IT department at our headquarters in Frankfurt and other Senckenberg sites
     

Your profile:

  • Successfully completed university studies and doctorate in the field of biology, bioinformatics, or a related discipline
  • Internationally visible research and publication activity
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with Linux and programming languages (Python, R and similar)
  • Experience in the use of a wide range of current software applications and data storage media for geobiodiversity research
  • Willingness to participate in interdisciplinary work
  • Experience in attracting external funding
  • Very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a team, communication and organisational skills
    A high degree of commitment, initiative, willingness and sense of responsibility are required
     

What to expect:

  • 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-L) – company pension scheme
     

Location: Dresden

Scope of Employment: Full-time position (40 hours/week)

Contract Type: Initially fixed term for a period of two years;

A removal of the limitation is aimed at

Remuneration: EG 13 according to the German collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L)

 

Severely disabled applicants will be given special preference in the event of equal suitability. The Senckenberg Research Institutes support equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Compliance with the regulations of the law on part-time work is guaranteed. Senckenberg is certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”.

 

You would like to apply?

 Please submit your complete application documents (letter of motivation with a brief description of your previous research interests, curriculum vitae, academic training certificates as well as (work) references) in electronic form (as one coherent PDF file) to recruiting@senckenberg.de by 21.01.2022, quoting the reference number #07-21002, or apply directly on our homepage www.senckenberg.de/de/karriere/bewerbung/ via the online application form.

 

Jobs in Görlitz

Ref.#08-21008 Research Associate (m/f/d) Soil Biodiversity and Agriculture

                                           Job announcement – ref.#08-21008
 

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 on an international level. At the Görlitz site, the prestigious Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz (SMNG) is located in a historic town with a very liveable region that is particularly close to nature.

 

For the BMBF project „BonaRes – Centre for Soil Research“, the Department of Soil Zoology of the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG) is looking for a

 

Research Associate (m/f/d) Soil Biodiversity and Agriculture

 

Within the framework of the research program „Soils as Sustainable Resource for the Bioeconomy – BonaRes“, launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the „BonaRes – Centre for Soil Research“ is a central project. Aims of the Centre are the provision of soil-related data in standardized form, the development of integrative model tools to evaluate land-use options regarding their sustainability, and the development of a web-based portal for knowledge-based options for farming strategies and soil-use management. To face these challenges, an interdisciplinary group has been established from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), the Technical University of Munich, the Senckenberg Nature Research Society (SGN), and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). Within this consortium, the SGN elucidates and quantifies the effects of agricultural methods on soil animal communities as well as the impact of soil animals on soil processes and functions through the review and statistical analysis of world-wide research results in scientific publications.

The Centre will soon enter a new funding period, in which the SGN tasks are divided into a first 2-year and a second 1-year phase. The research associate will help the SGN team meet the milestones of the first phase. The position will (1) quantify (via systematic reviews and meta-analyses of literature data) the effects of different agricultural practices (concerning compaction) on soil fauna, (2) help review and analyze (meta-analyses) literature data to assess and quantify soil-faunal bioturbation and its effects in agroecosystems, as well as (3) help systematically review existing meta-analyses on soil-faunal effects on soil processes. These assessments will focus on, i.e., Lumbricidae, Enchytraeidae, Nematoda, Collembola (preferably at a functional-group level). The results of the meta-analyses and systematic reviews will be used to quantify models of agricultural methods on soil functionality as well as in fact sheets for stakeholders. While a basic knowledge of soil animals and biodiversity analyses is necessary, fieldwork and animal determination is not intended.

 

The tasks of this job entail:

  • Meta-analyses and assessments of literature data on bioturbation and the effects of soil compaction on soil fauna
  • Systematically review existing meta-analyses on soil-faunal effects on soil processes
  • Identification of functional groups (based on character traits) of soil fauna (i.e. Lumbricidae, Enchytraeidae, Collembola, Nematoda) affected by agricultural measures
  • Establishment and preparation of quantified soil-biological functional data for models
  • Writing fact sheets and high-quality publications on the research content
  • Preparation of project mid-term reports; representation and presentation of the results at project status seminars, conferences, etc.

 

Your profile:

  • Higher degree (Masters, or equivalent; PhD) in soil ecology or a related topic with a thorough knowledge of soil fauna
  • Working knowledge of agricultural and soil-management methods
  • Basic knowledge of methods of evidence synthesis, i.e., systematic literature reviews
  • Basic knowledge of meta-analysis statistics, i.e., mixed-effects models
  • Familiarity with transdisciplinary research environments, especially in soil (biodiversity) research
  • Publication experience, excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Outstanding command of spoken and written German and English
  • Willingness to travel (project meetings, conferences)
  • Ability to integration, you are a team player and have personal resilience

 

This is what you can expect:

  • 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-L) – company pension scheme

 

Location: Görlitz

Scope of employment: Full-time (40 hours/week)

Type of contract:  The position can start on February 1st, 2022 and is limited to two years. The position is conditional to project approval by the funding agency.

Remuneration: EG 13 according to the German collective agreement TV-L

 

Severely disabled applicants will be given special preference in case of equal suitability. Compliance with the regulations of the law on part-time work is guaranteed. Senckenberg is certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”.

 

You are interested in applying?

Please send your application until January 16th, 2022, (application deadline) by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (ref. #08-21008) and including a letter outlining your suitability, a detailed CV, educational transcripts, contact details of 2 references and a list of your publications to:

 

Dr. David Russell

c/o Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz

02806 Görlitz

E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de

 

Applications can also be directly submitted on our homepage www.senckenberg.de/de/karriere/bewerbung/ via the online application form.

 

For scientific enquiries please contact Dr. David Russell, +49 (0)3581 / 4760-5502.

 

Chair (W3) of Functional Soil Biodiversity Research combined with the position of the Head of Department of Soil Zoology at Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG)

The International Institute (IHI) Zittau, a Central Academic Unit of TU Dresden, and the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research are seeking to fill the

Chair (W3) of Functional Soil Biodiversity Research

combined with the position of the

Head of Department of Soil Zoology

at Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG)

starting January 1, 2023.

The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SGN), a member institution of the Leibniz Association, conducts integrative natural history research with almost 800 employees in leading research institutes in seven federal states. The Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG) has research departments in the fields of soil zoology, zoology and botany and maintains a public museum exhibition. Senckenberg and TU Dresden cooperate closely in both research on and teaching of these topics.

At TU Dresden you (m/f/x) are responsible for teaching in the above-mentioned area. To this intent, a second affiliation is being sought for the Faculty of Biology. You will be involved in teaching the English-language Master’s study programs “Organismic and Molecular Biodiversity” at TU Dresden and “Ecosystem Services” at IHI Zittau, which are significantly supported by Senckenberg. We expect you to be willing and capable of teaching courses in English, to supervise students and academic staff, and to actively participate in curricula development and in academic committees and boards.

At SMNG you will head the Department of Soil Zoology with seven scientific sections and over five million objects in the collection. Together with the section heads, you are responsible for the development of the research profile, the collections and academic teaching activities of the department. Your research should address community ecology and functional biodiversity of soil animals, including modelling of associated data, within the context of the “Anthropocene Biodiversity Loss”. You will actively promote the international soil zoological data warehouse “Edaphobase” and its application in change-scenario development. We expect you to initiate and manage international research projects in cooperation with the section heads of the department, with other units within Senckenberg, as well as with national and international research institutes, supported by substantial acquirement of third-party funds and high-level publications. You will be editorially responsible for the international scientific journal “Soil Organisms”. You will also be closely involved in the general administration of the institute.

We are seeking a candidate with outstanding expertise in the field of soil biodiversity research, excellent knowledge of the ecology, systematics and integrative taxonomy of soil animals, and relevant teaching experience in zoology (invertebrates) and ecology. You have an outstanding record of publications on functional soil biodiversity research, and a keen interest in research based on scientific collections and databases (collectomics). You have extensive experience in the acquisition and management of third-party funded projects; motivation, commitment and the ability to work independently as a researcher; and are experienced in guiding staff and leading larger working groups. Experience in editorial activities of scientific journals is a further benefit. Applicants must fulfil the employment qualification requirements of § 58 of the Act on the Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education in the Free State of Saxony (SächsHSFG).

If you have any further questions, please contact the head of the appointment committee of election, Prof. Martin Hofrichter, phone +49 3583 612 4121, email: martin.hofrichter@tu-dresden.de or Prof. Karsten Wesche from the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz, phone +49 3581 4760 5300, email: karsten.wesche@senckenberg.de

TU Dresden and Senckenberg seek to employ more female professors. Hence, we particularly encourage women to apply. Applications from candidates with disabilities or those requiring additional support are very welcome. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a dual career service; also Senckenberg is certified as family friendly (audit berufundfamilie). If you have any questions about these topics, please contact the Equal Opportunities Officer of IHI Zittau (Ms. Uta Scheunig, +49 3583 612 4115) or the Equal Opportunities Officer at Senckenberg (Ms. Doerte Florack, doerte.florack@senckenberg.de), or the Representative of Employees with Disabilities at TU Dresden (Mr. Roberto Lemmrich, Tel.: +49 351 463 33175).

Please send your application, including a curriculum vitae and publication list, copies of the five most important publications, a list of your previous academic teaching activities (including the results of teaching evaluations of the last three years), a list of successfully acquired third-party funds, statements on research plans, concepts for collection development and collections-based research, ideas about teaching in relevant fields, and a letter in which you explain your motivation for applying by February 21, 2022 (stamped arrival date applies) to: TU Dresden, IHI Zittau, Direktor Prof. Dr. Thorsten Claus, Markt 23, 02763 Zittau, Germany or in electronic form (CD, USB storage medium or via the SecureMail Portal of the TU Dresden, https://securemail.tu-dresden.de to direktor.ihi@tu-dresden.de.) In the course of further proceedings, the documents will also be available to the search committee and the board of directors of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research.

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