Postdoctoral Researcher in “Molecular Clocks”, The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany

Postdoctoral Researcher in “Molecular Clocks”, The  Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany


The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) is a new interdisciplinary institute with the mission to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change on the organism level. It has been founded by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung, the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and others partners. The Centre is funded by the Federal State of Hesse through its Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). It provides a new, dynamic research environment that integrates a variety of disciplines from both natural and social sciences. The Project Area A “Evolution and Climate” invites applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Researcher “Molecular Clocks”

We are looking for a scientist with a strong research focus at the interface of biology,mathematics and informatics, in particular, molecular clocks. The successful applicant will cooperate with various groups of biologists and palaeontologists working on the relation of long-term evolution of climate and plant (and animal) evolution. She or he will be in charge of improving existing and developing new molecular clock approaches, and apply them to different DNA and fossil data sets. The successful applicant will play an active role in the acquisition of external funds and participate in university teaching.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in biology or in another relevant subject and have a solid publication record. Expertise in the following areas is expected: theory and application of molecular clocks; preference will be given to applicants with additional skills in statistics/mathematics/programming. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the interest in joining a multidisciplinary team are required.

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13).The Research Centre BiK-F advocates gender equality. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference.

The contract shall start as soon as possible and will initially be restricted to three years. The duty station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung.

Please send your application by e-mail attachment, mentioning the reference of this position (#A29) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the position, a detailed CV, contact details of 2 referees and a copy of your PhD certificate before 5 September 2010 to: Prof. Dr.h.c. V. Mosbrugger, Scientific Coordinator Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

E-mail to Service and Finances: [email protected], and cc to [email protected] For scientific enquiries please write to Prof. Dr. A. Muellner (e-mail: [email protected]).

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