Research Associate (Department of Wildlife Sciences) (ID 100576)

ArbeitsortGöttingen, Niedersachsen, Deutschland



Research Associate

Einrichtung: Department of Wildlife Sciences (ID 100576)

Ansprechpartner: Mr. Prof. Dr. Niko Balkenhol

Besetzungsdatum: ab sofort

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 12.07.2019

The Department of Wildlife Sciences at the Faculty of Forestry & Forest Ecology of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany, is looking to fill the position of a

Research Associate (’postdoc’, all genders welcome, w/m/d) in Landscape Genomics

The starting date of the position is negotiable. The initial contract will be for two years, with the possibility of extension for up to two additional years (i.e., four years in total). Salary: 100% (currently 39.8 hrs/week) of pay grade 13 TV-L.

Position description
We are looking for a productive and creative individual who will conduct research in neutral and /or adaptive landscape genomics. The exact topic is flexible and will be developed collaboratively, but should be relevant for understanding gene flow and adaptation of terrestrial species in heterogeneous and variable environments. We are particularly interested in developing and applying landscape genomic approaches that
a) combine genomic, environmental and trait data;
b) help us understand eco-evolutionary meta-population dynamics; and
c) clarify the importance of functional connectivity for population viability. Potential research avenues include analysis of empirical data, method evaluation/development, meta-analysis, simulations or conceptual/theoretical work. We have outstanding computer facilities to support the analysis of big data sets and have secured funding to outsource laboratory analysis of empirical samples (e.g., generation of SNP or QTL data). Please note that field work can generally not be financed from our available funds, but Germany and the EU provide exciting funding opportunities for early-career scientists. Initiating own research proposals is encouraged and supported as part of this position. The position has a teaching duty of 6 credits (i.e., typically one course) per semester. Göttingen is a vibrant, highly international university town in central Germany with excellent quality of life, as it combines small town flair with the amenities of a large city. For a first impression, check out the virtual city tour at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

Your profile
  • above-average PhD degree in genetics, biology, ecology, bioinformatics or a related discipline, with appropriate master’s degree
  • strong analytical and conceptual capabilities
  • excellent knowledge of concepts and tools in landscape genetics/genomics
  • proven track-record of successful research output, i.e., several papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • programming skills are an asset, especially within program R
  • previous postdoc experience is an asset, as is previous experience in successful grant-writing
  • high motivation and creativity
  • well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially and effectively as a member of a research team

    The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life.The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

    Please apply by 18.08.2019, using our online application portal ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> so/knr_100576.nsf  to upload your application. In addition to the usual application materials (cover letter in which you explain your motivation and fit for the position, CV, copies of degree certificates etc.), please also include a short text (max. 2 pages) explaining your ideas for this position (e.g., what questions are you particularly interested in and what kind of research would you like to conduct?). All application documents will be permanently deleted 5 months after the position is closed.

    If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Niko Balkenhol, nbalken [at] gwdg[.]de


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    Vera Müffeler Postfach 3744 (Goßlerstr. 5 - 7)
    37027 Göttingen (37073 Göttingen) Tel. + 49 551 39-24213
    Fax + 49 551 39-1824213
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