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Postdoctoral Position in Chemodiversity

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The Department of Chemical Ecology investigates the role of natural products that are involved in the communication between individuals within one or different species and which influence their ecological interactions. Such natural products are involved in interactions between plants and herbivorous insects as well as their antagonists (predators, parasitoids) on the one hand and interactions between mutualistic partners such as fungi on the other hand. In this context, apart from the isolation and identification of such compounds focus is put on the elucidation of their functions in an ecological, behavioural, genetic, population-biological and evolutionary context.

The candidate will explore individual differences in the chemical composition of specialised plant products and their role in interactions between plants and other organisms.

Your Tasks

Research tasks (70 %)

  • independent research on the role of chemical diversity in plant-insect or plant-microbe interactions (e.g. with regard to plant invasions or global change) by using chemical analytical and/or molecular techniques, bioassays, field assays and statistical analyses
  • writing of grant applications and publications
  • involvement in the departmental teaching obligations (including student supervision)
  • organisational tasks, including maintenance of GC-MS

  Teaching tasks (20 %) Other tasks (10 %)

Employment is conductive to scientific qualification.

We offer

  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term (limited to 36 months) (§ 2 (1) sentence 2 of the WissZeitVG; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
  • fulltime
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • wide range of health, consulting and prevention service
  • reconcilability of family and working life
  • flexible working hours
  • job ticket for regional public transport network
  • supplementary company pension
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting, varied tasks

Your ProfileWe expect

  • completed relevant scientific university degree (Master or similar) in biology or any related discipline
  • PhD in biology or any related discipline
  • experience in chemical-ecological and/or molecular approaches
  • profound knowledge in chemical analysis using GC-MS
  • very good knowledge in statistical analyses, applying multivariate statistics
  • publications in ecology/chemical ecology
  • very good written and oral German and English language skills
  • independent, diligent and dedicated style of work as well as high level of teamwork

Preferred experience and skills

  • experience in research on plant chemical diversity
  • experience with LC-MS
  • ecological field work
  • teaching experience in ecology

Application Procedure

We are looking forward to receiving your application including a statement of research interests. For full consideration, your application should be received via either email (a single PDF document is required) sent to [email protected] or post (see postal address). Please mark your application with the identification code: Wiss22083. Please note that the possibility of privacy breaches and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be excluded when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. For Information on the processing of personal data click here.application deadline: 13.01.2022


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