Scientific Assistant Position, Department of Animal Behaviour, Bielefeld University, Germany ~

30 de enero de 2014

Scientific Assistant Position, Department of Animal Behaviour, Bielefeld University, Germany

A scientific assistant position (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit, A13) is
available in the Department of Animal Behaviour at Bielefeld University
from June 1st 2014 or soon thereafter. The position is available for
six (3+3) years at the German Civil Service Payment Scale A13 (minimum
salary after tax of 36000 euro per annum) which is comparable to a Senior
Lecturer/Reader salary in the UK.

We seek a bright and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher who
ideally has several years of postdoc experience in a relevant topic
(e.g. animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, population ecology,
evolutionary ecology). The scientific assistant will be responsible
for developing his or her own research agenda while also significantly
contributing to one of the three core model systems of the department
(zebra finches in the lab, birds of prey in the field, sea lions and fur
seals in the field). It is expected that he/she will be able to obtain
significant third-party research funding. The ideal candidate will be able
to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. The
teaching duties of a scientific assistant are 4 hours per week during
semesters or 120 hours per annum. In addition, the successful candidate
is expected to contribute to the running of the Department of Animal
Behaviour which is headed by Oliver Krüger and Joe Hoffman.

The successful candidate will be based at the
Department of Animal Behaviour at Bielefeld University
(  The department
is the oldest of its kind in Germany and currently hosts six principal
investigators, seven postdocs and twenty PhD students. It offers
a stimulating international environment and an excellent research
infrastructure including a brand new molecular laboratory. The working
language of the Department is English. Together with the Evolution and
Animal Ecology research groups housed in the same building, there are
some 50 scientists and PhD students from over ten different countries
working on related topics in behaviour, ecology and evolution.

Bielefeld is a city of 325,000 inhabitants with an attractive historical
centre and easy access to the Teutoburger Wald for hiking and other
outdoor pursuits. It offers a high standard of living and is well
connected to most major European cities.

To apply for the position, please provide: (i) a letter of motivation
including a 3-5-page statement of your research interests, how you would
contribute to the core model systems in the department, relevant skills
and experience; (ii) a CV including publication list; (iii) names and
contact details of three referees willing to write confidential letters
of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single PDF file

The application deadline is March 10th 2014 and interviews will
take place in April 2014. The preferred start date is June 1st
2014 but is flexible and will depend on the timeframe of the
most qualified applicant. For further information, please see or
contact Oliver Krüger via email (
with any informal inquiries.

The University of Bielefeld is an equal opportunity employer. We
particularly welcome applications from women and handicapped people. Given
equal suitability, qualifications and professional achievement, women
or handicapped people will be given preference, unless particular
circumstances apply.

With best wishes,

Oliver Krüger

Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger
Department of Animal Behaviour VHF
Bielefeld University
PO Box 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Tel: +49-521-1062842
Fax: +49-521-1062998

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