Open position: senior scientist in functional ecology, University of Freiburg (Germany) ~

18 de agosto de 2014

Open position: senior scientist in functional ecology, University of Freiburg (Germany)

The Chair of Geobotany at the University of Freiburg invites applications
for a Senior Scientist (f/m) appointment for a period of three years, with
the option for another 3-years prolongation. The candidate will develop
his/her own research profile that should complement the Chair ́s scientific
work, focusing on functional plant ecology, biodiversity – ecosystem
functioning relationships, global change ecology, or soundscape ecology.
The appointment includes the scientific and administrative management of
the Chair ́s laboratories and its equipment (CN analyser, AAS, microplate
reader, etc.), as well as the position as safety delegate of the Chair. In
addition, teaching at the BSc. and MSc.- level in Biology (Faculty of
Biology) or Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Environment and Natural
Resources) is requested, and participation in general administrative issues
of the Chair is also expected.
The position is paid according to salary level A13 (“Akademischer
Rat/Rätin”) or E13 (“akademische/r Mitarbeiter/in”), starting date is
01.10.2014 or later. The position could be split into two positions of 50%
each. Please mention in your application explicitly whether you prefer a
50% or 100% employment. The university is an equal opportunity employer and
intends to increase the proportion of women and expressly calls
appropriately qualified women to apply. Severely disabled applicants with
equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Candidate profile: We are looking for a highly motivated and cooperative
person with a PhD in Biology/Ecology, Forestry or Environmental Sciences,
and relevant Postdoc experience. He/she will have demonstrated his/her
ability for raising funds, develop research questions, carry out the
relevant empirical work and statistical analyses, and publish the results.
Excellent statistical background and experience with appropriate software
(R) is expected. The candidate should be willing to stay prolonged periods
in the field. Fluency in English is indispensable.

Chair profile: We focus our scientific work on functional biodiversity
research and global change ecology ( We are
involved in several international initiatives that quantify the
implications of biodiversity change for ecosystem functions and services. A
special focus is on mechanisms underlying biodiversity effects on ecosystem
processes and biogeochemistry. More recently, we have initiated new
research focus in soundscape ecology. Founded in 1457, the University of
Freiburg is one of the oldest German universities and is now one of the
nation’s leading research and teaching institutions. The faculty of Biology
is renowned worldwide for its excellent research environment in multiple
disciplines. Freiburg is a vibrant student city at the foot of the Black
Forest in close vicinity to France and Switzerland, with rich cultural and
academic life, and excellent recreational opportunities.

Please send your application (comprising a letter of motivation, your CV
with a list of publications and funds raised, an overview of your teaching
experience, a statement on research interest, and contact details of two or
more references) by 31 August 2014 in one single PDF-file to For questions, please
contact Prof. Michael Scherer-Lorenzen (

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