Research Associate ("Wissenschaftlicher Assistent") ~

15 de febrero de 2011

Research Associate ("Wissenschaftlicher Assistent")

Munich, Germany
Position at the Chair of Paleontology & Geobiology, Molecular Geo- &
Paleobiology Lab.

We invite applications for a research associate ("Wissenschaftlicher
Assistent") at the Chair of Paleontology & Geobiology (Molecular Geo- &
Palaeobiology Lab) of the Department of Earth- and Environmental
Sciences and the GeoBio-CenterLMU of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet
(LMU) München.

The successful candidate will join a young, international and dynamic
lab that applies a molecular geo- and palaeobiological approach –
including molecular biology, genomics, and molecular phylogenetic
techniques in reconciliation with the fossil record – in a research
programme that focusses on temporal and spatial aspects of the
evolution, diversification and biomineralization of geobiologically
important marine invertebrate taxa like sponges, corals, and echinoderms
– lately also vertebrates. More information about the lab can be found
at .

You will have access to newly refurbished and fully equipped >200 sqm
molecular labs including two seawater aquaria systems, stereo- &
compound (fluorescent) microscopes
(), in-house stable isotope and
geo-histology labs and a 64-core Linux cluster. Further equipment is
available through the GeoBio-CenterLMU
(), through which you will
also have access to the Bavarian Natural History Collections
(), with >30 Mio. items one of the largest
biodiversity collections in Germany.

We are seeking a highly motivated applicant with an excellent
track-record of international publications. The working language of the
group is English, and applicants from abroad are encouraged to apply.

Requirements: PhD in Geosciences, Biology or related field less than
four years ago; 1-2 years of Post-Doc experience preferred; excellent
English language skills. German language skills (or willingness to
acquire those quickly) is certainly an advantage for teaching
undergraduate courses. SCUBA diving license, bioinformatics/computer
programming or molecular skills are a bonus but not mandatory.

• Support the Chair of Paleontology & Geobiology in research and teaching
• Develop own research projects that supplement the themes of the
research group
• Acquire third-party funding through national and/or international
funding agencies
• Teach courses in the Bachelor and Masters Programs in Geosciences
(various geo- & paleobiology topics) for 5 hours per week
• Participate in the academic self-administration

The position is intended for further qualification (German
"Habilitation") and is available for 2 times three years (starting from
01.07.2011). If the "Habilitation" is successfully completed after the
first of six years, the position can be extended for another four years,
depending on performance. The position will be paid according to the
German public servant salary scheme A13 ("Beamtenbesoldung",
Akademischer Rat auf Zeit).

Application: Send application including CV, Publication list, PDFs of
your three most significant publications, a maximum one-page research
statement, and details of 2 referees in a single PDF document (only) by
email to Mrs. Monika Brinkrolf (Secretary):
m.brinkrolf(at) Application deadline is March 31,
2011. Informal enquiries about the position may be directed to Prof. Dr.
Gert Wörheide (woerheide(at)

The Department of Earth- and Environmental Sciences (Section
Palaeontology & Geobiology) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
offers an excellent multidisciplinary research environment, one of its
particular strength being due to the close interaction between
Geosciences and the Biological Faculty in the framework of the
GeoBio-CenterLMU ().

The LMU Munich is the leading research university in Germany, with a
more than 500-year-long tradition, and builds upon its success in the
Excellence Initiative, a Germany-wide competition promoting top-level
university research. Munich has also been repeatedly voted Germany's
most livable city.

The LMU Munich is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and
has an affirmative action policy for the disabled.

Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide
Molecular Geo- & Palaeobiology
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences & GeoBio-CenterLMU
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
Richard-Wagner-Straße 10
80333 Muenchen

Phone: +49 (89) 2180-6718
Fax: +49 (89) 2180-6601
E-Mail: |

Director, Bavarian State Collections of Palaeontology and Geology
Spokesman of the Executive Board, GeoBio-CenterLMU

Lab publications:

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