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Senior Research Associate (m/f/d) in Plant Systematics

The Plant Systematics research group of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences

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The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Plant Systematics research group of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences is currently seeking to appoint a

Senior Research Associate (m/f/d) in Plant Systematics 

at pay grade A13 (100%) to commence in October 2024.

We seek a candidate with an excellent research and teaching record in the evolution and phylogenetic relationships of vascular plants at the organism level. Research on the evolution and systematics of vascular plants, on organismic interaction, e.g. with fungi or pollinators, or on integrative taxonomy, molecular phylogenetics, phylogeography, or macroevolution of plants would be an asset. Collection-based biodiversity research is also possible (e.g., at the herbarium UBT). Methodological expertise in state-of-the-art methods and associated bioinformatic and statistical approaches is expected, as is a sound field-based knowledge of plant diversity.

Teaching responsibilities (10 hours per semester) in plant systematics and the evolution and diversity of plants include first year modules in plant diversity and evolution in the bachelor’s programme Biology, as well as modules in the teacher education programme and master’s programme Biodiversity & Ecology. Willingness to conduct field courses and excursions that teach the diversity of plants is expected as is the ability to teach in German and English (for non-native German speakers, a C1 proficiency level is expected after three years).

We invite applications from candidates with proven publication impact and expertise and teaching experience in plant systematics and the evolution and diversity of plants. Experience with funding-acquisition is advantageous. A willingness to contribute to inter-disciplinary collaboration in the Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER) is expected.

In addition to the general administrative requirements, prerequisites for this position are a university degree, proven excellence in teaching, and the ability to carry out scholarly research (generally demonstrated by the quality of the applicant’s doctoral research). A post-doctoral qualification to teach at a professorial level (Habilitation) or equivalent scholarly achievements would be advantageous.

If you have worked full-time in a relevant field for at least two years after obtaining a doctorate or after passing a second state examination, you can be employed as a senior research associate on a probationary or permanent civil service basis (salary group A 13). If the personal and formal requirements for this are not met, you can also be employed as a senior research associate on a fixed-term civil service basis for an initial period of three years. After a positive evaluation, the position can then be converted into a civil servant position on a probationary or permanent civil service basis.

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club Family at University, and it offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.


Your application

Please apply online with relevant application documents (CV, outlining education and academic career, list of publications, a short research statement on max. two pages, experience obtaining external funding, teaching statement on max. one page, or list of courses taught including any evaluations, as well as relevant diplomas and certificates) by 1 July 2024 with reference to the keyword “Plant Systematics” via application portal University of Bayreuth.
Application documents will be deleted in accordance with data protection law following the conclusion of the appointment process.

Applicants are welcome to direct questions and requests for further information to Dr. Nicolai Nürk (nuerk@uni-bayreuth.de, Tel. +49 921/ 55-2459)