Director (m/f/d) of the Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Application deadline:

The University of Bayreuth with its welcoming campus is one of the largest employers in the region. A vacancy has arisen from 01.07.2023 for the position of

Director (m/f/d) of the Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is a scientific institute centrally located at the University of Bayreuth. As an interdisciplinary scientific institute, it focuses on botany, ecology, and biodiversity in teaching, research, and public education.

Responsibilities:

  • Independent scientific and administrative management of the Botanical Garden
  • Budgetary and personnel responsibility for approx. 35 employees
  • Involvement in teaching
  • Carrying out research projects, also in cooperation, particularly within the University
  • Implementation and further development of the Garden's public education work
  • Networking with the Botanical Garden’s scientific community
  • Involvement in and cooperation with the "Freundeskreis ÖBG e. V." support association

Your Profile: 

  • University degree with a doctorate, preferably in a subject area within the life sciences or earth sciences
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Teaching and research experience
  • Organisational and social skills
  • Communication, teamwork, and cooperation skills
  • Initiative and willingness to take action
  • An understanding of project management
  • Experience in public education work would be an asset
  • Very good written and spoken German and English skills


The employee will be hired in the career track of "akademische Räte"; transfer is possible up to A16. The age limit for an initial appointment as a civil servant is 45 years. If the requirements under civil service law are not met, a position pursuant to TV-L may also be considered.

What we offer:

  • Interesting, multifaceted work in a university environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Occupational health management
  • Friendly and constructive working environment
  • Compatibility between work and family life


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. 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.


Please apply online with detailed application documents including a motivation letter on the topic "How do you imagine the further development of the Botanical Garden at the University of Bayreuth?" (max. 1 page or max. 2,500 characters incl. spaces) by 20 March 2023, stating the reference "Leitung ÖBG" via our online application platform. In accordance with data protection requirements, the documents will be deleted once the position has been filled.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr. Nicole Kaiser (kanzlerin@uni-bayreuth.de; phone: 0921/55-5210) or Director of the Botanical Garden Dr. Gregor Aas (gregor.aas@uni-bayreuth.de; phone: 0921/55-2960).