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Senior Post-Doctoral Position (m/f/d) in Plant Ecology

Department of Plant Ecology

The Department of Plant Ecology (Working Group Functional and Tropical Plant Ecology, Prof. Dr. Engelbrecht) at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, offers a

Senior Post-Doctoral Position (m/f/d) in Plant Ecology  

The full-time position is initially offered for 3 years, extendable after evaluation for up to 3 years.

The research group examines the mechanisms determining plant distribution patterns and the composition and diversity of plant communities. Various aspects of how abiotic and biotic factors influence species’ performance, distribution patterns and diversity are investigated, and considered in the context of global climate change. The group is part of the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER) with more than 60 senior researchers and postdocs.

The position offers the opportunity to develop an own research and teaching profile (including habilitation at the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences, University of Bayreuth). Development of new research proposals and publication of high-quality original scientific research are expected. The teaching load is 5 hours per week. Teaching will be in German and/or English primarily in the B.Sc. Biology and the M.Sc. Biodiversity and Ecology programs at the University Bayreuth. The candidate will also support the coordination of research and teaching in the group.

Candidate’s qualifications: (1) Doctoral or PhD degree in Plant Ecology or a related field, (2) knowledge and experience in plant functional and/or physiological ecology, (3) experience in designing, conducting and analyzing experimental field research, (4) a strong publication record, (5) good oral and written communication (English is required, German a plus), (6) skills and desire to collaborate and interact with other scientists.

The position is offered in the civil servant category of 'Akademischer Rat auf Zeit, A13', or in salary group 13 TV-L.  The hiring requirements are set according to the Bavarian University Personnel Act.

The University of Bayreuth offers an excellent health support program, a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours and various opportunities for professional and personal development.

The University of Bayreuth values the diversity of its employees as an enrichment and expressly commits to the goal of gender equality. Female scientists are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.


Please submit your application materials (CV, list of publications and teaching experience, a statement of research interests, as well as contact information for three references) online via the application portal of the University of Bayreuth, stating the password 'Plant Ecology'. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The review process will start in 22 August 2022.

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

For questions regarding the advertised position, please contact Prof. Dr. Engelbrecht: bettina.engelbrecht@uni-bayreuth.de