iDiv (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig)
is a world-leading institute for integrative biodiversity research. Its central
mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in integrative biodiversity research. The concept of iDiv encompasses the detection of
biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity
under global change. iDiv is established as an institution in Leipzig and is
run by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Friedrich Schiller
University Jena (FSU) and Leipzig University (UL) – in cooperation with the
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). The science consortium
is enhanced by the expertise of many research institutes (Max Planck Society,
Leibniz Association) and by specifc member research groups.
Integrated in iDiv, the Leipzig University offers the following position as soon
Junior Research Group Leader
“Evolution & Adaptation”
(initially limited until September 30, 2020)
Salary: up to Entgeltgruppe 15 TV-L, subject to personal qualifcations
We are searching for a research scientist with excellent qualifcations in evolutionary biological research. Principally, we are looking for an enthusiastic
junior researcher using empirical approaches, such as feld observations or
manipulations, mesocosm/lab experiments coupled with genomic analyses,
to address evolutionary questions in a clear biodiversity context. Successful
candidates are expected to develop an independent research program and have
the explicit ambition to pursue a career in science. The candidate should have
a strong intention to collaborate with biodiversity researchers from a wide
variety of research felds within and beyond iDiv.
Tasks: The applicant will conduct independent, interdisciplinary research
in a biodiversity related evolutionary research topic. The function includes
coordination of the junior group’s research efforts, supervision of PhD students and technicians, obtaining additional independent research funding (e.g.
DFG, European Union), publications of research in international, high-ranking
scientifc journals, communication with collaboration partners within and outside iDiv, and the successful alignment of the group’s research activities with
iDiv’s mission. Moreover, the junior group leader is expected to contribute
actively to teaching activities in yDiv, iDiv’s young biodiversity scientists’
Requirements: Suitable applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in natural sciences or a closely related feld, and circa 2-5 years of independent postdoctoral research experience. They should demonstrate an excellent
scientifc track record, evidenced by several publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and successful acquisition of independent funding. Experience
with student supervision and administrational or organizational activities are
Funding will be provided for the position of the group leader, 1 PhD student
and a technician, running costs and a start-up package. The new junior research
group will be – together with the already existing iDiv core groups – housed
in a state-of-the-art building on the “Alte Messe” area in Leipzig. The appointment of the candidate and the group members will be via the University
The position is initially limited until September 30, 2020 with prolongation dependent upon successful renewal of DFG funding for iDiv as a research centre
and positive evaluation of the junior group.
Applications with reference fle number 177/2017 are accepted via our application portal under apply.idiv.de. Applications should contain a CV - including information on acquired funding - a publication list indicating how
publications relate to the candidate’s research program, a research statement
- including a short statement on how candidate’s proposed research program
matches with current iDiv research - of maximum 2 A4 sides, and the names
and full addresses of two references. We prefer applications via our application
portal, hard copy applications can be sent to German Centre for Integrative
Biodiversity Research – iDiv; Dr. Rebecca Thier-Lange; Deutscher Platz 5e;
The deadline for application submission is 24 August 2017. For queries on the
application process, please contact Dr. Rebecca Thier-Lange ( Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Joanna Hanzel ( Joanna.email@example.com).
Applying via email is questionable under data protection law. The sender
assumes full responsibility.
Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.
TENURE-TRACK PROFESSOR IN GLOBAL
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Position Description: The Department of Organismic and
Evolutionary Biology seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in
Global Change Ecology, with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems
at physiological, population, community, or ecosystem levels from
ecological or evolutionary ecology perspectives. We are especially
interested in individuals who conduct rigorous observational and/
or experimental work in the Held and/or lab that advances our
understanding of how climate change, land transformation, and
species interactions, introductions or extinctions are affecting
terrestrial ecosystems at local, regional and global scales. In
addition, we would be interested in individuals who are advancing
our understanding of how to conserve biodiversity in natural
and human-dominated landscapes, the role of biodiversity in the
maintenance of ecosystem services, and the dynamics of coupled
human-natural systems. Successful candidates will be expected to
develop an innovative research program and contribute to teaching
at the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in the areas of
ecology, conservation biology or global climate change. Applications
from, or information about, female and minority candidates are
especially encouraged. The department has strong linkages to a
number of allied departments and institutions, including the Dept.
of Earth and Planetary Science, Harvard Forest, Arnold Arboretum,
Harvard University Herbaria, Harvard Museum of Comparative
Zoology, and Harvard Center for the Environment. The appointment
is expected to begin on July 1, 2018.
Basic Qualifcations: Doctorate in Ecology or related discipline
required by the time the appointment begins.
Additional Qualifcations: Demonstrated strong commitment to
teaching is desired.
Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials
through the ARIeS portal ( http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/
postings/7705). Candidates are encouraged to apply by October,
1, 2017; applications will be reviewed until the position is Hlled.
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching statement (describing teaching approach and
4. Research statement
5. Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will
be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of
recommendation once the candidate’s application has been
submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and
the application is considered complete only when at least three
letters have been received.
6. Publications or copies of creative works, if applicable.
Contact Information: Prof. Paul Moorcroft, Search Committee,
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of
Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Contact Email: Paul Moorcroft c/o Damari Rosado (damari_
Harvard is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualifed
applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status,
or any other characteristic protected by law.