The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with an internationally competitive and interdisciplinary profile in research and teaching, including the fields of ecology and environmental sciences, as well as molecular biosciences. At the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences of the University, a new director will be installed at the Chair of Ecological Microbiology in spring 2019, with Prof. Dr. Tillmann Lüders (formerly Helmholtz München) appointed as of April 2019. In order to support the activities of the chair in research and teaching, the following position will be available from 01.04.2019

Lecturer / Research Associate (Akademische Rätin auf Zeit / Akademischer Rat auf Zeit)

for an initial term of service of three years.

The Department of Ecological Microbiology investigates fundamental questions about the control of biogeochemical and ecological processes within complex microbiomes in terrestrial habitats. Our research is focussed on topics such as groundwater microbiology, the degradation of pollutants in the water cycle, and the ecology of microbial biofilms in the subsurface. Our work is based on innovative combinations of fine-scale biogeochemical analysis, quantitative microbiology, next-generation sequencing, and the detection of stable isotopes in biomarkers.

Your tasks: We are looking for a highly motivated scientist who will complement our team and our research topics in an exciting way. The position to be filled requires dedicated, self-responsible participation in an interactive team. The tasks in research and teaching include in particular:

  • Development of own research topics and methodological competences within the chair
  • Acquisition of third-party funds from national and European funding institutions
  • Implementation and management of own research projects
  • Taking on teaching duties (lectures, exercises, etc.) amounting to currently 5 credit hours [SWS] in the fields of Environmental Microbiology and Molecular Ecology, in German and in English
  • The position also supports further academic qualification, for example through a habilitation

Your profile: You have a PhD in the field of Ecological Microbiology and have completed your studies with very good results. In one of the topics described above, you can demonstrate profound research experience and relevant publications. Good skills in metagenomics and transcriptomics are of benefit. You already have experience in teaching, in the acquisition of research funds and in the guidance of research projects.

We offer: a multifaceted occupation, creative freedom and personal responsibility. We will support your professional and personal development. The Chair provides a modern, well-equipped and diverse Environmental Microbiological research infrastructure. The working atmosphere is characterized by a culture of active participation and interdisciplinary interaction.

Remuneration: the successful applicant will be enrolled as a civil servant (paygrade A13), for an initial period of three years. An extension of the non-tenured civil service relationship by another three years is principally possible.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference if equally qualified. The University of Bayreuth aims to increase the proportion of women in its staff and particularly invites applications from female scientists.

Please send your detailed application (cover letter, CV, list of publications, teaching experience, certificates, research and teaching interests, 2 reference persons) exclusively by e-mail and in a single PDF file (max 20 MB) to: until 15.02.2019. Inquiries in advance are gladly received by e-mail or by phone on +49 (0) 921 555 641 (Mrs. M. Nützel).

Link to UBT job offer.


Application deadline:
Start date: Open until filled
Location: University of Bayreuth, Germany