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The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) has recently been founded by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, and additional partners. It is funded by the Federal State of Hesse through its Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). The mission of the Centre is to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change at the organism level.
The Project Area A “Evolution and Climate” invites applications for a PostDoc Position “Phylogenetic Diversification and Climate Change in the Cenozoic”
We are looking for a scientist with a strong research focus at the interface of biology, geography and informatics. The successful applicant will cooperate with various groups of biologists and palaeontologists working on the reconstruction of phylogenetic trees with traditional and molecular methods. She or he will be responsible for data standardisation and assessment, and accomplish modelling of current and past eco- and climate space of different plant and animal groups. The successful applicant will be in charge of organizing advanced training courses.
Participation in university teaching and an active role in the acquisition of external funds is highly desired.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in biology, geography, bioinformatics, informatics or in another relevant subject and have a strong publication record. Expertise in the following areas is expected: modelling approaches (e.g. ecological niche modelling, reconstruction of habitat suitability, also in the past), geographic information systems (GIS), data management and statistics. Experience in programming is desired. Very good written and oral communication skills in English and the interest in joining a multidisciplinary team are required. Knowledge of German would be an advantage, and at least the willingness to learn basic German is required. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (BAT IIa, approx. € 58.800 gross per annum).
The Research Centre BiK-F advocates gender equality. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference.
The contract shall start as soon as possible and will be restricted to 24 months. Review of the applications starts March 16th 2009 and will continue until the position is filled. The duty station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Please send your application by e-mail, including
1) a cover letter outlining relevant background and work experience,
2) a full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications,
3) copies of educational certificates,
4) names and addresses of two referees,
to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. V. Mosbrugger, Scientific Coordinator Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Senckenberganlage 25, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. E-mail to Service and Finances: email@example.com.
For enquiries about the position and the contract conditions please write to Prof. Dr. B. Stribrny (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) and for scientific enquiries to Prof. Dr. Annette Klussmann-Kolb (E-mail: Klussmann-Kolb@bio.uni-frankfurt.de) or Dr. Alexandra Muellner (E-mail: email@example.com).