Research Associate in Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences/ Biology University of Hamburg, Biozentrum Grindel, Zoologisches Institute Germany

Faculty/Departement Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences/ Biology

Seminar/Institute Biozentrum Grindel, Zoologisches Institute

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate in accordance with Section
28 subsection 1 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz,
HmbHG). The position commences on November 1st 2017 (earliest starting date).

It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 50% of standard work hours per week.*
The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labor
Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The initial fixed term is three

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly
encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference
in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,


Associates will be expected primarily to conduct and teach research. The associate will have the
opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At
least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the associate's own academic

Specific Duties:

The group focus on global biodiversity and evolutionary genomics of freshwater zooplankton
(Daphnia), using next-generation sequencing data. In particular, we work on a species
belonging to a species complex and hybridizing with at least two other very similar species. The
doctoral project focuses primarily on establishing a genomic linkage map of Daphnia galeata
based on data currently generated from single gamete sequencing. This linkage map will be
used to refine a genome assembly and compared to data available for other Daphnia and/or
arthropod species. Another endeavour is analysing the hybridisation dynamics in northern
german lakes from resting egg banks. Futhermore, the candidate is encouraged to develop
specific projects of her or his own choice as long as they include mining this data and are
conducted in collaboration with other members of the group. The current position comprises a
teaching duty of 2SWS, to be conducted within the Biology department in pre-existing teaching
modules (general biology, population genetics, introduction to bioinformatic).



A university degree in a relevant field. Biology, Bioinformatics
* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.

The candidate should:

- have a strong background in evolutionary biology / molecular ecology and be familiar with
bioinformatics methods. In addition, knowledge of population genetics will be advantageous.
- be familiar with at least one of these scripting languages: python, perl, C++, R
- be creative, critical and have conceptual thinking skills.
- have good communication and writing abilities in English.
- be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The working language of the group is English, willingness to learn German is necessary to allow
a better integration/communication in the institute and in daily life.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


For further information, please contact Jun. Prof. Dr. Mathilde Cordellier or consult our website

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s).
The application deadline is October 20th, 2017. Please send applications to:

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