Research Associate for the project “Exploring genomic methods for delimiting species in radiations of terrestrial snails” University of Hamburg, Center of Natural History Germany

Faculty/Departement /Biology
Seminar/Institute Center of Natural History

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project “Exploring
genomic methods for delimiting species in radiations of terrestrial snails” in accordance with
Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz,
HmbHG). The position commences earliest on 1.12.2017.

It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 65 % 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 term is fixed
for a period of 3 years.

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,


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue
independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

The doctoral student will study the evolutionary history of land snail radiations and evaluate
and optimize different genomic approaches for delimiting closely related species, both with regard
to laboratory and analytical methods, within the framework of the DFG SPP 1991 TaxonOMICS.
Field work and the conservation of material also pertains to the duties.


A university degree in a relevant field. The candidate should be experienced with molecular biological
methods and preferentially also with "next generation sequencing" techniques and data
analyses or a programming language (Perl, Python, R, etc.). The project requires analytical
thinking and good English skills (German language skills are not absolutely necessary, the
working language is English).

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


* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.

For further information, please contact Prof. Bernhard Hausdorf.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s).
The application deadline is October 15, 2017. Please send applications to: Prof. Bernhard
Hausdorf (

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