Under the Directorate General of the „Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (SNSB)“
we invite applications for a

postdoctoral researcher position

at „Zoologische Staatssammlung München“ (SNSB-ZSM) (www.zsm.mwn.de) beginning 1. November 2017 or to be negotiated

Subject: Biogeography and Evolution in the Melanesian Archipelago

  • within the DFG-funded project “An integrative approach to systematics and evolution of Trigonopterus, a hyperdiverse genus of flightless weevils from Southeast Asia and the West Pacific (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)”.
  • This is a collaborative project between the Balke lab at SNSB-ZSM and Alexander Riedel (SMNK, Karlsruhe). Our model system is a genus of Melanesian weevils for which we have a large data foundation already, which we will build on, as well as expand further.

Responsibilities include, among others:

  • independent work in the DNA lab (i.e. processing of samples, DNA extraction, Sanger-sequencing, sample storage).
  • independent processing of sequence data
  • comparative analyses, together with other team members
  • collaborative work on joint manuscripts
  • if possible, participation in field-work

Employment qualifications:

  • PhD in biology or in a relevant subject, e.g. evolutionary biology, entomology, ecology etc.
  • excellent command of English
  • profound knowledge of molecular systematics
  • ability to collaborate within and outside our research group
  • high motivation and ability to work under pressure
  • willingness to travel, e.g. for periodical stays at the Riedel lab in Karlsruhe, or abroad for field work

The following qualifications would be desirable:

  • valid driver´s license
  • knowledge of Linux computer systems
  • command of R
  • basic knowledge of NGS sequencing and bioinformatics

What we are offering:

  • Salary is according to paygrade TV-L E13 (100%) in the German Public Service scheme granted the presence of employment qualifications.
  • opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects.
  • The ZSM is one of the largest natural history research museums in Germany.
  • The combination of classical museum work and various cutting-edge approaches at ZSM attracts researchers and students of all levels, resulting in a vibrant atmosphere.

More information: http://zsm-entomology.de/wiki/Coleoptera

This position is limited to a two-year period.

The ZSM advocates gender equality. Women are therefore encouraged to apply.
Disabled people with largely equal qualifications will be favored.

Please send your (preferably electronic) application with the relevant documents (motivation letter, CV, two reference letters, copies of certificates, up to five relevant reprints) to

Zoologische Staatssammlung, Dr. Michael Balke, Münchhausenstr. 21, 81247 München
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Application deadline: 30. September 2017. Only applications arriving until this date will be considered.

Notice: Application documents can only be returned if desired and expressly requested.
Otherwise, all documents will be destroyed with the conclusion of the selection

Unfortunately, costs arising from the application process cannot be reimbursed.




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