Postdoc in Tübingen, Germany

Kathi Foerster has asked me to pass on details of a job in her group.

See below:


Research Associate in Evolutionary Genetics

University of Tübingen, Institute of Evolution and Ecology, Group of Comparative Zoology

The research group of Katharina Foerster seeks a highly motivated team-oriented researcher with a strong background in molecular ecology, evolutionary genetics and/or population genetics. The person appointed is expected to lead the DNA lab, participate in ongoing projects, develop an independent research programme, teach (4 hours/week and semester) and supervise bachelor and master students.

The candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of biology, a strong postdoctoral research record in one or more of the above named fields, and good skills in statistics. He/she  will be involved in the startup of new research projects. Self-motivation and the willingness to work effectively and flexibly within a multi-disciplinary team will be essential. The working language in the lab will be English. However, for everyday life at the University and in Tübingen a willingness to learn German will be advantageous.

The newly established Chair of Comparative Zoology at the University of Tübingen will combine molecular genetic analyses with life history, behavioural, physiological, and morphological data collected in wild populations of various species to investigate the forces that may maintain genetic diversity in the wild. Our interests focus on behavioural ecology, molecular ecology, population genetics and quantitative genetics. Currently, we plan to establish two new long-term projects on harvest mice and on alpine newts, but we are open to include other types of organisms.

We are part of the Institute of Evolution and Ecology, a young and lively mix of experts ranging from vegetation ecologists to animal physiologists. This institute is a founding member of the recently established Evolution & Ecology platform EvE. Eve unites scientists working in the broad field of evolution and ecology in Tübingen, and it organises joint research and teaching, scientific meetings and public events. This environment offers excellent opportunities for professional feedback and interdisciplinary collaborations.

This is a fixed-term position, available from 01. October 2010 for 4 years, with option for extension. The salary will be according to a public service position in Germany (TV-L 13).

Applications will be reviewed from August 23, 2010 until the position is filled.

Please contact us for any further information:

To apply, please send an email with a single file attachment including your CV, a short description of your research interests and research experience (including a list of methods you are familiar with), and names and email addresses of 2-3 references who could be contacted to:

Professor Katharina Foerster  at

Tübingen is situated in Southern Germany between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb, not far from Stuttgart. The charming university town of 87,000 inhabitants and 22,000 students combines the flair of a restored medieval old town with the colourful bustle and typical atmosphere of a young and cosmopolitan students’ community. Tübingen features numerous cafes, beer gardens, restaurants and pubs as well as an active music and theatre scene.

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