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Department of Plant Ecology (Working Group Functional and Tropical Plant Ecology)

The Department of Plant Ecology

Application deadline:

The Department of Plant Ecology (Working Group Functional and Tropical Plant Ecology, Prof. Dr. Engelbrecht) at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, offers a

Scientist/Senior Post-Doctoral Position in Plant Ecology (m/f/d)

The full-time position is initially offered for 3 years, extendable after evaluation for up to 3 years.

The research group examines the mechanisms determining plant distribution patterns and the composition and diversity of plant communities. Various aspects of how abiotic and biotic factors influence species’ performance, distribution patterns and diversity are investigated, and considered in the context of global climate change. The group is part of the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER) with more than 60 senior researchers and postdocs.

The position offers the opportunity to develop an own research and teaching profile (including habilitation at the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences, University of Bayreuth). Development of new research proposals and publication of high-quality original scientific research are expected. The teaching load is 5 hours per week. Teaching will be in German and/or English primarily in the B.Sc. Biology and the M.Sc. Biodiversity and Ecology programs at the University Bayreuth. The candidate will also support the coordination of research and teaching in the group.

Candidate’s qualifications: (1) Doctoral or PhD degree in Plant Ecology or a related field, (2) knowledge and experience in plant physiological ecology, (3) experience in designing, conducting and analyzing experimental field research, (4) a strong publication record, (5) good oral and written communication (English is required, German a plus), (6) skills and desire to collaborate and interact with other scientists.

The position is offered in the civil servant category of 'Akademischer Rat auf Zeit, A13', or in salary group 13 TV-L. The general administrative requirements according to the 'Bayerische Hochschulpersonalgesetz' apply.

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club “Family at University”. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.


Your application

Please submit your application materials  (CV, list of publications and teaching experience, a statement of research interests, as well as contact information for three references) online via the application portal of the University of Bayreuth, stating the password "Plant Physiological Ecology". Applications will be accepted until 30 January 2022, or until the position is filled.

In accordance with data protection requirements the applications documents will be deleted after the position has been filled.

For questions regarding the advertised position, please contact Prof. Dr. Engelbrecht: bettina.engelbrecht@uni-bayreuth.de