An academic Group Leader position is available in the context of several new hirings within the Division of Systematic & Evolutionary Botany embedded within the Department of Botany & Biodiversity Research of the Faculty of Life Sciences. Building on its broad and long-standing expertise, the Department is currently aiming to strengthen its research focus on the ecological & evolutionary genomics of plant adaptation, speciation, and species diversification / radiation, including the formation of
plant species ranges and evolution of biotic interactions in rapidly changing environments. We are hence looking for a person with experience in the use of current DNA / RNA sequencing technologies to address fundamental questions in evolutionary biology and / or biogeography. This includes a keen interest in integrative approaches towards understanding the origin, maintenance, and functioning of biological diversity.
Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week. Salary grading in accordance with relevant
work experience (collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b, postdoc).
Job Description: Participation in research, teaching and administration – Participation in
research projects – International publication and presentation activities – Preparation of
high-quality external (third-party) research grant applications – Preparation / Finalization
of a (publishable) habilitation – Giving classes in accordance with country-wide university
regulations – Examination activities – Supervision / mentoring of students.
Doctoral degree in biology or equivalent field / Focus on molecular evolutionary
biology or biogeography of plants – Experience in population genetics, evolutionary
genomics, and/or systems biology, especially the use of current DNA / RNA sequencing
technology – Excellent written and oral communication skills in English – Computer
literacy, including experience with Unix / Linux based analysis software and R – Ability to
work in teams – Experience in teaching / experience in e-learning – Experience in
external (third-party) fundraising. Duration of the contract: 6 years.
To apply: Your application must include the following documents: motivation letter (<1
page)- Scientific CV – List of publications – Draft of research interests / habilitation project
– Contact details of three references. Please see full job description and submit your
application via the website of the Job Center at the University of Vienna
(; email: [email protected]) no later than 01.02.2016,
mentioning job reference no. 6252. For more information please contact: Christian
Lexer, [email protected] and [email protected]

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