Post-Doc Position (w/m/d)

Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz-Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere (ZFMK), Bonn

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity Research, advertises a

Post-Doc Position (w/m/d) (E13 TV-L, 100%)

for insect DNA barcoding. The position is full-time and runs for 36 months, intended starting date August 1, 2020. Under the guidance of scientists from the Center for Taxonomy and Evolutionary Research (zte) and the Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research (zmb), the post-doc will work in the BMBF-funded project GBOL III: Dark Taxa (German Barcode of Life). A technical assistant, four PhD students, a biodiversity informatics programmer and a project coordinator complement the team.

Focus of the postdoc will be the development of new techniques for a streamlined and optimized non-destructive DNA-based barcoding of insects (especially Diptera and Hymenoptera) from old collection material and tiny samples. Besides classical PCR-based methods, anchored hybrid enrichment will be one of the approaches to be used in this project. Furthermore, the bioinformatic downstream analyses of Sanger sequences and NGS datasets will be part of the work package. While the technical assistant partially supports the laboratory work of the postdoc, the PhDs will have their main role in collection-based work.

Your profile:

  • PhD in Biology (or related field)
  • Laboratory experience in molecular biology (DNA isolation, PCR, NGS libraries) and a strong motivation to develop new approaches
  • Experience with anchored-hybrid enrichment or related methods is highly welcome
  • Taxonomic expertise with insects is welcome
  • Good knowledge in bioinformatic analysis of DNA sequence data, theory of phylogenetics and DNA-based taxonomy
  • Excellent communication skills in English, the working language in our Institute
  • Working responsibly in a well organized way
  • Being able to work efficiently in a team

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of three natural history research museums in the Leibniz Association and a lead institute in the documentation, research, and interpretation of animal biodiversity. The combination of classical museum work and various cutting-edge approaches with a modern molecular laboratory at the Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research and a state-of-the-art high-performance computing cluster offers a highly motivating and stimulating research environment. For more information about the museum see www.leibniz-zfmk.de.

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter that outlines your motivation, relevant skills, experience and research interests
  2. A detailed CV with list of publications
  3. Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD certificates
  4. Contact details of two academic references

Salary and benefits are equivalent to a public service position for three years at level TV-L E13, 100%. The intended starting date is August 1, 2020.

Please submit your application electronically as a single PDF file until July 5th, 2020 to Mrs. Heike Lenz: h.lenz(at)leibniz-zfmk.de.

Questions concerning the project may be directed to Dr. Ralph S. Peters (r.peters(at)leibniz-zfmk.de) and Dr. Lars Podsiadlowski (l.podsiadlowski(at)leibniz-zfmk.de).

The ZFMK advocates gender equality and women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is Bonn, Germany.