The research group for Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics of Prof. Bornberg-Bauer at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the following position as soon as possible after May 2020:

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
Salary level 13 TV-L / 100%

The regular weekly working hours for a 100% position are currently 39 hours and 50 minutes. Tenure is for two years.

Research area
The candidate will work in close collaboration with experimental and theoretical groups from within Germany and across Europe. The project is part of the DFG funded So-long research unit, FOR 2281, which includes 8 groups from across Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands (see FOR2281 so-long,

The successful candidate will study the genomic signatures of THE HALLMARKS OF AGEING IN SOCIAL INSECTS and how the trade-off between ageing and fertility has been uniquely overcome in reproductives (queens, kings) of social insect species. This project will include the analysis of genomic, transcriptomic and epigenetic data from several insect groups with the aim of deciphering commonalities and specificities among different origins of insect sociality, e.g. ants, termites and bees, in comparison to solitary species.

Required background and skill set
We are looking for a postdoc who is enthusiastic about joining the project area of insect genomics and the evolution of sociality in insects. S/he will work computationally and, accordingly, must have excellent skills in bioinformatics, such as scripting in Python (or any similar language) and experience in working with large OMICS-data sets, preferentially from insects. S/he should be keen to and capable of working in a highly international and interdisciplinary environment. Therefore, excellent language skills in English are essential. The Bornberglab hosts scientists from across the world working in a highly interdisciplinary environment with a mix of computational and experimental projects. Successful post holders will have plenty of opportunities for furthering their skills, communicating work at international venues and supervising students pursuing other projects. Excellent communication skills and a proven ability to handle multiple collaborations are an advantage.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of female academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications from women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Application procedure
Applicants should send a brief CV (pdf attachment, max. 2 pages) detailing in reverse chronological order: biographical information, scientific career, education, special relevant skills, publications, names of two prospective referees and a short specific statement of research interest by 07 February 2020 to:

Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer
Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Münster
Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity
Research group Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics
Hüfferstraße 1, 48149 Münster