The research group for Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics in the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the following position

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E13, 100%)

The starting date, while flexible, should be early 2021. The regular weekly working hours for a full-time, 100% position are currently 39 hours and 50 minutes. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as a part-time position, if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.
This fixed-term post is available for a 3-year period, with the possibility of an extension of 3 years.

The teaching load is 4 hours per week for a full time position.

The successful applicant will work in the area of computational and/or theoretical molecular biophysics and/or biochemistry.

The expected tasks include:

  • the analysis and construction of biological data sets to reconstruct past evolutionary events of genes, genomes and proteins
  • the application and design of computational methods for analyzing quantitative experimental data for characterizing molecular fitness landscapes
  • stochastic and/or analytic analysis of dynamic evolutionary events such as gene/transcript loss and gain or artificial populations
  • collaboration and help in coordinating larger research consortia related to genome and protein evolution
  • supervision of students and help in teaching related courses at the BSc, MSc and PhD level, including mathematical and computational methods related to evolution.

The successful candidate will be encouraged and expected to build up their own related, research agenda in order to apply for additional funding.

Required background and skills set
The candidate should have a PhD in the natural sciences, preferably in chemistry, bioinformatics, physics or mathematics and proven research experience in one, or several, of the following areas: biophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, theoretical or mathematical biology. Experience in handling biological data and comprehensive proficiency in modelling and simulation are expected as is international research experience and proven publication and presentation records in English. German language skills are not a requirement, but a willingness to learn is desirable.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of female academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Application procedure
Applicants should send a brief CV (via email, in a PDF attachment, max. 2 pages) detailing in reverse chronological order: biographical information, scientific career, education, special relevant skills, publications (or submittable manuscripts), the names and contact details of two prospective referees and a short specific statement of research interests. Applications must be submitted by 09 October 2020 to:

Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity
Research group Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics
Huefferstrasse 1, 48149 Muenster