45,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster (WWU). Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers from throughout Germany and around the world.

The research group for Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics lead by Prof Bornberg-Bauer in the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 100%)


for an externally DFG funded project and starting at the earliest possible date. We are offering this fixedterm full-time (TV-L E13) for 36 months. The postdoc position will be based in either Münster (Bornberg group) or Frankfurt (Feldmeyer group).


Your tasks:

  • collaboration on the externally funded project
  • studying the role and mechanisms of protein evolution in the course of the evolution of social complexity
  • investigate the genomic basis of convergent slave-maker evolution in ants


Our expectations:

  • a PhD in the natural sciences and research experience in a biological area OR
  • a PhD in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics or bioinformatics with experience and/or the desire to excel in a biological area
  • advanced skills in statistics and/or programming
  • experience working in international collaborations
  • very good organisational skills, motivation and a proven ability to carry out research independently  within an international and interdisciplinary team
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including oral and written fluency in English


Advantages for you:

  • Appreciation, commitment, openness and respect – values which are important to us.
  • Our broad range of diverse work-time models offers great flexibility – even when working from home.
  • If you have family members or young children in your care, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities.
  • As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering occupational training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs.
  • From A – Z, Aikido to Zumba, our sport and health programmes ensure a healthy work-life balance.
  • As a university employee, you are entitled to numerous benefits afforded to public servants, e.g. an attractive company pension scheme (VBL), an annual end-of-year bonus and a position that is shielded from economic fluctuations.


The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. Part-time options are generally available.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

Further information can be found on If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anna Kersting (

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 15 December 2023.

Please send your application electronically in PDF format to

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