Job Announcement
Universität Hamburg, Biozentrum Grindel, Molekulare Evolutionsbiologie

PhD position in evolutionary genomics

Application deadline: 20.10.2017

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a PhD position in evolutionary genomics (Research Associate). Earliest starting date is November 1st 2017. It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 50% of standard work hours per week. The initial fixed term is three years.

Associates will be expected primarily to conduct research and teach. The associate will have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the associate's own academic work.

Specific Duties:
The group focuses on global biodiversity and evolutionary genomics of freshwater zooplankton (Daphnia), using next-generation sequencing data. In particular, we work on a species belonging to a species complex and hybridizing with at least two other very similar species. The doctoral project focuses primarily on establishing a genomic linkage map of Daphnia galeata based on data currently generated from single gamete sequencing. This linkage map will be used to refine a genome assembly and compared to data available for other Daphnia and/or arthropod species. Another endeavour is analyzing the hybridization dynamics in northern German lakes from resting egg banks. Furthermore, the candidate is encouraged to develop specific projects of her or his own choice as long as they include mining this data and are conducted in collaboration with other members of the group. The current position comprises a teaching duty of 2SWS, to be conducted within the Biology department in pre-existing teaching modules (general biology, population genetics, introduction to bioinformatics).

A university degree (Master) in a relevant field: Biology, Bioinformatics

The candidate should:

  • have a strong background in evolutionary biology / molecular ecology and be familiar with bioinformatics methods. In addition, knowledge of population genetics will be advantageous.
  • be familiar with at least one of these scripting languages: python, perl, C++, R
  • be creative, critical and have conceptual thinking skills.
  • have good communication and writing abilities in English.
  • be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The working language of the group is English, willingness to learn German is necessary to allow a better integration/communication at the institute and in daily life.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants. The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

For further information, please contact Jun. Prof. Dr. Mathilde Cordellier or consult our website at

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s) as well as an abstract of your Master thesis. The application deadline is October 20th, 2017. Please send applications to:

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