Job announcement
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn

Vacant position for Metabarcoding

Application deadline: 23.6.2017
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The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is seeking a researcher for the analysis of metabarcoding data to work in the Metabarcoding Section headed by Dr. Vera Fonseca for a tenure-track position (100%). The position is available immediately.

Potential candidates will hold a PhD in Biology or related areas, have their research focus on metabarcoding research using Next Generation Sequencing tools, and present a substantial publication record in this field. He/she should be able to establish workflows for metadata analysis (assembly, binning, analysis) and should be proficient in processing amplicon high-throughput sequencing data (e.g. via QIIME, MICCA). The candidate should also be experienced in using programs for data visualization and manipulation of community ecology and taxonomic diversity (e.g. VeganR, MetacodeR and EstimateS). It would be desirable if the candidate could help design campaigns for the analysis of species diversity in environmental samples and supervise young researchers. The candidate is also expected to integrate into ongoing research projects at the ZFMK and teaching programs at the University of Bonn and to be successful in raising external funds. The successful candidate will be active in research projects relevant for nature and species conservation. He/she will also be involved in administrative duties for the institute. The candidate is also expected to be involved in outreach activities.

We expect excellent communication skills with fluency in English and a working knowledge of German for the tenure.

The ZFMK is a Leibniz Institute in close cooperation with the University of Bonn and funded by the Federal State of NRW and the German Federal Government. We offer a highly motivating environment. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-L E 13). The ZFMK advocates gender equality. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified severely handicapped applicants will be given preference. The contract will initially be restricted to three years. A tenured position will be subject to personal performance reviewed by a commission. An upgrade of salary and benefits to TV-L E 14 is possible and will be subject of the tenure evaluation. Please send your application by e-mail attachment, including a detailed CV, a complete publication record, a statement of teaching experience, research funding, visions for future research, copies of certificates of university degrees, and a maximum of 5 selected publications until 23 June 2017 to Mrs. Heike Lenz, (email: In case of questions concerning the position, please contact Dr Vera G Fonseca For more information about the museum see

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