Job Announcement
University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Biology

1 Postdoc position in Behavioural Genetics and Genomics

Application deadline: 07.01.2018
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A Postdoc position in behavioural genetics and genomics is available at the Faculty of Biology at Bielefeld University, in the Department of Animal Behaviour (with Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger, see The position runs from early 2018 to the end of 2021 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the recently approved collaborative research centre (SFB/TRR 212) entitled: A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche Construction (NC3).

The aim of the Postdoc project(sub-project C03 of the collaborative research centre) is to test whether common buzzard (Buteo buteo) chicks respond in their gene expression to different levels of blood parasite infection. Additionally, the project aims to develop a SNP-approach to find loci associated with fitness variation in this species.The project builds on a long-term study of individually marked birds that by now lasts for thirty years across over 2500 marked individuals. Fitness data of adult buzzards as well as many other phenotypic traits are routinely measured and should be linked to genetic or transcriptomic data of buzzard chicks.

The collaborative research centre: The postdoc will be embedded within a larger collaborative research centre (SFB) comprising 18 principle investigators, 8 postdocs and 16 PhD students based at Bielefeld University, the University of Münster and the University of Jena. The aim of the SFB is to produce a conceptual and empirical synthesis of individualisation across behaviour, ecology and evolution. The SFB will provide exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and academic networking, together with structured training, scientific exchange and early career support programmes. Full details of the SFB can be found at

Main responsibilities

  • Research tasks (90%):
  • Development and analyses of genomic and transcriptomic data sets
  • Analyses of microsatellite data sets
  • Participation in field work activities from April to June each year
  • Collaboration with other research groups in the collaborative research centre
  • Writing scientific publications
  • Organizational tasks in the research group and collaborative research centre (10%)

Applicant’s profile

We seek a bright and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with

  • a university degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. biology, genetics or bioinformatics,
  • a completed PhD in a relevant field, ideally related to behavioural genomics, population genetics, or evolutionary ecology,
  • experience with genomic and transcriptomic approaches and data sets,
  • experience with relevant software packages,
  • interest in both behavioural and genomic questions,
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

The following qualifications would additionally be of advantage:

  • papers in peer-reviewed international journals,
  • experience in collaborations between field biologists and -omics-people, and
  • experience with large-scale research projects.


Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 of the Wage Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L).

Bielefeld University is particularly committed to the career development of its employees. It offers attractive internal and external training and further training programmes. Employees have the opportunity to use a variety of health, counselling, and prevention programmes. Bielefeld University places great importance on a work–family balance for all its employees.

Application procedure

To apply, please provide: (i) a letter of motivation including a statement of your research interests and skills and experience relevant to the position; (ii) a CV including publication list; (iii) names and contact details of two referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single PDF file to: application deadline is January 7th 2018 and interviews will take place shortly thereafter. After the decision, the position should start as soon as possible. For further information on the project and the department, please contact Oliver Krüger oliver.krü with any informal inquiries.

Bielefeld is a city of 325,000 inhabitants with all expected amenities and easy access to the Teutoburger Wald for hiking and other outdoor pursuits. It offers a high standard of living and is well connected to most major European cities.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family friendly university. The University welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and Trades and Craft. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes. Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

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