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University of Munich, Evolutionary Ecology

Research Associate Position

Application deadline: not specified
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Research Associate Position

Akademischer Rat auf Zeit (A13)

A research associate position is immediately available in the Department
of Evolutionary Ecology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen (LMU) with a payment scale comparable to a Senior Lecturer/Reader salary in the UK.

The position

We seek a highly motivated, mature researcher with a proven publication record in evolutionary developmental biology, comparative genomics, transcriptional regulation, or a combination of these fields. Research interest relating to Drosophila are preferred, but not mandatory. For candidates actively seeking funding, this position provides a great opportunity to develop an independent research agenda and to start a research group. Scientific cooperations within and outside the chair are explicitly encouraged ( The position comes with 5 hours of teaching duties during the semester (approx. 145 hours per annuum) including lecturing, course administration and student supervision. With multiple local master and graduate programs, you will meet a group of international and highly motivated students, open to interdisciplinarity.

The environment

The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology (, and affiliated to the chair of Nicolas Gompel, who studies the genetic origin of evolutionary changes ( A main focus of the group is to characterize the molecular changes resulting in new gene regulation and phenotypic evolution. We combine enhancer dissection with reporter constructs in transgenic Drosophila with quantitative imaging and statistical modelling to understand the molecular bases of regulatory changes. We examine these changes at the level of closely related Drosophila species as well as populations, and adapt classical Drosophila melanogaster genetics to these different species to test evolutionary hypotheses.

Munich University (LMU) and Munich Technical University (TUM) are both recognized among Europe's premier academic and research institutions being consistently ranked among the top Universities worldwide. In particular the life science branch with its newly inaugurated campus offers excellent technical facilities and many interaction possibilities including the Gene Centre, several Max-Planck-Institutes and the Helmholtz Centre ( The Campus Martinsried where the LMU Biocenter is located offers state-of-the art computing facilities for genome-scale analyses, high-end imaging facilities, and an exciting multidisciplinary environment. Munich is Bavaria's capital, a vibrant, yet relaxed city with many traditions still alive and a high quality of living.

In contrast to the current funding climate in many other European and non-European countries, funding rates are relatively high in Germany, and there are several sources to apply from, see e.g. en/research-funding.html or In addition, transnational European funding schemes offer attractive opportunities (

How to apply

Applicants holding a PhD with a proven publication record are encouraged to apply. Teaching experience is beneficial. Applications including a statement of motivation including relevant expertise and scientific objectives, a CV and the contact details of at least two references should be sent as a single .pdf file to, subject term 'research associate'. The position is immediately available and remains open until filled. Start date is negotiable depending on the applicant's situation.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Ms. Sheren Leung
Evolutionary Ecology
Faculty of Biology
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
Großhadernerstr. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried
Tel.:  +49(0)89-2180-74203

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