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Senior Research Associate (f/m/d) Groundwater and Cave Microbiology - Chair of Ecological Microbiology

Tillmann Lüders

At the University of Bayreuth, Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences, the Chair of Ecological Microbiology (Prof. Dr. Tillmann Lueders) is currently seeking to hire a


Senior Research Associate (f/m/d) Groundwater and Cave Microbiology 

starting by Jan. 1, 2023 or later, for an initial temporary civil service agreement of up to 3 years (100%; pay grade A13). Thereafter, the employment may be extended for another 3 years or, in case of outstanding fulfillment of all requirements, may be tenured. In all other respects, the hiring requirements according to the Bavarian University Personnel Law apply.

We are looking for: a highly motivated emerging scientist with an already very well established profile in research on microbial communities and microbial processes in groundwater or caves. Possible areas of focus include the ecology of chemolithoautotrophic biofilms or the microbial degradation of pollutants in the subsurface. The position offers the opportunity to establish an own junior research group, own research projects, as well as for continued scientific qualification via a habilitation.

Your tasks: Participation in ongoing research projects of the Chair, development of own research projects on the above topics, acquisition of third party funding, guidance of theses, publication of manuscripts. Teaching amounting to 5 weekly credit hours per semester (SWS) in Microbiology and Microbial Ecology (possible also in German language), supervision of lab courses, participation in academic self-administration.

Requirements: A very good university degree (master's or diploma) in biological sciences, with a focus on microbiology and microbial ecology. A completed PhD in the field of aquatic environmental microbiology. Experience in subsurface microbiology research in lab and field, expertise in biogeochemical analytics and molecular microbiome analyses. Successful publications and typically at least one completed PostDoc project completed on the above research topics. Very good command of written and spoken English. You enjoy working in a team and with interdisciplinary cooperation partners. Initial experience in applying for third-party funding is of benefit.

Our offer: Work in a modern, well-equipped environmental microbiology laboratory at the renowned Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER). Our working atmosphere is characterized by a culture of mutual respect, active participation and interdisciplinary interaction. The University of Bayreuth values the diversity of its employees as an asset and is explicitly committed to the goal of gender equality and inclusion. Women scientists are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with a disability will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified.


Your application

Please apply online with your complete application documents (cover letter, CV, certificates, list of publications, reference persons) using the keyword "Subsurface Microbiology" via the application portal of the University of Bayreuth. Please send your applications by 15.11.2022. For any questions, please directly contact Prof. Dr. T. Lueders (tillmann.lueders@uni-bayreuth.de, Tel.: +49 (0) 921 555 640. Also visit us online: https://www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/mik/ or on Twitter: @LuedersLab.

We are looking forward to welcoming you
in the Ecological Microbiology Group in beautiful Bayreuth!


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