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Institution Faculty of Biology - Professur für Phylogenomik und Systematik der Pflanzen oder Pilze
Remuneration group BesGr A13
Full-time / Part-time Full-time (100%)
Start date As soon as possible (limited initially to three years with a possible three year extension)
Application deadline 2024-07-31

About us:

The plant phylogenomics and systematics group at the Faculty of Biology, LMU Munich is conducting evolutionary and ecological research on land plant biodiversity. We want to understand when, where and how our current plant biodiversity evolved and how plants adapted to different habitats and environmental conditions, with a focus on water limitation. In our research, we integrate over genomic and transcriptomic evidence as well as morphological and ecological data. Our current model organisms are drought or desiccation tolerant on different levels and range from bryophytes to angiosperms. For more information on our current research, please visit.

We are looking for you:

Research and Teaching Assistant (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit) - Plant Biodiversity (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:


  • Participate in ongoing and future projects of the group and actively take part in group and project meetings
  • Develop and conduct own third-party funded research to establish your own research line
  • Manage and analyze research data, publish research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals, present research results at inter-/national conferences


  • Participate in teaching (five weekly hours per semester) (teaching is partly mandatory in German) and contribute to the development of teaching material
  • Supervise students at the Bachelor-, Master-, and PhD-level

Your qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g., plant phylogenomics, comparative genomics and/or transcriptomics, population genetics)
  • Background in evolutionary-ecological genomics/genetics and plant systematics/functional biodiversity or equivalent
  • Experience in state-of-the-art molecular laboratory and bioinformatic/statistical methods
  • First experience with funding-acquisition and/or teaching is advantageous
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in German and English (for non-native German speakers: the ability to teach (partly) in German is expected)


We offer you a stimulating research environment in a young and highly motivated international team. You will have the opportunity to join the interdisciplinary DFG-funded CRC1211 “Earth – Evolution at the Dry Limit” as an associate member through our project B07 “Desert transcriptomics: assessing the genetic basis of adaptation to aridity in desert dwellers

Your workplace is located next to the Munich Botanical Garden and is easily reachable by public transport as well as by car. We offer flexible working hours, support in balancing work and family life, and professional training and personal development activities through a variety of LMU support services . In addition you can benefit from various LMU corporate benefits.

The position is remunerated according to the civil servant category of “Akademischer Rat/Rätin auf Zeit” BesGr. A13, or in salary group TV-L E13 (100%). The position is initially limited to three years with a possibility for extension for additional three years. You have the possibility to work towards the completion of a habilitation (German post-doctoral degree) at the Faculty of Biology.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your application documents (letter of motivation, CV, list of publications and list of teaching experience, two-page research concept, contact details of three references, copies of degree certificates and transcripts) in one PDF via e-mail to the group leader Prof. Dr. Julia Bechteler:, no later than 31 July 2024.
For questions about the advertised position please contact Prof. Dr. Julia Bechteler via e-mail.

Also kindly let us know briefly in your cover letter through which medium/website/etc. you became aware of our job advertisement.

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