Senior Scientist (m/f/d) for Museum and Ancient DNA Research

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Frankfurt am Main

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (LOEWE-TBG) is a joint venture of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Goethe-University Frankfurt, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME aiming to intensify biodiversity genomics in basic and applied research. We will establish a new and taxonomically broad genome collection to study genomic and functional diversity across the tree of life and make genomic resources accessible for societal-demand driven applied research.

To strengthen and innovate our collections-based research as well as our biodiversity dynamics research, the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and LOEWE TBG invite applications for a

Senior Scientist (m/f/d) for Museum and Ancient DNA Research

(full time)

Following its mission to “analyze and document biodiversity in earth system dynamics – to serve science and society” Senckenberg stands for curiosity-driven and application-oriented research.

With roughly 40 million series the Senckenberg collections are among the most extensive and scientifically important natural history collections in Europe.

We are looking for an internationally recognized scientist to establish a research program on harvesting DNA data from these extensive collections for basic and application-oriented research in the context of our LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics. Specifically, we wish to strengthen the field of NGS applications to DNA of collection-based material.

Your tasks

  • Establishing NGS-techniques to diverse sources of aDNA and museums DNA
  • Animal evolution and population genetics, including host-associated genomic microbiome research from collection material (focus on mammals, including primates)
  • Conservation genetics, e.g. assessing temporal genomic responses of animals to anthropogenic factors
  • Metagenomics of organism-environment interactions over temporal and geographic scales (focus on diet and/or pathogens)
  • Running a research laboratory and team
  • Communicating scientific results in peer review journals as well as outlets for the general public
  • Contributing to the scientific success of Senckenberg and LOEWE TBG through excellent research output and support in developing and managing research infrastructures (e.g. collections, laboratories).

Who you are

  • PhD in biology with at least 4 years of relevant post-doctoral research experience in aDNA or museum DNA on mammals
  • Demonstrated accomplishments as evidenced in first or senior authored publications in high impact factor journals, as well as successful acquisition of large third party grants
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential as is the ability to lead a laboratory group
  • Oversee research programs across cross-functional research teams
  • A scientifically independent person with an excellent publication record and a strong background in acquiring third party funding to support your research

What awaits you?

  • An attractive and challenging position in a research institution of international standing
  • A salary that reflects the tasks and responsibilities of the position based on the collective agreement for public service in the state of Hesse (TV-H E 14)
  • Flexible working hours – annual special payment – company pension scheme – 30 days holidays – discounted job-ticket for public transportation in the Rhein-Main area

The contract should start August 1st, 2020 and is initially limited for 24 months, with a possible extension.

Senckenberg supports equal opportunity of men and women in management positions and therefore strongly invites women to apply.

Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

You would like to apply?

Please send your application documents (CV, certificates and references, letter of motivation and future visions, publication record), mentioning the reference of this job announcement (ref.#12-20007) before July 6, 2020 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main


For more subject-specific information on the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch, andreas.mulch(at)senckenberg.de.