Offre de poste : host-parasite interactions, pollination, conservation biology and social evolution


An experienced research scientist/assistant/associate professor with an emphasis on behaviour (e.g. behavioural ecology, sociobiology) is sought for a full-time position to join the Paxton lab at the University of Halle, Germany. Broad research themes of the group are host-parasite interactions, pollination, conservation biology and social evolution:

The group’s taxonomic focus is on insects, particularly bees, it draws heavily on molecular genetics, and research infrastructure is excellent. We seek a highly motivated individual with strong quantitative skills who can work independently to develop a research program complementary to one or more of the group’s themes and contribute to teaching behaviour at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within general zoology. Halle is a delightful, historic city of a quarter million people with a large, research-intensive university situated 260 km southwest of Berlin and 40 km from Leipzig. You will be a member of a supportive and dynamic group that interacts closely within and outside the university, including with the UFZ-Helmholtz Environmental Research Center at Halle-Leipzig: and with the recently established DFG-funded biodiversity center iDIV:, a collaboration of the universities of Halle, Leipzig and Jena.

Applicants must hold a university doctoral degree in biology or a related discipline and address current topics in behaviour (e.g. behavioural ecology, sociobiology). Applicants should have a proven track record in publishing high quality scientific papers. Experience in writing grant applications and past success in attracting research funding is of advantage. The working language of the group is English, though knowledge of German is essential for teaching purposes. The position is fixed term, initially for 3 years, commencing 1 August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of extension for a further 3 years. The salary is currently at the German standard postdoctoral rate (TV-L 13, 100%). The University of Halle is an equal opportunity employer. Further details of the position can be obtained from Robert Paxton (email below), to whom applications should be emailed as a single pdf file, to include (i) a letter of motivation, (ii) cv, (iii) list of publications, (iv) list of externally acquired funds, (v) a single page on research achievements and future plans, (vi) a single page on experiences and approaches to teaching, and (vii) contact details of three referees, by 15 May 2017. Interviews are scheduled for the end of June 2017.

Prof. Robert Paxton, General Zoology/Institute of Biology, Uni. Halle, Hoher Weg 8, D-06120 Halle/Saale, Germany. Tel.: +49-345-5526500;
Email: robert.paxton [at]

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