The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 179 fields of study, approx. 10.000 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

University Assistant (post doc)
at the Functional and Evolutionary Ecology

Reference number: 13006

The Department of Functional & Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Vienna and the Unit Limnology provide an innovative working environment of interdisciplinary and international scientists.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
The Unit Limnology at the Department of Functional & Evolutionary Ecology of the University of Vienna seek to employ an early career scientist experienced in the field of groundwater microbial ecology. The intended focus of the research shall be on the phylogeneic and functional analyis of groundwater microbial communities. In depth knowledge on the functional role of microbes in aquifers including the microbiome of invertebrates is envisaged. Research shall strongly consider current and future pressures to groundwater ecosystems from climate and global change. Through filling this position, we aim at complementing and extending existing research fields at the Unit of Limnology.

In addition to experimental facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories are available that include basic infrastructure for molecular and microbiological work, flow cytometry, gas-chromatography, HPLC, ion-chromatography and TOC analyser, etc. The candidate is willing to do field research.

The position requires a PhD and a convincing publication record. The successful candidate must show strong commitment to develop and submit project proposals for acquiring third party funding and is willing to mentor students and fellows. Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement is required. The scientific working languages at the Unit of Limnology are English and German.

The candidate will have a strong background in groundwater microbial and molecular ecology (NGS, metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis, bioinformatic analysis). Additional experience in biogeochemistry, biostatistics and ecological modelling is of great advantage.
Further strengths:
Successful execution of research projects
Co-supervision of bachelor, master students.
Experience in conducting university courses in microbial ecology, bioinformatics, basics statistics, limnology and/or groundwater ecology as well as related fields in English and/or German.
Experience in presenting at international conferences and workshops.
Publications in international journals of the respective field.
Skills in communication and team work in an international and interdisciplinary team.

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Phylogeny;Microbiology;Molecular biology;Ecosystem research;Microbiome research SHOULD

Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Natural Sciences Biology, Botany, Zoology MUST

Language level Importance
Excellent knowledge MUST

Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills  Importance
Basic Knowledge
MS Office MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be sumbitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 30.05.2022, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Griebler, Christian +43-1-4277-76416.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

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