Research Assistant Position in Ecology, Osnabrück University, Germany

Postdoc in Germany
Research Assistant Position in Ecology: The Department of Ecology at the School of Biology/Chemistry, Osnabrück University, is inviting applications for a Research Assistant (m/f/d) position. This is a part-time role (65%) with a salary grade of 13 TV-L, limited to three years. The successful candidate will join an exciting DFG-funded project focused on eco-evolutionary causes and genomic consequences of synergistic coevolution and will have the opportunity to work towards a PhD.


Research Assistant (m/f/d)

Research Area

Eco-evolutionary causes and genomic consequences of synergistic coevolution


Osnabrück University, Germany


  • Completed degree (M.Sc. or comparable) in biology or a related field
  • Solid practical experience in microbiological techniques and molecular biological methods
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
Additional Qualifications
  • Sound knowledge of ecological and evolutionary concepts and theory
  • An excellent university degree
  • Creative working style and strong motivation
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Structured and independent working method
  • Experience in high-resolution fluorescence microscopy
  • Knowledge of quantitative working methods and statistical analysis
  • Working knowledge of programming languages (e.g., Python)
  • Ability to develop and analyze theoretical models (population dynamics, individual-based models) is a plus

Job Description

  • Participate in the DFG-funded project on eco-evolutionary causes and genomic consequences of synergistic coevolution
  • Perform coculture and coevolution experiments with bacterial strains
  • Reconstruct mutations in various genetic backgrounds
  • Conduct growth experiments to analyze fitness consequences of mutations
  • Quantify amino acid production rates using LC-MS/MS
  • Analyze spatio-temporal bacterial aggregates with microfluidics and fluorescence microscopy
  • Perform flow cytometric analyses
  • Collaborate closely with partners Dr. Alexander Herbig (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and Dr. Alexander Grünberger (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

How to Apply

Please submit your application (including a letter of motivation, CV, copies of certificates) by July 28, 2024, as one PDF file via email (reference “UGK”) to the Dean of the School of Biology/Chemistry at For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Christian Kost at

Last Date to Apply

July 28, 2024

We Offer

  • An exciting and highly topical research project
  • Working in an interdisciplinary and international research team
  • Collaboration with other partner groups
  • Participation in the excellent graduate education programs at Osnabrück University (ZePrOS, IRTG)
  • Access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure at the School of Biology/Chemistry (CellNanOs)
  • Living and working in the vibrant and liveable city of Osnabrück
  • A family-friendly environment supporting work-life balance

Osnabrück University seeks to guarantee equality of opportunity and strives to correct any gender imbalance in its schools and departments. Preference will be given to candidates with disability status if equally qualified. We look forward to receiving your application.



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