University Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz (DE)
Salary grade W 3 LBesG
19 May 2023
29 Jun 2023
Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. Thanks to its location at the heart of the Rhine-Main science region, the university can unfold its full potential and showcase its innovative power and dynamism. Its status as a comprehensive university allows for multidisciplinary learning and teaching and has great potential for internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research. Almost all of its institutes are located on a single campus close to the city center – creating a lively academic culture for researchers, teaching staff, and students from every continent.

The Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution (iomE) at the Faculty of Biology invites applications for the position of a

University Professor of Evolutionary Biology
beginning at the earliest date possible.
Salary grade W 3 LBesG | Civil servant (tenured)

We are seeking an internationally renowned scientist in the field of evolutionary biology whose research will complement our existing and emerging strengths in quantitative and theoretical aspects of evolutionary research. The successful candidate’s research builds a bridge between theoretical and empirical approaches to evolutionary processes, with a research program that develops and/or applies quantitative methods to address evolutionary questions in extant animals — preferably vertebrates (including humans) — in natural populations. Research topics should include at least one of the following: population genetics, evolutionary genomics/epigenetics, evolution of life histories, biotic interactions, eco-evolutionary dynamics, long-term population field studies, or anthropology.

The successful candidate will receive departmental positions and start-up funds and will be expected to establish an independent and internationally visible research program sustained by third party funding. Our new colleague should work with our recently established international community of evolutionary biologists at the iomE to develop new collaborative research initiatives and participate in existing ones. Examples of cooperation opportunities include: the Institute of Quantitative and Computational Biosciences, which is currently being established, the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) as well as collaborative research centers (e.g. CRC 1361 DNA Repair & Genome Stability; CRC 1551 Polymer Concepts in Cellular Function), the Research Training Group GenEvo (Gene regulation in Evolution), and profile areas such as ReALity (Resilience - Adaptation - Longevity) or the Centre of Healthy Aging (further details here). The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics offer further collaboration opportunities within the Rhine Main region.
Finally, the successful candidate will teach courses in evolutionary biology, quantitative biology, and human biology at JGU, including the planned master’s program in Evolutionary Biology. We seek to increase the number of courses taught in English. Participation in academic service is expected.

▪    In addition to the general requirements according to public services law, applicants must meet the recruitment requirements stipulated in Section 49 of the Hochschulgesetz of Rhineland-Palatinate.
▪    In addition to the doctorate, a demonstration of excellent academic achievements is required.

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate and JGU are committed to close personal mentoring of students and expect teaching staff to have a strong presence on campus. A cooperative, team-oriented and proactive work attitude, strong communication skills, and the willingness to assume responsibility – including further professional development in accordance with JGU’s leadership guidelines – is also expected.

Commitments of JGU:
JGU firmly supports making family and career compatible and promotes its employees’ further professional development.
JGU welcomes qualified applications from people from diverse backgrounds.
JGU aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and therefore encourages female researchers to apply.
Candidates with disabilities and appropriate qualifications will be given priority. 

Please upload your complete application information and documents (CV, references, diplomas and certificates, as well as lists of publications and teaching activities, funding record, current research and future research plans, teaching concept) no later than June 28, 2023 via our portal with the following link:

The interview symposium is tentatively planned for September 2023. For questions and further information, please contact the chairperson of the search committee Prof. Hanna Kokko (

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