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Full or Associate Professorship in Behavioral Biology

University of Zurich (UZH)
Zurich, Switzerland
Closing date
14 Apr 2024

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Environmental Science, Life Science
Job Type
Faculty Member
Employment - Hours
Full time

The Faculty of Science at the University of Zurich (UZH) invites applications for the

Full or Associate Professorship in Behavioral Biology

We are seeking candidates in the field of behavioral biology, bridging the links between individual and social behaviour, evolutionary mechanisms, and ecological processes through data, theory, and modelling. The ideal candidate promotes interdisciplinary research encompassing subjects such as ethology, genetics, physiology, ecology, neurobiology. They should further be versed in advancements in data science, theoretical modelling, and machine learning. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and embracing technological advancements, their work aims to uncover new insights in behavioral biology, ultimately elevating the profile of UZH. Their research not only contributes to scientific knowledge but also addresses critical societal and environmental challenges, reaching broader audiences through popular science media.

The successful candidate must be an established researcher in their field of behavioral biology with a proven track record in terms of research output, acquisition of third-party funding, teaching, and mentoring. The future professor will strengthen the scientific impact and societal role of the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies (IEU). They will take over the leadership role for the Kalahari Research Centre and take advantage of its unique research opportunities. The future faculty member shall further strengthen existing research collaborations, e.g., with Zoo Zurich, as well as initiate new ones.

The future professor is expected to teach at Bachelor, Master and PhD level in the area of Behavioral Biology, and supervise PhD students, also across faculty programs. In particular, they will be responsible for teaching the foundational Animal Behavior course at Bachelor level, which includes field work, and will contribute to other courses, including Biology and Biodiversity curriculum modules.

UZH sees their faculty as modern leaders who conduct excellent research - taking into account the Open Science principles - through their own research projects as well as the promotion of excellent junior researchers, and who help to shape a future-oriented University with innovative research-based teaching. Situated in the open-minded and family-friendly city of Zurich, which combines the vibrant cultural scene in a modern European city with the convenient accessibility to its beautiful natural surroundings, UZH is well integrated in the city's community and research environment.

UZH provides generous research support, including dedicated funds for personnel, running expenses, and competitive start-up packages. Additionally, the successful applicant is expected to acquire external research funding. Zurich’s scientific environment encompasses a rich spectrum of diverse activities.

The employment conditions for this position follow UZH's guidelines and include part-time options. UZH is an equal-opportunities employer, and the Faculty of Science, in particular, strives to increase the percentage of women and underrepresented groups in leading positions. Therefore, qualified female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Care-time interruptions are considered during the evaluation of all applicants.

Applicants are kindly invited to submit their applications, which should include:

  • a cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • a Curriculum Vitae with date of submission, including teaching and supervisory track record; outreach activities;
  • a list of acquired competitive funding, including role and amount awarded to the candidate
  • a description of their research outputs relevant for this application and their importance for the field (at most five outputs, max. 1 page in total)
  • a research plan describing their mid-term scientific strategy and expected impact, also with respect to incorporating the Kalahari Research Center (max. 2 pages)
  • a teaching reflection on their educational values, tools and methods, and their potential contribution to the curriculum development at UZH (max. 1 page)
  • a description of their track record and/or planned measures towards diversity, equality, inclusion, and sustainability (max. 0.5 page)
  • a list of publications and other research outputs, including dataset, code, etc.
  • a copy of their PhD certificate

Please note that page limitations do not include references.

The evaluation processes at UZH and its Faculty of Science follow the DORA recommendations for assessing research quality and impact. Applicants are thus asked to refrain from referring to non-personal measures such as impact factors.

Please upload your application to by 14th April 2024.
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Arpat Ozgul (

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