Professorship in Evolutionary Plant Sciences

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)

Mainz, Germany

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

Professorship in Evolutionary Plant Sciences
(Bes.Gr. W 3 LBesG)

available at the earliest opportunity.

We are seeking an internationally renowned scientist in the field of plant organismic and molecular evolution, focusing on processes of evolutionary adaptation and/or speciation. Research foci may include genomics, gene regulation, epigenetics, biotic interactions and aging, in an evolutionary context.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent and internationally visible research program, supported by sustained extramural funding. She/he will be embedded in a highly collaborative environment including the three institutes of the Faculty of Biology, the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), the Institute of Biotechnology and Drug Research (IBWF), and other faculties of the natural sciences at Johannes Gutenberg University, as well as the Rhine Main Universities alliance (RMU) with Frankfurt and Darmstadt. Participation in the research training group GenEvo (“Gene Regulation in Evolution: From Molecular to Extended Phenotypes”), the CRC1361(“Regulation of DNA Repair and Genome Stability”) and in the State’s strategic research initiative ReALity (“Resilience, Adaptation and Longevity”) is encouraged. Teaching in botany and evolutionary biology in the Bachelor and Master programs is expected with the ability to teach basic classes in German within five years.

Applicants must meet the general requirements according to public services law and the Higher Education Act of Rhineland-Palatinate (§ 49 Hochschulgesetz – Higher Education Act) including the relevant university and doctoral degrees, and an outstanding scientific track record.
The State of Rhineland-Palatinate and JGU put particular emphasis on intensive student support. We expect the University’s faculty to reflect this in their presence at the University.

JGU aims at increasing the number of female faculty members and therefore explicitly encourages applications by female scientists. Disabled applicants with adequate qualification will be favored.

Applications including the usual documents (e.g. CV; copies of certificates; lists of publications and teaching activities; funding record; current research and future research plans; teaching concept) as a single PDF file and separately the form available at should be submitted in electronic form no later than March 26th, 2020 to the

Dean, Faculty of Biology (

The symposium for invited candidates will take place on May 5 and May 8, 2020 in Mainz. Informal requests can be directed to Prof. Dr. Susanne Foitzik ( or Prof. Dr. Andreas Wachter (

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