Leipzig University

Senior Scientist in Biodiversity Research (m/f/d)

Leipzig University

Leipzig, Germany

Reference number 156/2021

Senior Scientist
in Biodiversity Research (m/f/d)

Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Department of Systematic Botany and Functional Biodiversity Research at the Faculty of Life Sciences seeks to fill the above position at the earliest opportunity.

Leipzig is a vibrant hotspot for creativity in eastern Germany, known for its world-class research in atmospheric sciences, biodiversity research, socio-economics, and remote sensing. Leipzig University aims to tap into the full potential of interdisciplinary research to understand the dynamics of a changing earth system. Within this framework the advertised position focuses on reciprocal effects of biodiversity and atmospheric chemistry in the context of climate change.

About the position

  • Fixed term of 3 years (possible extension by another 2 years), based on the German Act on Fixed-Term Employment Contracts in Academia (WissZeitVG)
  • 100 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group E13 TV-L


  • Independent research as part of an interdisciplinary team in support of the development of the Breathing Nature programme, an interdisciplinary initiative on interactions between climate, biodiversity, and society
  • Ambitious research leading regularly to peer-reviewed publications
  • Teaching in this field at bachelor’s and master’s level
  • Flexible contribution to interdisciplinary research on interactions between biodiversity and the atmosphere, including e.g. field and lab measurements related to plant ecophysiology, bioaerosol production and their feedback mechanisms on atmospheric processes
  • Modelling and analysis of large, multivariate data sets related to biodiversity- atmosphere relationships.


  • PhD in ecology or botany/forestry/environmental sciences with an ecological focus
  • Strong quantitative skills and proficiency in advanced statistical methods
  • Experience in field and lab measurement of ecophysiological and chemical plant traits
  • Ability to work in local to international collaborative projects
  • Ability for interdisciplinary collaboration (specifically atmospheric and/or biodiversity research)
  • A proven record of international publications
  • Very good English language skills.

What we offer

  • A modern workplace and attractive working conditions (mobile working)
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Goal-oriented staff development throughout your working life, with opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Pension plan.

Please refer to Professor Alexandra Weigelt (alexandra.weigelt@uni-leipzig.de) for further information on this position.

Please send your application with the usual documents, quoting reference number 156/2021, to: Leipzig University, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, Professor Marc Schönwiesner, Talstraße 33, 04103 Leipzig, Germany by 30 September 2021. You are also welcome to email your application as a single PDF file to dekanat.lw@uni-leipzig.de. Please note that it is not possible to guarantee confidentiality and rule out unauthorised access by third parties when communicating by unencrypted email.

We kindly request that you submit copies only, as we are unable to return application documents. Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

Leipzig University aims to increase the proportion of women in positions of responsibility and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply. Severely disabled persons – or persons deemed legally equal to them under Book IX of the German Social Code – are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

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Senior Scientist in Biodiversity Research (m/f/d)