Head of the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics

Head of the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics

Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI)

31535 Neustadt, Lower Saxony, Germany

The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, is an independent higher federal authority and governmental research institute for health, nutrition, husbandry, genetics and welfare of farm animals under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It consists of 11 institutes at currently 5 different locations in Germany.

In a joint appointment between FLI and the University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation in Hannover (TiHo) the position as

Head of the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics

Is to be filled as soon as possible.


The Institute of Farm Animal Genetics (ING) is located in Mariensee, 31535 Neustadt (approx. 35 km outside of Hannover). It offers a vibrant research environment and is integrated into various research networks in the Hannover area, a hotspot of cutting edge research and science, co-operating with the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Hannover Leibniz University and the Göttingen Georg-Albrecht-University. ING is dedicated to basic and applied research on animal genetic resources, including maintenance of genetic resources within the Deutsche Genbank für landwirtschaftliche Nutztiere (German Gene Bank for Farm Animals), development of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), and activities to develop and validate novel breeding strategies for future oriented breeding concepts for agricultural and biomedical applications Completion of the construction of a new experimental animal facility at Mecklenhorst (ca. 7km from Mariensee) by 2021 will offer excellent infrastructure to be shared by the FLI institutes for Animal Welfare and Husbandry as well as Animal Nutrition. This will offer exciting new opportunities for cooperative interdisciplinary research on farm animals.

 It is expected that the new Head of the ING will actively pursue an interdisciplinary research program both within FLI-institutes, but also with other scientific institutions. ING provides expert advice to the Federal Ministry in all areas of farm animal genetics and animal breeding. The institute will have seven permanently employed scientists plus technical staff and on-site access to experimental animals.

 The Head of the institute will teach aspects of molecular animal breeding and/or assisted reproduction technologies at the Veterinary University in Hannover with an average of two hours per week.


We are seeking a highly qualified, internationally well recognized researcher (university degree in veterinary medicine, agricultural sciences or other natural sciences) with a long-term experience in population genetics and/or modern molecular techniques including transgenic technologies in farm animals. Necessary prerequisites for leading the institute are excellent scientific achievements, proven competence in team leadership, management of interdisciplinary research projects, and successful acquisition of third-party funding.

We expect excellent command of the English language as well as advanced basic knowledge of the German language. Non-German speaking applicants are expected to acquire and prove adequate German language skills within two years.

According to § 25 Higher Education Act of Lower Saxony requirements for the position are: university degree, doctorate, teaching ability and additional academic achievements which are usually provided by a junior professorship, by a habilitation or equivalent documentation.


The successful applicant will either be employed as Federal civil servant (Bundesbeamte) or as employee based on the Collective Agreement for Public Services (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst Bund – TVöD), depending on the requirements met. Remuneration for this position is based on the German Federal Remuneration System, remuneration grade B2, with a basic annual salary of € 97,090. According to applicable legislation, moving expenses can be reimbursed. Requests for part-time employment will be considered if compatible with the position to be filled. BMEL, FLI and TiHo are all aiming at increasing the percentage of women in leading positions in science and explicitly encourage qualified women to apply. Severely impaired applicants with equal qualification and adequate physical fitness will be given preferential consideration.

For more information, please contact the Chairman of the Search Commission, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas C. Mettenleiter (email: ThomasC.Mettenleiter@fli.de).

Please send your application with documents of your qualification, especially a detailed CV, copies or translations of original certificates, list of publications, names and contact information for at least three references, a summary describing your research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy until 13.05.2019 under the reference code 24/19 to

The Chairman of the Search Commission

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas C. Mettenleiter, President and Professor

Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Südufer 10, 17493 Greifswald – Insel Riems

or by email as PDF document: ThomasC.Mettenleiter@fli.de



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Head of the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics