registration number: fb17-0028-wmz-2022


Entry date:
as soon as possible


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


2 years


Volume of employment:

The Philipps University, founded in 1527, offers multiple award-winning teaching for around 22,000 students and tackles the important issues of our time with excellent research across a broad spectrum of science.

The Department of Biology, research group on “Plant Ecology and Geobotany”, Prof. Dr. Lars Opgenoorth is currently accepting applications for a


The position is offered for a period of 2 years. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is full time with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 100 %). The recuitment is sibject to the final approval of the project. An extension by one year in the Forest Genetics working group of Prof. Dr. Katrin Heer at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg is planned.


The position is embedded in the BMBF funded project “EpiSoma - Sources and consequences of somatic epigenetic diversity in trees”. The successful applicant will investigate whether microclimatic differences within beech (Fagus sylvatica) crowns create characteristic patterns of methylation differences and whether these differences are faithfully inherited to offspring. For this purpose, the postdoc will analyze whole genome bisulfite sequencing data, install sensors in tree crowns, carry out cross-pollination between sun and shade-exposed branches and conduct stress experiments with the resulting seedlings. The field and experimental work will be carried out at the Philipps Universität Marburg and the Marburg Open Forest in the working group of Prof. Dr. Lars Opgenoorth. For data analyses, the postdoctoral researcher will obtain another contract of one-year duration at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in the Forest Genetics working group of Prof. Dr. Katrin Heer. The whole project will be carried out in close collaboration of these two working groups, and with Prof. Dr. Frank Johannes and Prof. Dr. Hans Pretzsch (TUM).

The position will be filled by a temporary contract that is limited to the period which is necessary to gain further scientific expertise (such as the preparation for a subsequent qualification period). Within the entrusted tasks the opportunity for independent scientific work to obtain further personal qualification is given. The limitation of the contract complies to § 2 Abs. 1 WissZeitVG.


You have an MSc and Ph.D. in biology, plant ecology, bioinformatics, or similar fields with excellent results. You enjoy science and are driven by curiosity. You have field work experience including tree climbing or bring the willingness and physical capability to learn tree climbing. Research experience in forest ecology, tree physiology, genetics or genomics and explicitly, with the bioinformatic analysis of WGBS is advantageous. We expect very good knowledge in data handling and statistical data analysis (in R and Unix environment) as well as a very good publications record. Experience with laboratory work (DNA extraction and library preparation) is advantageous. You have good communication and team skills, and a meticulous way of working.

Contact for further information

Prof. Dr. Lars Opgenoorth

+49 6421-28 22080


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

Please send your application mentioning registration number as a single PDF file to until 27.11.2022. Your application will consist of a motivation letter, a CV, academic transcripts (non-official copies are acceptable) and contact details of at least two academic references.

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