registration number: fb17-0013-wmz-2023


Entry date:
as soon as possible


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


4 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 “Plant Ecology and Geobotany”, Prof. Dr. Lars Opgenoorth, is currently accepting applications for a


The position is offered for a period of 4 years. The starting date is as soon as possible. This is a full time position with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state of Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13).

The position is embedded in the C1 coordination project of the DFG-SNF funded Research Unit “PhytOakmeter - Using clonal oak phytometers to unravel acclimation and adaptation mechanisms of long-lived forest tree holobionts to ecological variations and climate change”. Further information on the project is available at


The successful candidate will be responsible

  • for overseeing the synthesis process of the project with a focus on integrating the complementary omics approaches to develop a comprehensive understanding of acclimation and adaptation in oak
  • for modeling the ecological niche of Quercus robur and defining drought conditions for Q. robur across its natural range and along the project’s European transect
  • for investigating the resistance, resilience, and recovery of the out-planted Q. robur DF159 clonal plants as function of annual increment, volumetric wood moisture, and sap flow, making use of an extensive existing geo-referenced environmental database describing the sampling sites
  • as the various omics data from the subprojects become available, the C1-PostDoc coordinates the joint analyses of these data together with the subproject PostDocs.The successful candidate will work closely with other postdoctoral researchers and the project leader to coordinate the interaction between working packages, including the overall data handling and data exchange
  • the C1-PostDoc will also oversee the technical implementation of the Experimental Platforms and will be responsible for promoting regular scientific exchange through the monthly PhytOakmeter Science Talk and the annual project meeting with a workshop character. This central position offers excellent opportunities to lead synthesis publications

It is a project position that is not limited in accordance with § 2 Paragraph 1 WissZeitVG.


  • MSc and Ph.D. in biology, plant ecology, bioinformatics, or similar fields with excellent records
  • proven foundation in plant ecological theory and a strong expertise
  • interest and creativity in data analysis and handling (in R and Unix environment), as well as a very good publication record
  • research experience in forest ecology, spatial modelling, tree physiology with experiments, genetics or genomics and explicitly, with the bioinformatic analysis of omics data is advantageous
  • You have good communication and teamwork skills, and a meticulous way of working. You enjoy science and are driven by curiosity

Contact for more 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. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications.

Please apply using the button below by May 29, 2023.

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