Scientific Assistant / Postdoctoral research position in Wildlife Immunogenetics, Index number 123

Universität Ulm

The Institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics / University of Ulm invites applications for a

Scientific Assistant / Postdoctoral research position in Wildlife Immunogenetics

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoc position (with the possibility of a 4-year extension according to the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, so called Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). We are interested in the relationships between land-use changes, wildlife genome-wide and immune genetic diversity, host’s microbiome, and viral, bacterial and helminthic co-infections. We offer a very stimulating, multi-national research community with excellent infrastructure.


The focus of this position should be on investigating the role of immune gene diversity (MHC) and wildlife genomics in pathogen resistance and sexual selection. We are looking for a skilled, creative and highly-motivated postdoc who is able to work independently and in a team. The position requires social, teaching, organizational and time-management skills. Good knowledge of the German language is required for undergraduate teaching, as well as a high standard of spoken English and manuscript writing proficiency. The candidate should be willing to support teaching and supervising undergraduate and PhD students’ projects as well as developing and performing own research. Candidates should hold a completed doctoral degree and have a strong background in evolutionary ecology, population genetics and MHC research, and should be qualified by a very good publication record. The scientific assistant is expected to develop his or her own research agenda while also significantly contributing to the bioinformatic processing and statistical analyses of large data sets obtained by next-generation sequencing in ongoing projects of the department. Thus, practical experience with NGS technologies and platforms (e.g. Illumina©), with the Linux/Unix environment, scripting languages such as Python or Pearl, database design and querying (SQL), R-programming, as well as multivariate modelling and statistics are required.


Please send your application as a single (!) pdf file to Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer ( The pdf must include a letter describing your past research experience and particular skills and motivation for this position (max. 2 pages), an outline of planned own future projects (max. 2 pages), a CV, a summary of the PhD thesis, 2-3 letters of recommendation or contact details of referees and your publication list. The candidates will be selected according to their scientific qualification and proposed project plan. The anticipated starting date is January 2019.


The position is open until filled, and applications will be reviewed continuously, but for full consideration please apply by November 18th 2018. Remuneration is in accordance with TV-L 13 (100%). The applicants assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview, which might be carried out online. Physically disabled applicants receive favorable consideration when equally qualified. Job sharing is always possible for full time positions. The University of Ulm is committed to increase the share of women and teaching positions and therefore explicitly encourages female candidates to apply. The appointment is made by the Central University Administration. Please indicate the index number 123.