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Stellenausschreibung / Job advertisement

The Migration Ecology Group of the Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences (IBU) at the University of Oldenburg is seeking to fill the following position from 01.03.2023

Research Associate (m/f/d)

(salary group 13 TV-L)

for habilitation for an initial period of three years. The position is suitable for part-time work.

The research focus of the working group is on stopover/flight ecology, orientation/navigation, spatial/temporal organisation of bird migration and ecological/evolutionary functions of migration within the annual cycle of birds.

We are looking for a dynamic, creative and collaborative postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team working in the broad field of migration ecology using, among others, the international MOTUS telemetry network.

The future holder of the position is expected to have completed a university degree (Diplom (Uni) or Master) and a PhD in biology, ecology or a similar field.

The call is open to individuals who have a solid background in ecology and an excellent track record in specific research areas (e.g. physiological regulation of migration, importance of sleep during migration) or methodological skills (e.g. advanced data collection/processing, identification of stopover functions) that would complement the research topics in focus.

Applicants should demonstrate how they will contribute new approaches to the main research topics of the working group based on their scientific expertise. Experience with field work is an advantage. Furthermore, they must be able to work both independently and in a diverse team. Teaching contributions to undergraduate modules in the Bachelor's programme "Environmental Science" and the Master's programme "Landscape Ecology" are expected.

What can you expect?

  • a friendly, supportive and productive interdisciplinary working environment
  • a large-scale network of MOTUS radio receiving stations in the German Bight
  • the freedom to develop your own research profile within the research focus of the working group
  • a very cooperative research environment at the University of Oldenburg, e.g. SFB 1372 "Magnetoreception and Navigation in Vertebrates", DynaCom, DynaDeep
  • excellent opportunities to build and expand your professional network with international scientists
  • teaching for enthusiastic students

The University of Oldenburg is committed to increasing the proportion of female employees in science. Therefore, female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance with § 21 Para. 3 NHG, women are given preferential consideration in the case of equal suitability. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. The position is suitable for part-time employment.

Please send your application in English by e-mail (attachment in a single (!) pdf document) by 01.12.2022 to Prof. Dr. Heiko Schmaljohann (e-mail: ; University Oldenburg, Postfach, 26111 Oldenburg).

Please enclose the following usual documents with your application:

  • a short cover letter (one page) describing your motivation for applying,
  • a detailed curriculum vitae,
  • a list of third-party funds you have acquired,
  • your list of publications (peer-reviewed),
  • a description of your motivation, your relevant experience, your previous academic achievements and your teaching ideas for the above-mentioned degree programmes
  • a scientific concept for the intended future research in the working group,
  • a list of your teaching experience and copies of relevant references.

Further information about the working group can be found at

Please note that application and interview costs cannot be covered.


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