Open Positions (Master, PhD and Postdoc) in Molecular Evolution and Genomeinformatics

Unless further specified, the specific subjects of research projects are flexible and can be tailored to the background, visions and incitement of applicants but must fall under the wider remit of our research areas which there are:

  • Major evolutionary transitions of genomes (such as de novo genes) and their impact on the development of complexity
  • Evolutionary and functional genomics of (mostly social) insects
  • Modular Evolution of Genes by Domain (Re-)arrangements
  • Evolvability and robustness, the role of pleiotropic and epistatic interactions for changes in the genotype-phenotye relationship

Postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical/mathematical molecular evoutionary biology/chemistry

We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised and determined postdoctoral researcher with an educational background in (bio-)chemistry, (bio-)physics, mathematics and/or bioinformatics who has strong publication record and experience in analysing biological data concerning protein and/or genome evolution or modelling molecular evolutionary scenarios.

S/he will participate in several projects (see for details) such as the reconstruction and functional testing of past evolutionary events of genes, genomes and proteins, modelling molecular fitness landscapes and analysing the emergence and functionality of de novo emerged proteins. The successful candidate is expected to have a proven publication and presentation record in English, to be ready and willing to supervise students and will be encouraged and expected to build up their own related, research agenda in order to apply for additional funding.

Related references:

Further applications of self-funded postdocs and PhD students to work on protein and genome evolution, either experimentally or computationally, are always welcome (see below for links to some funding agencies).

Student helpers / researchers  ("Studentische / Wisenschaftliche Hilfskraft") to help install and maintain computer infrastructure, web resources and establish and refine teaching materials and databases in the group and for research projects such as Genome Evolution and Protein Evolution. Commencing date is any time 2016, contracts can be issued to the needs of the applicants with flexible working times ranging from 7 hrs (complies with the 450 EUR threshold) to 19 hrs per week.

General particulars for POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES ("Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter")
Essential qualifications are:
  • PhD in natural sciences and research experience in a biological area OR
  • PhD in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics or bioinformatics with experience and/or desire to excel in a biological area
  • Basic skills in statistics and/or programming
  • Very good organisation skills and motivation and proven ability to carry out research independently in an international and interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, oral and written fluency in English

Candidates are encouraged to develop their own research agenda by supervising students and applying for their own funds but this is not a must.

Ability and willingness to supplement a base-funded or third-party funded open position with an own fellowship are expected for all open positions and will be a selection criterion (see links below for a starter). Candidates will be given extensive guidance and support in preparing their grant applications.

General particulars for applications as PhD STUDENTS ("Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter") in our group.

Essential qualifications are:
  • MSc or 4yr BSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, physics or bioinformatics and research experience in a biological area
  • Basic skills in statistics and programming and/or molecular biology and biotechnology
  • Motivation and proven ability to carry out research independently
  • Good communication skills, good knowledge and command of English.
Please mind: particulars on PhD (in German) [download], test your motivation and aptitude, some thoughts about structuring a PhD programme
 Apprenticeship vs. contractual work.

Interested candidates should send applications to Prof. Bornberg-Bauer ebb.admin [at] as pdf attachment (max. 2 pages) detailing in order latest first:
biodata, scientific career, education, special relevant skills, list of publications, names of prospective referees and a short specific statement of research interest.
Failure to comply with these guidelines may easily lead to the application not be considerd and not acknowledged. Bulk applications may be overlooked.
All applicants are advised that all job offers become only official and effective once administration has approved.

Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer
Molecular Evolution and Genome Informatics,
Institut for Evolution and Biodiversity,
FB Biologie, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster
Hüfferstrasse 1, D-48149 Münster, Germany

Best qualified candidates will be endorsed for fellowship applications to which we currently have a good success rate.

Check here for: Humboldt Foundation ,Sofja Kovalevskaja Fellowships, Volkswagen Foundation , DFG (only in German) , Marie Curie Fellowships , HFSP fellowships , DAAD fellowships .
Other opportunities: ProTalent for students

Postdoctoral and PhD positions are usually remunerated according to the TVL scheme. Teaching and administrative duties are generally low, with amount and balance depending on the particular project as well as background, qualifications and experience of candidates. Cost/salary table for students researchers and helpers can be found here.

MASTER and BSc  THESES at the IEB, Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Muenster, Germany are available at the end of every semester to start at the following semester, for subjects listed and with financial support being possible (see above for student helpers/researchers), depending on qualifications, tasks etc. International and national collaborations are often endorsed. Students are invited to inquire any time at the office e.g. by email to ebb.admin [at] or call ext. 21638.

Muenster hosts many excellent scientific institutions such as a newly founded Max-Planck Institute for biomedical research, a Centre for Nanotechnology or a great number of specialised research areas ("SFBs"). Muenster is a dynamic city with a world-famous heritage centre and in the middle of the beautiful ''Muensterland''. It is very lively, last not least because of the high number of students and the rich choice of social, cultural and sporting facilities (see )

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Equal opportunity regulations apply.