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Research Scientist (m/f) Molekulargenetik

At the Institute of Fisheries Ecology, one of 14 institutes of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, is to be filled to the earliest time possible at its location in Bremerhaven the position of a

Research Scientist (m/f)

a preliminary duration of 2 years in the field of marine population genomics/genomics and environmental DNA, genetic stock separation as well as traceability of fish and fisheries products for a sustainable fisheries management and the development of new tools for food control. The development of eDNA methods and tools shall facilitate fish monitoring programs.


  • Heading the molecular genetics lab of the Institute
  • Application of population genetic and –genomic methods for applied research
  • Development of environmental DNA methods for fisheries monitoring
  • Cooperation with other working units of the Thünen Institute and external partners
  • Biostatistics and database maintenance
  • Giving advice with respect to inquiries on aquatic genetic resources
  • Preparation of reports, lectures and academic publications

Your specialist profile:

  • University graduate (Univ.-Dipl./M. Sc.) in biological science, fisheries science or comparable degree subjects with PhD
  • Deep knowledge of molecular genetic methods and tools, population genetics and/or eDNA, preferably with regard to fish together with expertise in the application and analysis of next-generation-sequencing data
  • Expertise in the field of database management and bioinformatics (LINUX/UNIX) as well as the application of relevant software

Your personal characteristics:

  • Creativity and interest in exploring new topics
  • Ability to analyze complex contexts, focused working style, critical judgment
  • High degree of motivation, independent initiative and talent for organization as well as good time management
  • Ability to apply team-related and project-related independent working methods
  • Ability to present topics clearly and comprehensively in orally and in writing for different target groups
  • Very good English language skills, good German language skills will be of advantage
  • Willingness and ability to travel in Germany and abroad (driving license and willingness to fly), in conjunction with high flexibility

We offer you the opportunity, in an active and stimulating research environment, to explore highly relevant applied research questions at the interface between academia and practice, while using contacts with national and international research institutions and organizations. Because the specialist and personal development of our employees is important to us, we offer a family-friendly working environment, flexible working hour models and extensive opportunities to pursue training and further training.

Employment complies with the German wage agreement for the civil service sector (TVöD Bund), salary group E13 (if the personnel requirements are fulfilled). If corresponding interest is expressed, it will be assessed whether a part-time position of employment is possible.

The temporary employment period is in accordance with § 14 Abs. 2 of the German Teilzeit- und Befristungs-gesetz. The announcement is therefore addressed exclusively to persons who have not been employees of the Federal Republic of Germany with either a time-limited or unlimited contract.

The Thünen Institute supports gender equality. Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

Individuals with disabilities will be accorded particular consideration, subject to comparable qualifications; they will be expected to show only a minimum degree of physical aptitude.

If you have any questions about this job vacancy, please contact the Head of the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology: PD Dr. Reinhold Hanel (, Tel.: +49 40 38905 290).

Written job applications together with curriculum vitae, tabular overview of your educational and professional career as well as copies of testimonials and certificates preferably via e-mail in one PDF file should be sent by 15 February 2018 citing the reference “Molekulargenetik“ to:

Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut

Institut für Fischereiökologie

Palmaille 9, 22767 Hamburg


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