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Biologist at the Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography: Austria

The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a Biologist
at the Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography. The University of Vienna and the Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography provide an innovative work environment of interdisciplinary and international scientists. In addition to experimental facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories are available that include basic infrastructure for molecular and microbiological work, flow cytometry, gas-chromatography, HPLC, ion-chromatography and TOC analyser, etc. The candidate is also willing to do field research.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40.0 hours/week

Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
The Division of Limnology at the Department of Limnology & Bio-Oceanography of the University of Vienna seek to employ an early career scientist experienced in the field of groundwater microbial ecology. The intended focus of the research shall be on spatial and temporal pattern of groundwater microbial communities. In depth knowledge on biogeographic distribution as a basis for the development of groundwater microbial assessment schemes is envisaged. Research shall strongly consider current and future pressures to groundwater ecosystems from climate and global change. Through filling this position, we aim at complementing and extending existing research fields at the Division of Limnology. Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement – Supervision of students – Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance – Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

The position requires a PhD and a strong publication record. The successful candidate must show strong commitment to develop and submit project proposals for acquiring third party funding and is willing to mentor students and fellows. The scientific working languages at the Division of Limnology are English and German.
The position will be filled as soon as possible and is offered for 6 years.
Candidates are asked to submit their letter of motivation, a full CV (including ORCID number), list of publications, and names and addresses of two academic references.

The candidate will have a strong background in groundwater microbial and molecular ecology. Additional experience in biogeochemistry, hydrogeology, biostatistics and ecological modelling is of advantage.

Further strengths:

  • Successful execution of research projects
  • Co-supervision of bachelor, master students.
  • Experience in conducting university courses in microbial ecology, limnology and/or groundwater ecology as well as related fields in English and/or German.
  • Experience in presenting at international conferences and workshops.
  • Publications in international journals of the respective field.
  • Skills in communication and team work in an international and interdisciplinary team.

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 23.07.2019, mentioning reference number 9829.

For further information please contact Griebler, Christian +43-1-4277-76416.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 9829

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