Executive Manager

As part of the “Integrative Taxonomy” initiative of the state of Baden- Württemberg, a competence center for biodiversity and integrative taxonomy (KomBioTa) is being established at the University of Hohenheim in cooperation with the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences invites applications for the position of an

Executive Manager of the Competence Center

(100 % in pay group A14)

starting at the earliest possible date.


The tasks include managing the day-to-day business of KomBioTa on behalf of the Executive Board and providing organizational and scientific support to the Executive Board in the strategic orientation and further development of the research center. You will be responsible for classic administrative tasks, such as budget planning/monitoring, managing third-party funding projects, and personnel matters. In addition, you will have scientific responsibilities, as you are expected to contribute to the content and conceptualization of teaching and to apply for third-party funding programs, lecture series, conferences, and colloquia as part of  the research center’s scientific event program. You will also support the Executive Board in establishing and maintaining scientific infrastructures and networks.


  • Excellent university degree in a natural science field (MA level), doctorate desired
  • Experience in acquiring and coordinating research projects and international research networks
  • Experience in science management, including financial and resource management
  • Experience in conceptualizing and organizing national and international scientific events and knowledge of university organizational structures, procedures, and processes are desirable
  • High level of communicative and social competence, integrative approach, self-initiative, structured and independent working methods, flexibility, and commitment
  • Excellent knowledge of English is required (knowledge of other foreign languages is advantageous)


Depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications, the contract will initially be for a period of 5 years.

The University of Hohenheim is committed to the goal of equality between men and women. Applications from women are therefore welcomed. If qualifications, suitability, and competences are equal, severely disabled persons will be given priority.


Please send your application with relevant documents to the University of Hohenheim, Vorstand des Kompetenzzentrums für Biodiversität und integrative Taxonomie (101), 70599 Stuttgart. Please submit the documents exclusively in electronic form using the University of Hohenheim’s application portal by 20 October 2020.


If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Johannes Steidle, Prof. Dr. Martin Hasselmann, or Prof. Dr. Lars Krogmann.

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Postdoc position (m/f/d) in primatology/evolutionary biology

The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (SMNS) is one of the largest natural history museums in Germany dedicated to studying and documenting the evolution of organisms and ecosystems. One focus of research within the Department of Zoology is on the evolution of tarsiers, tiny Southeast Asian primates.

We seek an experienced and highly motivated researcher (m/f/d) in the area of primatology. The successful candidate will be expected to focus on links between population dynamics and the phylogeny of Sulawesi tarsiers (Tarsius spp.) and to test several hypotheses related to the taxonomy and demography of selected species. The projects will draw upon more than 20 years of tarsier research by our group (PI Dr. Stefan Merker) and a large collection of DNA samples curated at the SMNS. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, studies may include field work on Sulawesi. The postdoc will not be required to teach.

The successful candidate is expected to have

  • a doctoral/PhD degree in biology, with a focus on primatology or mammal biogeography
  • a record of publications in renowned international journals
  • experience and methodological competence in molecular lab work
  • field work experience in tropical rainforests
  • experience in working with international collaboration partners
  • the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • an excellent command of written English
  • the strong wish to jointly generate and publish research results within a relatively short period of time

Desired qualifications include

  • expertise in phylogenetic reconstruction
  • expertise in demographic inferences based on genetic data
  • experience in microsatellite-based genotyping
  • field work experience in Indonesia
  • a strong interest in biogeography

Salary will follow E13 TV-L (German civil service salary scale). Beginning January 01, 2021, the position is limited to 1.5 years. Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, description of your research experience and contact information of two references exclusively online (in one file, max 5 MB) to by October 25, 2020. Please note that your incoming data will not be automatically encrypted. Job interviews are scheduled for November 6, 2020.

For further information, please contact Dr. Stefan Merker: Tel. 0049-(0)711-8936-246,

We offer flexible and family-friendly working hours and support presenting research results at national and international conferences. The SMNS is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, tolerance and excellence. Preference will be given to applicants with severe disabilities if equally qualified.

Information on data protection law for applicants can be found on our homepage under “Jobs” (in German).

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