Postdoc position (m/f/d) in parasitoid wasp evolution

The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (SMNS) with its two locations Museum am Löwentor and Schloss Rosenstein is one of the largest natural history museums in Germany emphasizing collection-based research in systematics, taxonomy, biodiversity and evolution. 

Background to the project:

This Postdoc position is complementary to a number of collaborative research projects currently conducted at SMNS, including “HIGH-LIFE” and “GBOL III: Dark Taxa”. Within these projects and beyond, close collaborations with national and international institutions have been established.  The successful candidate will employ a wide range of morphological and molecular techniques to study ovipositor morphology and its role in parasitoid wasp evolution and diversification.

The project & duties:

We seek an experienced and highly motivated researcher (m/f/d) with a demonstrated expertise in parasitoid wasp systematics. The successful candidate is motivated to study and test a number of hypotheses of ovipositor evolution playing a key role in parasitoid wasp evolution and diversification by focusing on selected families of Chalcidoidea as model groups. The study of unique fossil samples from the SMNS collection will be part of this project.

The findings of this project are destined to be published in at least 3 to 4 peer-reviewed journals within the next three years. Moreover, the candidate should be able to offer methodological support and guidance to a good number of project-members and Master/ doctoral students in place and support the project leader and current interim director of the museum in the coordination of various ongoing research activities at the SMNS.  

Candidates with the following profile will be given consideration:

  • a doctoral/PhD degree in biology or related discipline with a strong focus on systematic entomology
  • taxonomic expertise in parasitoid Hymenoptera, ideally in Chalcidoidea
  • a record of publications in renowned international journals
  • experience and methodological competence in molecular lab work and ideally also in morphological techniques
  • proven experience in working with international collaboration partners
  • the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • an excellent command of oral and written communication skills in English
  • very good organizational skills and flexibility

In turn we offer:

  • the opportunity to enhance your academic career in an internationally renowned research museum with a multidisciplinary environment
  • access to state-of-the-art research facilities and significant collections of fossil and extant insects
  • the possibility to attend national and international conferences and to publish your results in scientific journals
  • an attractive workplace in the center of Stuttgart
  • flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • benefits from occupational health management

Salary for the full position (39,5 hours/week) will follow E13 TV-L (German civil service salary scale). Beginning in April 2021 or later, the position is limited to 3 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 February 28, 2021. Please note that your incoming data will not be automatically encrypted. Job interviews will be conducted online and are scheduled for March 12, 2021.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Lars Krogmann: Tel.: 0049-(0)711-8936-219, Email:

The SMNS is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, tolerance and excellence and especially welcomes applications of qualified female scientists. Preference will be given to applicants with severe disabilities if equally qualified.

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