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The Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science is an excellent and integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. Its activities cover and tightly link the fields of collection-based research, development of collections and public engagement with science.

Position: Researcher Biodiversity of insects (m/f/d)
work schedule: full-time
Duration: tinitially for 2 years; tenure after successful evaluation within the first 2 years (tenure-track)
Entgeltgruppe: E13 TV-L


Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is currently establishing an internationally visible „Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery“ to meet the scientific and societal demands arising from the global biodiversity crisis and the need to secure the future of 'System Earth'. The center will develop new scientific approaches to the study of biodiversity that will contribute to a more efficient and significantly faster global biodiversity inventory and at the same time enable high-quality taxonomic research on extinct and recent organisms. 
We are seeking a taxonomist/biodiversity researcher (f/m) to develop and support the new “Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery” at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science. The jobholder is expected to take a leading role in the development of concepts for accelerating the process of biodiversity discovery and taxonomic workflows in order to overcome the 'taxonomic impediment' for the Center, to co-ordinate research activities across working groups, and to conduct own respective research in this field. To this purpose, she/he will bring her/his own research agenda in the field of integrative biodiversity discovery of insects, which should be embedded in the research program of the Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery. Both tasks involve engagement in grant applications as well as training and supervision of students and junior researchers. We also expect active participation in public outreach activities of the museum about biodiversity and biodiversity discovery.
The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin provides an excellent research environment. It houses state-of-the-art laboratories for morphology (including histology, imaging, SEM, and µCT labs), molecular genetics/genomics and computation. Numerous research groups are working in a wide range of research fields including population genetics, phylogenetics, developmental and evolutionary genetics, and taxonomy. Our world-class zoological collections provide unique access to specimens collected over the last 200+ years.


PhD in biology/zoology and proven record of postdoctoral experience as a taxonomist in collection-based biodiversity research on a species-rich group of insects. Strong experience in and strong general knowledge of integrative biodiversity discovery and taxonomic research as well as experience in taxonomy related workflows (proven by a strong publication record, which must include taxonomic studies). Demonstrated success in obtaining third party funding and experience in leading a research group, ideally experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Field work experience, preferably also in larger collaborative projects, is expected; research in one of MfN’s geographic focus regions (Southeast Asia, Africa) is desirable. Successful candidates will be expected to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment at Germany’s largest natural history museum. The ideal candidate should have a strong knowledge of interdisciplinary and innovative research approaches beyond the own field of expertise (e.g. between biology, pharmacy, or medicine). Excellent team player, proven communication skills and intercultural competence. Professional written and verbal communication in English.

Special Notes:

In support of equal rights applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given preference in cases of identical qualifications.

Applications with the usual documents (application letter, CV, degree certificates) should be sent, preferentially by email to, to the the Museum für Naturkunde, Personalreferat, Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany. Applications must be clearly marked with the code 08/2019. Application deadline is 13th March 2019.

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Family Policy: The Museum für Naturkunde has set itself the goal of promoting a work-life balance and has been awarded the certificate berufundfamilie audit of berufundfamilie gGmbH - an initiative of the Hertie Foundation. Further information can be found under:
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