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The Department of Botany at the Faculty of Biology, University of Innsbruck, Austria, is looking to fill a

Senior Scientist (Doctorate/PhD) position in Classical and Molecular Palaeoecology (Code BIO-10960)

Start date/duration:

  • from 01.01.2020
  • for 4 years, possibility for a permanent position depending on requirement and performance evaluation

Administrative unit:

  • Department of Botany

Extent of employment:

  • 40 hours per week

Job Description:

Applications are invited for a Senior Scientist position within the Unit of Plant Evolution and Diversity of the Department of Botany of the University of Innsbruck, initially for 4 years, with possibility of conversion to permanent position. The jobholder will carry out independent high-level research in the field of classical and molecular palaeoecology, with responsibility for the pollen forecast service for the Austrian federal state of Tyrol and collaboration with the national pollen forecast service of Austria. The jobholder is expected to acquire external funding, collaborate internally and internationally and contribute to the departmental high-impact publication output. He or she will contribute to teaching the curricula offered by the Faculty of Biology (Bachelor's Degree Program in Biology and Master's Program in Botany) and to the supervision of Bachelor and Master students.


Main tasks

  • Research: Project-directed work in collaboration with the international scientific community, supported by independently acquired external funding aimed at high impact publishing. Independent research in the field of classical palaeoecology (e.g. palynology, analysis of macrofossils or charcoal) and molecular palaeoecology
  • Pollen Forecast Service: Scientific leadership, further development and administration of the Pollen Forecast Service for the Austrian federal state of Tyrol at internationally accepted aerobiological standards and collaboration with local hospitals.
  • Teaching: Teaching according to the curricula of the Faculty of Biology (Bachelor's Programme "Biology" and Master's Programme "Botany"), and supervision of BSc and MSc research projects.


  • PhD in Biology or converging areas
  • Relevant publications in high-level, international, peer-reviewed journals
  • Practical experience with methods of classical Quaternary palaeoecology and excellent knowledge of the analysis of plant micro- and macrofossils
  • Practical experience with metagenomic shotgun sequencing of environmental DNA (eDNA), for example from lake stratigraphies or moor boreholes
  • Readiness to invest into the development of the Pollen Forecast Service for the Austrian federal state of Tyrol (30% of work time)
  • Excellent knowledge of the morphology of pollen and other palynomorphs expected to be present in pollen traps
  • Experience and ability (fitness) to conduct field work
  • Proven cooperation with national and international research groups and mobility experience
  • Proficiency to teach courses in German within two years of appointment
  • Several years of post-doc experience is desired
  • Good knowledge of European flora and vegetation, vegetation ecology, limnology and / or biostratigraphy are desired
  • Experience with quantifying long-term interactions between climate, vegetation and human land use is desired
  • Experience in attracting third party funding and leading research projects is desired
  • Teaching experience as well as experience with (co-)supervision of BSc and / or MSc students is desired
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent problem-solving skills



Job profile:

The description associated with this job duties and requirements can be found at:



The minimum gross salary (stipulated by collective agreement) for this position amounts to € 3.804 per month (14 times). Furthermore, the university has numerous attractive offers (



We are looking forward to receiving your online application by 02.01.2020:


The University of Innsbruck strives to increase the percentage of women and thus expressly encourages women to apply. This is particularly true for leading positions and scientific job offers. In case of underrepresentation, women with the same qualifications will be given priority.