Open positions


Three postdoc (junior group leader) positions

Evolutionary biology | synthetic biology

The Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution at the University of Mainz, Germany, invites applications for postdoc positions for evolutionary biology or synthetic biology in the department of Evolutionary Plant Sciences, headed by Prof Shuqing Xu (

The successful candidate may start on the 1st of Feb 2024, or as early as possible. The salary will initially be provided for three years, with the possibility of an extension.

Supported by other group members, the candidate will use the state-of-the-art genomic / molecular tools to understand the evolutionary processes at different time scales. During the project, the candidate will mature his/her scientific skills and develop independence in project planning and management skills. The candidate may have the opportunity to supervise PhD/Masters students and establish his/her own subgroup.

Requirements: We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with a doctoral degree, or an equivalent thereof, in biology, molecular biology, ecology, or computer science. The candidate is expected to design, conduct and organize the projects independently. A training background in bioinformatics, evolutionary genetics/genomics, community ecology, molecular biology or single-cell sequencing data analysis is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate experience in statistics and genomics, or molecular biology or community ecology. Experience with computational modelling or synthetic biology or field ecology is a plus. Our group consists of people of various nationalities and teamwork is essential for all projects in the group. Therefore, excellent communication skills, as well as proficiency in spoken and written English, are expected. Good knowledge of German is a plus.

The University of Mainz hosts many excellent scientific institutions (, and Mainz is a historic city located on the Rhine River with many students and a rich social and cultural life. The research projects and host group are funded by European Research Council (ERC) and German Research Foundation (DFG).

Applications must be in English and include: (1) a motivation letter stating the research interests with reference to the stated requirements in no more than two pages, (2) a detailed CV including academic and extracurricular achievements, as well as details of all research experience, (3) an abstract of the PhD thesis, and (4) contact details of at least two referees.

Applicants should send their documents in one single PDF file to Prof Shuqing Xu ( with the subject line either “Evolutionary Genomics Postdoc Position – Your Name”, or “Synthetic Biology Postdoc Position – Your Name”. The application review will commence on 31st December 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

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