Research Associate in Animal Physiology University of Rostock

University of Rostock

Closing date
15 May 2023
Rostock, Germany

Research Associate in Animal Physiology


Contract type

Full time, 3 years, extension possible


Start date

01 August 2023


What You Will Do

Applicants are invited for a position of a Research Associate working on the physiology of insects in the Department of Animal Physiology, Institute of Biological Sciences at Rostock University. The position is broadly equivalent to an Assistant Professor without tenure track and limited to 3 years, with the possibility of a 3 year extension period. The salary is TVL-E13 and depends on previous experience, personal status and includes benefits of the german employment system.


We seek an ambitious colleague who augment our research focus on insect locomotion. Our lab uses an integrative approach to investigate the neuronal, biomechanical, and aerodynamical bases of insect locomotor behaviours. We use genetic and neuronal tools, behavioural essays, robotics devices and several imaging methods to dissect the flight cascade in flies ranging from sensory input to air flow control by wing flapping. We are open to a wide range of research topics and methods. Research questions should be related to sensumotor control in insects at all levels of investigation. Methods may cover Behavioural Genetics, Physiology, Biomechanics, Electrophysiology, Fluid Mechanics and Numerical simulations. We appreciate an own strong research profile. The successful candidate should build up own links to other departments of the Institute of biological Sciences and will be fully supported by the Department of Animal Physiology.


Why Rostock University

The mid-sized university is one of the oldest universities in Germany. It covers a wide selection of faculties and offers multiple Bachelor and Master courses. The Department of Animal Physiology resides in a modern, state-of-the-art building together with several biological work groups and close to the Departments of Engineering and Electrical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. This offers a lively working environment for various research concepts including a strong link to the Faculty of Medicine. Rostock is a lovely, mid-sized town located near the coast line of the Baltic Sea. It features moderate ambient temperature and offers many opportunities for recreation including swimming, sailing, and hiking.


Equal opportunity is an essential part of the university’s human resources policy. In case of equal qualification, applications from severely disabled people or equivalent are explicitly welcome. The University of Rostock seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and particularly encourages female applicants to apply for this position. Applications from foreign scientist and people with migration background are appreciated. Please note that application and travel costs are not reimbursed by the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.



Who You Are

The successful candidate should have a PhD in biological, physical, engineering or related sciences. The position is suitable to obtain the german habilitation and equivalent qualifications and requires academic excellence in teaching and research. The applicant should be willing to publish peer-reviewed research and to apply for scientific funding. She/he should have the ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching (4 hours per week) in animal physiology at an undergraduate and graduate level. Teaching will support the existing courses or and may be part of the courses offered by the department. German language skills are welcome.


How You Apply

Applications should submit the following documents to the deparment:

  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • a cover letter
  • a list of publications
  • an essay describing your motivation, past research experience and future interests
  • and names and addresses of at least two referees.

Please send all documents with the identifier “ResAssoc-2023” as a single PDF-file to [email protected]. For inquiries and further information please visit our webpage or contact Prof. Fritz-Olaf Lehmann [email protected]. We are looking forward to see your application.




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