Department of Plant and Microbial Biology: Full or Associate Professorship in Molecular Biology of Plants 50-100 % We are seeking candidates in the field of plant molecular biology interested in understanding fundamental, mechanistic aspects of plant growth, development, or the interaction of plants with their environment. The professor is expected to develop a vibrant and internationally competitive research group, utilizing cutting-edge technologies to address major biological questions in any relevant plant species.

The successful candidate must be an established researcher in her or his field of molecular plant science with a proven track record in terms of research output, acquisition of third-party funding, and teaching and mentoring.

The future professor is expected to strengthen the scientific impact and societal role of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (IPMB). The professor will contribute to teaching and its further development at both Bachelor and Master level, in particular with courses on plant molecular biology, and supervise PhD students.

Furthermore, we expect active participation in scientific and policy-oriented regional, national, or international societies and committees as well as outreach activities. UZH sees researchers as modern leaders who conduct excellent research – taking into account the Open Science principles – through their own research projects as well as the promotion of excellent junior researchers, and who help to shape a future-oriented University with innovative research-based teaching.

Situated in the open-minded and family-friendly city of Zurich, which combines the vibrant cultural scene in a modern European city with the convenient accessibility to its beautiful natural surroundings, UZH is well integrated in the city’s community and research environment.

UZH provides generous research support, including dedicated funds for personnel, running expenses, and competitive start-up packages. Additionally, the successful applicant is expected to acquire external research funding. Zurich’s scientific environment encompasses a rich spectrum of diverse activities.

The employment conditions for this position follow UZH’s legal regulations and include part-time options. UZH is an equal-opportunities employer, and the Faculty of Science, in particular, strives to increase the percentage of women in leading positions. Therefore, qualified female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Care-time interruptions are considered during the evaluation of applicants of all genders.

Applicants are kindly invited to submit their applications, which should include:

  • a cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • a Curriculum Vitae with date of submission, including teaching and supervisory track record; outreach activities; a list of acquired competitive funding, including role and amount awarded to the candidate
  • a description of their research outputs relevant for this application and their importance for the field (at most five outputs, max. 1 page in total)
  • a research plan describing their mid-term scientific strategy and expected impact (max. 2 pages)
  • a teaching reflection on their educational values, tools and methods, and their potential contribution to the curriculum development at UZH (max. 1 page)
  • a description of their track record and/or planned measures towards diversity, equality, inclusion, and sustainability (max. 0.5 page)
  • a list of publications and other research outputs, including dataset, code, etc.
  • a copy of their PhD certificate

Please note that page limitations do not include references. The evaluation processes at UZH and its Faculty of Science follow the DORA recommendations for assessing research quality and impact. Applicants are thus asked to refrain from referring to non-personal measures such as impact factors.

Please upload your application via the “Apply now” button by 30th July 2023. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Ueli Grossniklaus

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