Chemical Ecology
About the Faculty | People | Contact
Universität Bielefeld > Faculty of Biology > Chemical Ecology


Projects for Scientists:


PhD Position in Chemical Ecology

A PhD position (E 13 TVL/2) to study the role of intraspecific chemical variation in plants for interactions with their environment is available in the group of Chemical Ecology (Biology) at Bielefeld University, starting May 1, 2018 or soon thereafter. The candidate will investigate this topic using bioassays, chemical ecological, behavioural and analytical approaches. Apart from research (70%), the candidate will also be involved in teaching (25%) and organization of the department (5%).The position is available for three years.

We are seeking a bright and highly motivated PhD student with a keen interest in chemical ecology. A master or diploma in biology, environmental sciences or a related topic is a prerequisite.Knowledge in experiments with plants and other organisms as well as a solid experience in statistics are required. Knowledge of chemical analytical techniques (LC-MS and/or GC-MS) and multivariate statistics (preferably with R!) would be ideal.The candidate should be able to work both independently and as member of a team. Fluent verbal and written English communication skills are required.

Bielefeld is a city of 325,000 inhabitants with all expected amenities and easy access to the Teutoburger Wald for hiking and other outdoor pursuits. It offers a high standard of living and is well connected to most major European cities. Bielefeld University is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from women and handicapped people. Given equal suitability, qualifications and professional achievement, women or handicapped people will be given preference, unless particular circumstances apply.

To apply, please provide (i) a letter of motivation including a statement of your research experience, (ii) a CV including publication list, (iii) copies of your degrees and (iv) names and contact details of two referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single PDF file to

The application deadline is April 15, 2018, and interviews will take place shortly thereafter. The preferred start date is June 1, 2018 but is flexible. For further information on the Department, please see or contact Caroline Müller ( with any informal inquiries.


Student Projects


Students, who are interested to do a project in our group within their "Projektmodul", Bacheolor or Master Thesis, are welcome at any time. Most of the projects are linked to the different PhD projects and thus contribute important data, which will not disappear in a drawer but are stubstantial to promote our common science. Students are also welcome to bring their own ideas. If possible, we try to implement these also in respective projects.

In the following you find a list of selected projects but we have more to offer. Just stop by and inform yourself non-committal about the current opportunities. Possible projects