University of Rostock, Germany: Research Assistant

Posted on September 6, 2021
Expires: December 06, 2021

Job Advertisement P 186/2021

The University of Rostock offers a diverse, varied and demanding job in a tradition-conscious, yet innovative, modern and family-friendly university in a lively city by the sea.

At the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute for Biology, Department of Marine Biology, subject to allocation of funds, we are filling the following position at the 1st December 2021 on a temporary basis for the duration of the project of 3 years:

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
EG 13 TV-L, part-time employment, 26 hours/week, limited, project position

The project is embedded in the interdisciplinary project CREATE (Concepts for reducing effects of anthropogenic pressures and uses on marine ecosystems and biodiversity) within the Mission of the German Alliance for Marine Research (DAM): “Protection and Use of Marine Areas” and funded by the German Ministry for Science and Education. CREATE is aimed at producing knowledge-based solutions in order to mitigate effects of climate driven stressors in the coastal zone.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The European Oyster was once widespread forming extensive reefs across the Wadden Sea including the German Bight. Currently it is one of the most threatened coastal marine species in the North European coast. Intensive efforts are carried out to restore the populations of European oysters. The objective of this project work is to study the capacity of re-established populations of European oysters to recolonise its historical habitats in the German Bight. The project will determine the physiological tolerance of oyster larvae and adults to temperature and other stressors and assess the performance of adults and larvae from different genetic stocks under the restoration-relevant in the lab and the filed. The work will involve laboratory experiments based on field-collected and hatchery-reared oysters from different populations. The data will inform the restoration efforts and sustainability assessments of European oysters in the German Bight. Most of the experimental work will be conducted at the Marine Station of Helgoland, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research located on Helgoland Island.


  • completed university degree (state examination, diploma, master’s degree or comparable degree) in the field of biological sciences or related with preferably good results
  • interest in ecophysiology, life history and population dynamics of marine invertebrates
    willingness to live on Helgoland where most of the laboratory work will be carried out
    minimum physical aptitude for laboratory and field work on/in water
  • excellent oral and written communication skills including fluent knowledge of the English language
  • willingness to work with commitment on a project of one’s own scientific qualification
    excellent time management and ability to work independently and in a team for interdisciplinary work groups

Our offer

  • employment relationship in accordance with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federal States (TV-L) with the employer Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, represented by the University of Rostock
  • remuneration with salary group 13 if personal and collective agreement requirements are met
  • an individual assignment of the experience level according to the collective agreement, taking into account your previous professional experience
  • 30 days annual vacation and annual special payment; additional pension plan (VBL)
    flexible working hours
  • various offers for health promotion and work-life balance, e.g. through our family office or our URgesund health management system
  • multitude of continuing education opportunities, including language courses, IT courses, seminars for professional development
  • participation in the extensive range of university sports activities
    University of Rostock as an employer

Equal opportunities are important to us. We welcome applications from suitable severely disabled persons or persons of equal status. We aim to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore encourage relevantly qualified women to apply. We welcome applications from people of other nationalities or with a migration background.

Formal notes

The temporal limitation of the employment relationship is based on § 2 (2) WissZeitVG.

If desired, the staff council can be consulted during the selection process. Please enclose an informal request for this with your application documents.

We look forward to receiving your online application (including CV, university transcripts and motivation letter) with convincing documents by 15th October 2021. Only applications received via our application portal will be considered.

Unfortunately, application and travel costs cannot be covered by the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

For further information please contact:

Insitute for Biology
Mrs. Prof. Dr. Inna Sokolova, Tel. 0381 / 498-6050,

HR department
Mrs. Petra Westphal, Tel. 0381 / 498-1275

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