Doctoral researcher for the project “Reconstruction of the evolutionary history of tadpole shrimps (Notostraca) and their relatives, important components of ephemeral freshwater habitats (m/f/x)

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We are a highly diverse and interdisciplinary team of zoologists with a strong interest in evolutionary history of animals.

We are looking for you:

Doctoral researcher for the project “Reconstruction of the evolutionary history of tadpole shrimps (Notostraca) and their relatives, important components of ephemeral freshwater habitats (m/f/x)

in Planegg-Martinsried

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • The project aims at using high-resolution imaging for a wide array of fossil and extant tadpole shrimps and their closer relatives. Based on these data, the project will establish a morphometric framework for reconstructing the evolutionary history of the group Notostraca. These findings will provide deeper insights into the presumed long-term stability of the specific habitat of ephemeral ponds, which seems to have played an important role for the last 365 million years.
  • Specimens will be provided via scientific collections as well as by breeding in the lab, fieldwork is not considered.
  • Techniques to be applied are various imaging methods (digital microscopy, super-macro-photography, µCT-scanning and other up-to-date methods).

Your qualifications:

  • Master in biology or palaeobiology or a closely related field
  • Very good English communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to efficiently work in teams
  • High motivation
  • Keen interest in zoological evolutionary questions
  • The results of the project are expected to be presented regularly at national and international conferences by the doctoral researcher as well as published in peer-reviewed journals.

 The prospective PhD student does not necessarily need to have experience with the imaging methods or specific systematic groups, but is expected to gain expertise early in the course of the project.


  • PhD position for 36 months funded by DFG
  • Salary according to wage agreement (TV-L)
  • Interdisciplinary research project and working environment
  • Modern imaging equipment (macro- and microscopic)

 The position is limited to a duration of 36 months. Envisaged starting date is 01 September 2023.

 The successful candidate will be based in the workgroup of Systematic Zoology at the campus Martinsried (part of municipality Planegg) south-west of Munich, in close proximity to Munich. Child care facilities as well as schools are nearby.

 Applications of women are strongly encouraged. We actively promote gender equality.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your application to until June 10, 2023. The application should include CV, transcript of records, letter of motivation, and the names and contact details of potential referees.

Contact for further information:

Prof. Dr. Carolin Haug
LMU Munich
Faculty of Biology
Großhaderner Str. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried
Phone: +49-89-2180-74132; E-Mail:

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