Professorship in Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology

University of Bern Institute of Plant Sciences


Professorship (Open Rank) in Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology

The Faculty of Science at the University of Bern, Switzerland, invites applications for a

Professorship (Open Rank) in Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology

The Institute of Plant Sciences conducts research and teaching at all levels of biological organization. To complement our team, we seek a colleague with an excellent scientific track record, a clear research and teaching vision and proven teaching and communication skills. The successful candidate should complement the current scientific strengths and methods of the Institute of Plant Sciences and appreciate its broad and integrative research portfolio. The candidate is expected to use state-of-the-art experimental approaches to address fundamental questions and to establish a complementary and independent research program in the field of Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, molecular biology of plant environment interactions, cellular signaling and its physiological consequences, physiological mechanisms and genomics of growth and reproduction and biochemistry of primary and secondary metabolism. This position includes teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It requires fluency in English and the willingness to acquire German.

The position may be filled at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure track), Associate Professor (tenured) or Full Professor. Scientists at all levels, including junior scientists with proven independence, are encouraged to apply. The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and strives to increase the number of women in the faculty.

The Institute of Plant Sciences provides research facilities and supports funding for research staff. Applications should include a motivation letter, CV, full publication list, a two-page statement on future research and teaching interests at the IPS (as a single pdf), and the filled-in questionnaire (as a separate excel or csv file, to download at

Applications should be sent to (Prof. Zoltan Balogh, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Bern, Sidlerstr. 5, 3012 Bern, Switzerland). Deadline for application is 24. January 2021. A recruitment symposium, either online or in presence, will be held from 25. March to 26. March 2021. For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Matthias Erb, Director, Institute of Plant Sciences (

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