Professor in Systematic and Comparative Botany

The Faculty of Science at the University of Zurich invites applications for an

Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Systematic and Comparative Botany

We seek innovative applicants with a strong record in research; experience in teaching is desirable. Applicants with expertise in plant macroevolution, phylogenomics, comparative morphology, biodiversity-informatics, macroecology, or herbarium genomics are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant is expected to develop a complementary and independent research program in systematic botany and to acquire external funding. Contributions to the existing undergraduate and graduate teaching efforts in systematics, evolution, and organismic botany will also constitute an integral part of the position. The successful applicant will be located at the campus Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich.

The University of Zurich provides generous research support, including dedicated funds for personnel, running expenses and competitive start-up packages. Zurich’s scientific environment includes a rich spectrum of research activities across the sciences and provides extensive opportunities for collaboration with research groups at the University of Zurich and other leading Swiss research institutions. The Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany holds an extensive herbarium being a nationally and internationally significant collection. 

The employment conditions for this position follow the legal regulations of the University of Zurich (see, which include part-time options. The University of Zurich is an equal opportunity employer and in particular strives to increase the percentage of women in leading positions (see Therefore, qualified female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. The city of Zurich combines a stimulating cultural scene in a modern European city with easy access to a beautiful natural landscape.

Academics with the appropriate qualifications are kindly invited to submit their applications including:

- a curriculum vitae
- lists of publications and research funding
- outlines of research and teaching programs
- plans to develop the discipline further (major problems and possible solutions)
- names and contact details of three referees

Please address your application to Prof. Roland Sigel, Dean of the Faculty of Science. Upload your application as a single pdf file to by 31 May 2019.

For further information, please contact Prof. Florian Schiestl at