Foreign Language Assistant at the Dept. ‘Ecology of Animal Societies’

(part-time 50 % - fulltime, salary up to E 9a TV-L)

Reference Number 2022/281. The position is available for five years and can possibly be prolonged after this initial phase. The start date is as soon as possible. In principle, the fulltime position can be divided into two half-time positions.

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.

The newly founded Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies led by Prof. Meg Crofoot is a joint institution of the University of Konstanz with the nearby Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and has close ties to the University’s Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour.

The department embraces an explicitly collaborative approach to scientific exploration. Its multidisciplinary team works together to develop new ways of measuring, analyzing and interpreting the behaviour of socially complex animal species in ecologically and evolutionarily relevant field settings. To understand the causes and consequences of social variation, the department takes comparative approach, analyzing social interactions—from dyad to group to population—within and between species. Our working language is English and consequently applicants must be fluent in this language.

Your Responsibilities

  • Organizational and administrative tasks of a scientific department
  • Correspondence in German and English language
  • Budget monitoring and financial forecasting
  • Administrating the equipment data-base
  • Appointment and travel management
  • Organization of events
  • Preparation of personnel measures
  • Purchase of scientific equipment and follow up
  • General secretarial work
  • Contact person for all department employees

Your Competencies

  • Completed training as a foreign language assistant or equivalent qualification
  • Excellent German and English, both written and spoken, Spanish knowledge desirable
  • Experience and confident handling of common office software
  • Ability to learn new computer programs and internet applications independently
  • Interest in research and pleasure in dealing with people
  • High level of organizational and communication skills
  • Independent and cooperative working style, reliability, diligence, flexibility and service oriented commitment
  • Driving license

We Offer

  • An interesting workplace in an open-minded team
  • A responsible and varied job in a growing interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research institute
  • Classification according to the tariff regulations of TV-L (depending on the personal prerequisites up to pay group E 9a TV-L)

If you have any questions, please contact Katrin Dieter (

All applications and supporting materials, including a letter of motivation describing your relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references (one of whom is familiar with your organizational skills) must be submitted in English via our Online Application Portal.

We look forward to receiving your application including the mentioned documents until December 31, 2022 via our Online Application Portal.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact, + 49 7531 88-4016).



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