The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology

The Master of Science in Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology (OEP Biology) is a research-oriented, international study program of the University of Bonn and several research institutes (LIB, Steinmann Institute). The major aim is to provide students with a broad understanding of all aspects of Organismic Biology.

Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity research connect various disciplines such as Systematics, Phylogeny, Molecular Biology, Ethology, Palaeobiology, Physiology, Ecology, Bioinformatics and many more. Since the LIB research expertise covers many of these areas, it is quite natural that the Museum was not only involved in founding this master program.

Many scientists working at the LIB in Bonn present lectures , courses and excursions, covering topics from application of bioinformatic tools in genomics, special courses in terrestrial, limnic and marine habitats, up to morphological and systematic courses on vertebrates and insects.

Update 2023:
Call for application Erasmus Staff Mobility with Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia (ISU)

Application deadline: May 1st 2023

The University of Bonn (UB) and the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Museum Koenig Bonn (LIB) want to strengthen their research cooperation with partners in the Southern Caucasus. The LIB has already firmly established an equal partner cooperation with the Institute of Ecology of ISU since over 10 years in various projects (e.g. GGBC, CaBOL). In 2022, the cooperation was further funded by Erasmus+ Worldwide KA171 “Mobility Projects with Partner Countries” by the European Union.

Funding for staff exchange:
- flight or other green options
- daily allowance of 180€

- 5 to 11 days

Who can apply?
Be a PhD candidate at the LIB or staff member at the University of Bonn or LIB and be ready to travel to Georgia and stay for at least 5 days.
Be fluent in English or Georgian.

As PhD candidate or academic staff…
…you have a research topic focusing on biodiversity, e.g. in taxonomy, systematics, ecology, molecular biodiversity research, ecology or related fields. …you have two semester teaching experience at B.Sc. and M.Sc. level and are willing to teach at least 8 hours at B.Sc. or M.Sc. level.
As administrative or technical staff…
…you want to establish or deepen cooperation with ISU’s administrative or technical bodies to enhance teaching or research management and support. …you actively participate in the day-to-day business at ISU.

Required documents
- short CV
- motivation letter
- invitation or recommendation letter
- teaching plan (only academic staff)

Selection criteria & how to apply
A selection panel will evaluate and rank all applications based on the provided documents and a transparent scoring matrix. Please send a single pdf application to: m.geiger [at]

Contact person

Head of Section
+49 228 9122-241
+49 228 9122-295
h.waegele [at]