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Junior Professorship (W1) of Landscape Ecology
University of Potsdam
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the Faculty of Science
at the University of Potsdam invites applications for
Junior Professorship (W1) of Landscape Ecology
The research domain of this position is quantitative analysis of geo-ecosystems,
particularly interactions between abiotic and biotic system components. Research
should be focused on short (minutes and hours) to medium (years to centuries)
time scales, and on spatial scales from plots to landscapes. Interdependencies
between human activities and geo-ecological systems are also of special interest.
The candidate is expected to conduct internationally recognised basic research
with potential practical applications using empirical lab-based and/or quantitativemathematical
methods. We seek candidates with a record of publications in peerreviewed
international journals as well as initial successes in acquiring external
funding. Moreover, the successful candidate shall contribute to strengthening and
shaping the geo-ecology unit, but should also become involved with the University’s
Research Focus Groups on "Earth Sciences" and "Functional Ecology and Evolution,"
as well as with multi-partner initiatives on bio-geo-interactions. We offer
multiple disciplines in the Faculty of Science as well as many associated research
centres, e. g., AWI, GFZ, PIK, UFZ, ZALF, and thus altogether an excellent network
for research cooperation.
With regard to teaching, the successful candidate is expected to give classes on
Landscape Ecology at the undergraduate and graduate level in the study programs
in geo-ecology as well as in the master’s program in ecology, evolution and
nature conservation. In the medium term, teaching should extend to educational
programs in geography (Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education). Undergraduate
and graduate classes should be taught in German (level C1).
The following application requirements for junior professors must be documented
in accordance with Section 45 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (Brandenburgisches
Hochschulgesetz, BbgHG): a completed university degree, pedagogical
aptitude, and a special ability for scientific work, typically documented
by a dissertation project of outstanding quality. International experience, an outstanding
publication record, and teaching experience are also desirable. If the
applicant has worked as a research associate (Akademische Mitarbeiterin oder
Mitarbeiter) before or after the doctorate, then the sum total of years spent in
doctoral work and employment should not be more than six.
The appointment procedure is conducted in accordance with Section 40 BbgHG.
In accordance with Section 46 BbgHG, employment shall initially take the form of
a civil service position or an employment contract, both limited to up to four years.
An extension of the position can be granted for up to a total of six years, with the
junior professor’s consent, if she or he has proven themselves as a university
teacher. Another evaluation shall be conducted on a timely basis prior to the expiration
of the junior professorship. In the event that the outcome of the review is
positive, then the position is converted into a permanent professorship (tenure
track; www.uni-potsdam.de/tenure-track). The assessment and classification in
the W2 or W3 salary group (BbgBesO W) for such a lifetime professorship is
oriented towards Section 18 of the Brandenburg Compensation Law (Brandenburgisches
Besoldungsgesetz, or BbgBesG) and shall be done upon a positive
tenure decision in accordance with Section 46 of the BbgHG. The appointment
shall be made with the provisioning of an equivalent budgeted position.
The Ministry of Science, Research and Culture is currently working on an amendment
to Section 45 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG). According
to this amendment, the time spent in a scholarly position as one’s main profession
may not exceed six years between the last examination event in the doctoral
degree program and an application for a junior professorship with tenure track.
These periods of time increase to the extent working hours are reduced by at
least one-fifth of regular working hours, time which is granted for the supervision
or care of one or several children under 18 years of age or of other family relatives
requiring care. In view of the expected legislative amendment, persons who at
this time fulfill the anticipated requirements at the time of application should also
apply to the position.
Persons who meet the hiring requirements for a university professorship in
accordance with Section 41 subsection 1 no. 4a BbgHG cannot be considered in
the context of this hiring procedure.
The University strives for a balanced gender ratio at all levels. Severely disabled
applicants will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.
We expressly invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.
The University of Potsdam offers dual career support and coaching for newlyappointed
Applications (with a presentation of your research interests, curriculum
vitae, copies of academic certificates and documents, a list of publications, a
list of conducted courses and a list of externally funded projects) should be
sent (in a single PDF file) to the University of Potsdam at firstname.lastname@example.org August 31st, 2018.