Junior Professor of Ecosystem Analysis and Simulation

University of Bayreuth Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences


Junior Professor of Ecosystem Analysis & Simulation (pay grade: W1) with Tenure Track to W3


The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences at the University of Bayreuth is currently seeking to appoint a

Junior Professor of Ecosystem Analysis & Simulation (pay grade: W1) with Tenure Track to W3

to commence on 1 October 2021 (minimum salary per month: 4,912 euros).

Ecology and Environmental Research is a focus area of the University of Bayreuth. The professorship deals with the analysis and simulation of terrestrial ecosystems on a regional to supraregional scale, using modern mathematical methods such as artificial intelligence. The research emphasizes change in biogeochemical and/or ecological processes, also in connection with climate change and land use change. Well-founded knowledge of mathematical / statistical methods for analysis, modeling and simulation of ecosystems is expected.

The successful candidate will teach courses relating to ecosystem analysis and simulation mainly in Environmental Sciences – Geoecology and other study programmes in earth sciences. The ability to teach in English is also expected.

Willingness to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation in the Bayreuth Center for Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER) and in African Studies as well as in the SFB 1357 Microplastic at the University of Bayreuth is expected.

In addition to the general administrative requirements, prerequisites for this position are a university degree, proven excellence in teaching, and the ability to carry out scholarly research (generally demonstrated by the quality of the applicant’s doctoral research). If the candidate was employed as a graduate assistant or research associate prior to or subsequent to earning his or her doctorate, the total duration of the doctoral research phase and the employment phase should not exceed six years. The requirements given in §7 of the university’s Bayreuth Track Regulations also apply.

The successful candidate will initially be hired as a fixed-term civil servant for a period of three years and may be extended for an additional three years upon successful evaluation in the third year of employment. The teaching load is currently set at 5 hours of instruction in the first phase and 7 hours of instruction in the second phase.

The performance agreement, which defines the criteria for the interim and tenure evaluation, is drawn up by the university and the applicant during the appointment negotiations. The agreement shall include criteria in the categories of Research and Academic Teaching, and may also include Third Mission and Academic Engagement. The appointment to the W3 professorship depends exclusively on the outcome of the tenure evaluation. After successful tenure evaluation, the candidate is appointed University Professor (W 3) as a permanent civil servant. Further information on the Bayreuth Track process can be found under https://www.uni-bayreuth.de/en/university/work-at-the-university/appointment-process/index.html).

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality.  Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club Family at University, and it offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Please send your cover letter and supporting documents (CV outlining education and academic career, list of publications, list of courses taught, a description of your research, as well as copies of all diplomas and certificates) as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) to the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences (dekanat.bcg@uni-bayreuth.de) by 15 March 2020. Application documents cannot be returned to the applicant, and if unsuccessful, the files will be permanently disposed of in accordance with data protection law.





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