Professorship of Pathology of Trees

University of Freiburg Department of Forest Sciences


Tenure-Track Professorship for Pathology of Trees
The University of Freiburg invites applications for the Tenure-Track Professorship for Pathology of Trees at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources in the Department of Forest Sciences. | term for filing application: 30.09.2020
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The University of Freiburg invites applications for the

Tenure-Track Professorship for Pathology of Trees
at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources in the Department of Forest Sciences.
Fulltime position, Start-date: 01.10.2021

This is a grade W1-professorship to which performance payments can be offered.

This professorship is suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.

The professorship represents the field of "Tree Pathology" in research and teaching. The research focusses on fungal diseases and their ecology, both in terms of emergence as well as prevention and environmental control with a focus on Central Europe. Special attention should be paid to newly introduced and potentially importable pathogens on forest trees. The professorship thus makes a significant contribution to the sustainable protection of trees and forests, which in turn has not only ecological, but also economic and social significance. Cooperation within the faculty, in particular with the new Chair of Forest Genetics (in the field of resistance research) and the Chair of Forest Entomology and Forest Protection, as well as with the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg, is desired.

A special commitment to teaching in forestry and environmental science programs is expected. The emphasis in teaching is on the importance, recognition and control of tree diseases. Additional teaching contributions are planned in the fields of mycology incl. identification of fungi, microbiology and arboriculture.

The ideal candidate has:

  • research experience in the field of mycological phytopathology of woody plants
  • expertise in the field of quarantine organisms
  • an interdisciplinary and international research profile  

Prerequisites for the employment are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. This position is a fixed term of four years. After a successful interim evaluation, it will be extended by two years. Furthermore, the tenure procedure towards Full Professorship W3 will be initiated after successful interim evaluation.

The tenure procedures are regulated in the Statutes and Quality Assurance Concept for Junior Professorships and Tenure-Track Professorships and agreed upon with the Ministry of Science ( As a prerequisite for granting tenure and the subsequent conversion into a full professorship (W3) (1) the requirements defined in the Statutes and Quality Assurance Concept have to be met and (2) the subject specific criteria determined by the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources have to be met.

The following application documents are to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates of degrees and academic qualifications
  • Complete list of papers and talks with specification of the three most important publications (including ORCID-ID, Google Scholar Citation Index or similar)
  • List of current and past projects including financial volume
  • Concept for future priorities in research and teaching (short version of 1-2 pages)
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.
Please send your application in English including supporting documents and the citing the reference number 00001187, by 30.09.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
An den Vorsitzenden der Berufungskommission,
Prof. Dr. Heiner Schanz, Dekan der Fakultät für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Tennenbacher Str. 4, 79106 Freiburg i.Br.;
For further information, please contact Prof.Dr. Heiner Schanz on the phone number +49 761 203-8502 or E-Mail Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the .
General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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