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Junior Professorship (W1) for Theoretical Astrophysics (Tenure Track)
University of Potsdam
The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the
University of Potsdam invites applications for
Junior Professorship (W1)
for Theoretical Astrophysics
The University is seeking a young researcher who already has a strong research
record in theoretical astrophysics that supplements and/or complements current
astrophysical research at the department. The department’s main research topics
include the interstellar and intergalactic medium, stellar astrophysics, theoretical
and observational astroparticle physics, planetology, and others. The department
is closely connected with other local research institutes such as the Leibniz
Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton
(DESY), Zeuthen, and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (AEI).
In the context of this professorship, the department is particularly interested in
strengthening its cooperation with the AEI, for which (among others) the topics of
gravitational wave astronomy, compact objects, supernovas and cosmology are
Applicants should have demonstrated early excellence in research, proven by a
compelling publication record. Ideally, they already should have been successful
in the acquisition of third-party funding. The position involves teaching duties as
part of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Physics and Astrophysics
(in German and English).
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.
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