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Professorship (W3) for Biology with a focus on Resistance in Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Universität Hamburg
Hamburg (DE)
Salary level: W3
Closing date
Jan 29, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biology, Botany/Plant Science, Cell Biology
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Professorship (W3) for Biology with a focus on Resistance in Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Institution: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences
Salary level: W3
Commencement of duties: as soon as possible
Application deadline: 2022-02-10


The successful candidate will be expected to teach and focus their research in the fields of infection biology and the biology of resistance.

The successful candidate must have outstanding scientific qualifications in the fields of biotrophic interactions and plant infection and be internationally renowned in this research area. It is also expected that the successful candidate will use interdisciplinary approaches to examine both sides of biotrophic interactions: the molecular infection mechanisms of the pathogen as well as the critical regulatory hubs in the host plant’s immune system. The successful candidate will be expected to focus on researching pathogenic effectors and their effects, especially in crop plants, in order to better understand the fundamental molecular basis of plant defense. The application of noninvasive methods for phenotyping is desired. The successful applicant is expected to engage in the biotechnological transfer of research in order to establish molecular tools for plant research and, specifically, for enhancing plant defenses against pathogens.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in shaping the University’s core research area Infection Research. The successful candidate is expected to develop cooperation with other faculties (especially with the Faculty of Medicine), with biomedical nonuniversity research institutions (Heinrich Pette Institute Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Research Center Borstel), and with the Centre for Structural Systems Biology.

Section 12 subsection 7 sentence 2 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) applies.


Academic qualifications and additional requirements as specified in Section 15 HmbHG.

Additional Criteria

Applicants are expected to have international research experience as well as a successful track record in acquiring external funding and carrying out externally funded projects.

The University places particular emphasis on the quality of teaching and therefore requests that applicants provide details of their teaching experience and objectives.

Non-German-speaking post holders are expected to acquire the language skills necessary to teach in German (Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) within two years of commencing employment.

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

In accordance with Section 14 subsection 3 sentence 3 HmbHG, Universität Hamburg seeks to increase the proportion of women in teaching and research and encourages female academics to apply.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Hoth
+49 40 42816-582

Reference number

Bundesstraße 55
20146 Hamburg

Application deadline

Please submit your application with your CV, list of publications, teaching experience, successful external funding record, copies of certification and documents, three representative publications, teaching and research plans, additional evidence of skills and experience, such as presentations, posters, significant roles held in organizations, etc. where available, preferably by email in a single PDF file, to or per post to:

An den Präsidenten
Universität Hamburg
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the academic search procedure is set to proceed digitally. More information is available from the chair of the search committee.

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