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W 1 Junior Professorship with W 2 Tenure in the field of Molecular Biology (m/f/d)

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz (DE)
Closing date
May 22, 2022

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Life Sciences, Molecular Biology
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The Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the Landau Campus of the University of Koblenz-Landau are in the process of forming a joint university for engineering and technology. We are looking to you to help shape the future of our new university in 2023, based in Kaiserslautern.

The Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) is a scientific research university with international visibility. In basic research, it is particularly active in six collaborative research centres (CRCs) and transregional-CRCs. Important topics of application-oriented research are worked on in close cooperation with the ten research institutes on site. The TUK is recognized for its campus orientated lifestyle with short distances between all facilities, thereby fostering a strong academic community spirit.

TUK stands for the diversity of all employees. We welcome applications from all interested people, regardless of their of ethnic and social origin, age, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation or identity. The TUK aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages qualified female academics to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified (please attach proof). Applications of scientists from abroad are explicitly welcome.

Faculty Biology
W 1 Junior Professorship with W 2 Tenure
in the field of Molecular Biology (m/f/d)

Term: temporary civil service (for 6 years)
Scope: Full time
Start: as of the next possible date
Salary: W 1 LBesG

We are seeking:

Within the framework of the Program for the Promotion of Early Career Researchers by the German Federal and State Governments (WISNA) the TUK has a tenure-track professorship in the Department of Biology W 1 Junior Professorship with W 2 Tenure in the field of Molecular Biology (m/f/d) to be filled as soon as possible.

The tenure-track professorship is funded by the WISNA programme, which is a programme that specifically targets early career scientists. We therefore explicitly encourage recently qualified PhD graduates to apply. Eligibility for funding within the WISNA programme is a prerequisite for appointment. In order to qualify, a short period of post-doctoral work is required to demonstrate your ability to initiate and conduct independent research at the highest level in the field of molecular biology.

The position includes a competitive allocation of materials as well as personnel resources. The position will initially be filled as a W 1 temporary civil servant position for six years. In addition to an interim evaluation, a tenure track evaluation will be conducted at the end of the term, based on clearly defined and transparent criteria. These criteria are defined together with the successful applicant at the time of appointment. After successful completion of the tenure track evaluation, the appointment is made with tenure in grade W 2, provided that the general requirements under civil service law are met. The procedure is regulated under the statutes on quality assurance for appointments at the TUK.

Our requirement profile:

The appointee will represent the department in research and teaching. Applicants are expected to have outstanding research achievements in the field of molecular biology. The thematic focus should reinforce already existing research interests in membrane and/or systems biology at the TUK.

The applicant should ideally also extend the range of research techniques available in the Department of Biology, e.g., with respect to lipid or metabolite biochemistry or biophysical protein analysis.

In addition, a connection to one of the specializations of Microbial and Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology or Neurobiology as well as to the Research Training Group GRK 2737, the TransRegio Collaborative Research Center TRR 175 or the State Research Center BioComp is required.

A career path reflecting an excellent publication record and the basis for an internationally competitive research profile are the expectation of the successful candidate. Additionally, success in attracting third-party funds and very good didactic skills are advantageous.

Depending on the specific thematic orientation, a commitment to teaching in the Bachelor's and Master's programs is expected.

The State of Rhineland-Palatinate and TUK advocate a supervision concept in which a high degree of in-presence teaching, on the university premises, is expected from staff. In addition to the general service requirements, the hiring requirements regulated in § 54 of the Rhineland-Palatinate Higher Education Act apply.

Your application:

We look forward to receiving your application by May 20, 2022 at the latest.

Please submit your application with a curriculum vitae, a description of your previous and future research focus, information on previous teaching activities and third-party funding, as well as a list of publications with up to four original publications via the "Online Application" button below or via our application portal (

Your contact in the Department of Biology is dean Prof. Dr. Nicole Frankenberg-Dinkel (

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