Professorships and Management Personnel

As an exciting centre of teaching and research in Leipzig, we strive to attract the best academics to our university. Listed below are our vacant positions for professors, junior professors and senior managerial staff:

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine seeks to fill the following professorship from 1 April 2021:

W3 Professorship in Physiology (Veterinary Medicine)

The job holder will represent the subject of physiology for veterinarians in teaching and research. The professorship will be expected to participate in the Faculty’s main research areas as well as Leipzig University’s Modern Diseases research profile area. We are looking for an outstanding personality with a competitive research record and a focus on subjects relevant for veterinary medicine. Applications should include evidence of experience in publishing in international peer-reviewed journals as well as in raising third-party funds.
The job holder’s rights and obligations are regulated by the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG) and the Saxon Service Regulations for Higher Education Institutions (DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of Section 58 SächsHSFG, and provide proof of veterinary approval and recognition as a specialist veterinarian (for applications from within Germany).

Leipzig University is committed to the equality of women and men.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Please send your application with the usual documents (including a detailed CV, a list of scientific work and academic teaching including any records of teaching evaluations, and a certified copy of the certificate of the highest academic degree acquired to date), preferably also in digital format as a single PDF document, to:

Leipzig University
Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Professor Thomas Vahlenkamp
An den Tierkliniken 19
D-04103 Leipzig

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by 30 December 2019.

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The Faculty of Philology seeks to fill the following position at the earliest opportunity:

W2 Professorship in American Cultural History

(Successor to Professor Crister Garrett)

The position is in the field of US American Cultural History with a focus on historical scholarship. While the successful candidate is expected to cover the full range of the field, we prefer candidates with a specialization in contemporary history and an interdisciplinary orientation toward the social sciences. In addition, we expect the candidate to bring a strong academic profile in at least one of the following areas: Intellectual History, Economic and Social History, Political Cultures, Inter-/Transnational Studies.

The successful candidate needs to have substantial experience in English-language teaching in the field, excellent publications in internationally refereed venues, and a track record in successful grant applications. His/her research needs to be compatible with Leipzig University’s research profile areas. Further prerequisites are a capacity for teamwork and a proven commitment to working in the University’s academic self-governance, including the necessary command of the German language. Excellent international contacts and expertise in the field of public outreach are additionally desirable.

The job holder’s rights and obligations are regulated by the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG) and the Saxon Service Regulations for Higher Education Institutions (DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of Section 58 SächsHSFG.

Leipzig University is committed to the equality of women and men.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Applications including a detailed CV, a research and teaching statement, a list of academic publications and classes taught, including available records of teaching evaluations, as well as certified copies of the highest academic degree acquired and certificate(s) proving your professional qualification for the advertised position should be submitted before 6 December 2019. Please submit a printed or an electronic version of your application (as one PDF file) to:

Leipzig University
Dean of the Faculty of Philology
Professor Beat Siebenhaar
Beethovenstr. 15
04107 Leipzig

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Closing date:

6 December 2019


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The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science seeks to fill the following professorship from 1 April 2021:

W3 Professorship in Basics of Knowledge Representation

(Successor to Professor Gerhard Brewka)

The Faculty is looking for an internationally recognised scientist in the field of artificial intelligence. Applicants should have proven research experience in one of the formal methods of AI: knowledge representation and inference, problem solving and planning, or explainable AI. Broad teaching experience in computer science is expected. The successful candidate will have experience in publishing in international peer-reviewed journals as well as in raising third-party funds. The tasks of this professorship include teaching on all degree programmes at the Institute of Computer Science. Participation in existing and new research networks that aligns with the University’s Mathematical and Computational Sciences research profile area is expected.

The job holder’s rights and obligations are regulated by the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG) and the Saxon Service Regulations for Higher Education Institutions (DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of Section 58 SächsHSFG.

Leipzig University is committed to the equality of women and men.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Please send your application with the usual documents (including a detailed CV, a list of scientific work and academic teaching including any records of teaching evaluations, and a certified copy of the certificate of the highest academic degree acquired to date), preferably also in digital format as a single PDF document, to:

Leipzig University
Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Professor Martin Middendorf
Augustusplatz 10
04109 Leipzig

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by no later than 29 November 2019.

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The Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy seeks to fill the following professorship from 1 October 2021:

W3 Professorship in Sociology with a Focus on Theory

(Successor to Professor Thomas Voss)

The holder of the position is expected to represent the theoretical foundations of sociology and their history. His or her work possesses connectivity to empirical social research and matches the corresponding profile of Leipzig University’s Institute of Sociology. A focus should be on analytical theory of action and social theory, formal modelling, network research or computational social sciences. The successful candidate will have experience in publishing in international peer-reviewed journals as well as in raising third-party funds.

This professorship is intended to participate in the new nationwide Institute for the Research of Societal Integration as part of the University’s research profile area of “Global Connections and Comparisons”.

The job holder’s rights and obligations are regulated by the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG) and the Saxon Service Regulations for Higher Education Institutions (DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of Section 58 SächsHSFG.

Leipzig University is committed to the equality of women and men.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Please send your application with the usual documents (including a detailed CV, a list of scientific work and academic teaching including any records of teaching evaluations, and a certified copy of the certificate of the highest academic degree acquired to date), preferably also in digital format as a single PDF document, to

Leipzig University
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Professor Roger Berger
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig
Germany

by no later than 1 November 2019.

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Closing date:
1 November 2019

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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine seeks to fill the following professorship, starting on 1 April 2020:

W3 Professorship in Biochemistry (Veterinary Medicine)

The job holder will represent the subject of biochemistry for veterinarians in teaching and research. Participation in teaching chemistry in veterinary medicine is desired; this will be organised in liaison with Leipzig University’s Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy. The chair is expected to participate in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s main research areas as well as those of Leipzig University’s Modern Diseases research profile area.
We are looking for an outstanding personality with a competitive record in biomedical research and a focus on subjects of relevance to veterinary medicine. High-standing publication and grant acquisition records should be submitted with the application. Ideally, the successful candidate will be a licensed veterinarian.

The job holder’s rights and obligations are regulated by the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act and the Saxon Service Regulations for Higher Education Institutions (DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of Section 58 SächsHSFG and, if necessary, provide proof of a veterinary permit and recognition as a specialist veterinarian (if applying from within Germany).

Please send your printed application with the usual documents (including a detailed CV, a list of scientific work and academic teaching including any records of teaching evaluations, and a certified copy of the certificate of the highest academic degree acquired to date), preferably also in digital format as one PDF document, to:

Leipzig University

Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Professor Walter Brehm
An den Tierkliniken 19
04103 Leipzig

by no later than 23 August 2019.

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Leipzig University is committed to the equality of women and men. Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.


Closing date:

23 August 2019


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The Faculty of Education invites applications for the following position, to be filled from 1 April 2020:

W3 professorship “Early Child Development”

The successful applicant will cover Early Child Development in research and teaching, taking psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives into account. Principled readiness to assume the directorship of the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development (LFE) is expected. The successful candidate is required to have a distinguished, international research record in at least two of the following key research fields:

  • Social interaction in childhood
  • Development of communicative skills
  • Cognitive development
  • Social learning/social-cognitive development
  • Emotional development 

We are looking for someone experienced in using quantitative and experimental methods (e.g. experimental behavioural studies, response time studies, eye-tracking). Furthermore, expertise in the application of peripheral-physiological measures (e.g. pupillometry, EMG, skin conductive resistance), neurophysiological measures (e.g. EEG, fNIRS), or culture-comparative or species-comparative experimental studies is desired. International experience, experience of applying for third-party funding, the ability to conduct courses in English as well as the interest and capability to participate in interdisciplinary research projects (e.g. with clinical psychology, educational psychology, philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience) are required. Additionally, teaching experience in the field of child development is required and is desirable in the field of statistics/methodology.

The successful candidate will lead a core working group at the LFE, based at the Faculty of Education. The LFE bundles expertise in the field of early child development at Leipzig University and across Germany, and cooperates closely with other research centres in Leipzig, such as for example the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Neuroscience as well as the Leipzig University Clinic.

Responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Further development of the LFE (e.g. further networking with other faculties and international cooperation partners, development of interdisciplinary exchange and qualification formats)
  • Initiation and coordination of international and national collaborative research projects in the field of early child development
  • Management of the international master`s program Early Childhood Research (ECR) based at the Faculty of Education and the provision of courses within this program
  • Pursuit of excellent international research projects

We offer a stimulating, interdisciplinary, and international research and teaching environment with wide-ranging opportunities for development and cooperation at a location that not only has a long tradition of psychological research, but is increasingly becoming the centre of childhood-related research in Germany.

Rights and obligations of the jobholder are specified within the Saxonian university law (Sächsisches Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz, SächsHSFG) and the Saxonian public service task regulation (Sächsische Dienstaufgabenverordnung, DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of § 58 SächsHSFG.

Leipzig University places value on the equality of women and men at work.

Applicants with handicaps are encouraged to apply and shall be given preference if equally qualified.

Please submit applications together with the usual documents (enclosing a list of scientific papers and academic teaching, including available records for evaluation, a certified copy of the highest acquired academic qualification and proof of qualification for the appointment field) in printed and electronic form (a single pdf file) within 25 October 2019 to:

Leipzig University
Dean of the Faculty of Education
Prof. Dr. Simone Reinhold
Marschnerstr. 31
04109 Leipzig
Germany

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Closing date:

25 October 2019


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Academic staff

An interesting and varied range of tasks awaits our academic staff. Leipzig University is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

PostDoc (m/F/d)

Fixed-term contract until 30 June 2022
Full-time (40 hours/week)
Planned remuneration: salary group (Entgeltgruppe) E13 TV-L

The Structure and Properties of Complex Materials Unit at the Felix Bloch Institute for Solid State Physics of the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences seeks to fill the above position at the earliest possible opportunity.

Headed by Professor Claudia Schnohr, the Unit investigates the correlation between the structure and properties of complex semiconductors. To that end, the Unit applies advanced characterisation techniques, in particular synchrotron-based methods such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). In a BMBF-funded project, a new experimental setup for the detection of X-ray-induced optical luminescence (XEOL) is to be implemented at the storage ring PETRA III in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg. Structural and electronic defects in high-efficiency thin-film solar cells will then be investigated and identified using this new setup. The place of work will initially be DESY in Hamburg and later on either DESY in Hamburg or Leipzig University.

Activities:

  • Installation of a XEOL setup at the XAS Beamline P65 of PETRA III (DESY) and participation in its integration into the existing IT infrastructure; demonstration of the operational readiness and the capabilities of the new setup
  • Investigation of deep defects in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and Cu(In,Ga)S2 thin-film solar cells using XEOL and XAS; presentation and publication of results
  • Project administration (preparation of progress reports and the final report, etc.)

Requirements:

  • PhD in physics (or equivalent) with excellent grades
  • Experience with optical spectroscopy (in particular photoluminescence spectroscopy) and/or synchrotron-based analytical techniques (in particular X-ray absorption spectroscopy)
  • Detailed knowledge of solid state physics and semiconductor physics
  • Knowledge in the fields of measuring technology and electronics as well as vacuum technology, refrigeration technology and high voltage technology desirable
  • Programming experience, in particular with Python and C/C++, desirable
  • Highly motivated, independent and responsible as well as communicative and team-minded in an international scientific working environment
  • Excellent English (written and spoken)

Please send your application, with the usual documents and quoting reference number 254/2019, to

Leipzig University
Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences
Dean Professor Jürgen Haase
Linnéstraße 5
04103 Leipzig
Germany

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by no later than 7 November 2019.

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Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

in the project “THE JENA EXPERIMENT - SUBPROJECT 4: Plant diversity, plant history, and soil history effects on the temporal dynamics of plant and soil activity”

Fixed term until 31 January 2024
65% FTE
Salary group: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L

Leipzig University seeks to fill the above position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig in Leipzig from 1 February 2020.

Background:

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig is a National Research Centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in this emerging field. Located in Leipzig, it is a Central Institution of Leipzig University and jointly hosted by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). More Information about iDiv: www.idiv.de.

The Jena Experiment is a DFG Research Unit that explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms of long-term biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships. The Research Unit’s subprojects aim at exploring variation in community assembly processes and resulting differences in biotic interactions as determinants of the long-term BEF relationship. The unification of evolutionary and ecosystem processes requires collaboration across the subprojects in targeted plant and soil history experiments using cutting-edge technology and will produce significant synergies and novel mechanistic insights into BEF relationships.

The Jena Experiment Research Unit is uniquely positioned in this context, taking an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to capture whole-ecosystem responses to changes in biodiversity and to advance a vibrant research field. Subproject 4 will explore the influence of plant diversity, plant history, and soil history on community phenology (i.e. the onset, magnitude, duration, and stability of activity patterns of plants and soil organisms). It will test whether these factors drive temporal niche differentiation and stability of activity periods, as well as whether these responses strengthen over time. For more information please visit www.the-jena-experiment.de.

Tasks:

  • Novel research on major questions of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research
  • Performing field work and laboratory analyses by collecting bi-weekly plant and soil samples year round
  • Mixed model analysis of variance, time series analysis, and structural equation modelling
  • Writing and publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presenting results at national and international conferences

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in ecology or a closely related discipline
  • Expertise in plant and/or soil ecology
  • Interest and ability in interdisciplinary collaboration with a diverse range of ecologists
  • Strong statistical skills (in R)
  • Experience of plant- and/or soil-related field work
  • Excellent English communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Team-oriented and strong organisational skills

Kindly submit your application, quoting reference number 255/2019
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, via our application portal at apply.idiv.de. Applications close on 31 October 2019. While we prefer applications via this portal, hard-copy applications may also be sent to:

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv
Professor Nico Eisenhauer
Deutscher Platz 5e, D-04103 Leipzig

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter (in English or German) describing motivation for the project, research interests and relevant experience
  • Complete curriculum vitae including names and contact details of at least two scientific references
  • Digital copy of master’s certificate

Queries concerning the application process should be directed to our HR Department (hr(at)idiv.de); for project-related questions, please contact Professor Nico Eisenhauer (nico.eisenhauer(at)idiv.de). Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability. Please note that applying via email is not entirely secure under data protection law. The sender assumes full responsibility.

iDiv is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community that collectively supports and implements our mission to do great science. We will welcome, recruit, develop, and advance talented staff from diverse genders and backgrounds.

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Doctoral Researcher (M/F/D)

in the project “the jena experiment - subproject 8: chemical and morphological traits as mediators of biotic interactions along plant diversity gradients”

Fixed term until 31 January 2024
65% FTE
Salary group: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L

In cooperation with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig University seeks to fill the above position at the Faculty of Life Sciences in Leipzig from 1 February 2020.

Background:

Leipzig is a global hotspot for biodiversity research. Leipzig University and its partner universities in Central Germany, Halle and Jena, jointly run the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig (www.idiv.de). The Special Botany and Functional Biodiversity Research group offers an international environment created by a very active and diverse group covering expertise in experimental and observational approaches and a wide range of statistical and eco-informatics methods; lab facilities include NIRS, IRMS, elemental and lignin analysis, spectrometry, laser scanning, dendrochronology and a fully equipped plant trait lab. Field facilities run by the group include the University’s Botanical Garden, the Leipzig Canopy Crane and a research arboretum. The group is co-leading the TRY initiative and is heavily involved in DFG Research Units in the field of functional biodiversity research. For more information on the group’s work, please visit biologie.biphaps.uni-leipzig.de/de/ag/spezbot/.

The Jena Experiment is a DFG Research Unit that explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms of long-term biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships. The Research Unit’s subprojects aim at exploring variation in community assembly processes and resulting differences in biotic interactions as determinants of the long-term BEF relationship. The unification of evolutionary and ecosystem processes requires collaboration across the subprojects in targeted plant and soil history experiments using cutting-edge technology and will produce significant synergies and novel mechanistic insights into BEF relationships.

The Jena Experiment Research Unit is uniquely positioned in this context, taking an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to capture whole-ecosystem responses to changes in biodiversity and to advance a vibrant research field. Subproject 8 will explore the influence of plant diversity, plant history, and soil history on plant defence traits, examining morphological and chemical root and shoot traits which represent different aspects of plant adaptive strategies (physical barriers, palatability and toxicity). The aim is to provide a mechanistic, trait-based explanation of the primarily negative feedback effects observed in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships. For more information please visit www.the-jena-experiment.de.

Tasks:

  • Novel research on major questions of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research
  • Performing field work by collecting plant root and shoot samples in coordinated sampling campaigns
  • Performing laboratory analyses using a wide variety of anatomical, morphological and chemical methods including comparative plant metabolomics
  • Mixed model analysis of variance, multivariate analyses, and structural equation modelling
  • Writing and publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presenting results at national and international conferences

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in ecology or a closely related discipline
  • Expertise in plant and/or soil ecology
  • Interest and ability in interdisciplinary collaboration with a diverse range of ecologists
  • Strong statistical skills (in R)
  • Experience of plant- and/or soil-related field work
  • Excellent English communication skills (spoken and written)
  • Team-oriented and strong organisational skills

Kindly submit your application, quoting reference number 256/2019, via our application portal at apply.idiv.de. Applications close on 31 October 2019. While we prefer applications via this portal, hard-copy applications may also be sent to:

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv
Professor Alexandra Weigelt
Deutscher Platz 5e, D-04103 Leipzig

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter (in English or German) describing motivation for the project, research interests and relevant experience
  • Complete curriculum vitae including names and contact details of at least two scientific references
  • Digital copy of master’s certificate

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This is just a small selection of the vacancies currently available at Leipzig University. Please click here for a complete list (in German) of all job opportunities.

 

 

 

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