Vacancy from Job ID: 230/2021

Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences seeks to fill the above position at the earliest possible opportunity.

The Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics (TET) working group deals with the mathematical structure and phenomenology of general relativity and quantum field theory on curved space-time, also with regard to questions from quantum information theory, and the physics of black holes. The working group is internationally visible and successful in attracting external funding, e.g. within the framework of the Research Training Group RTG 2522 Strong Dynamics and Criticality in Quantum and Gravitational Systems between the ITP and the TPI of the University of Jena, or the “Cooperation to Strengthen Mathematical Physics” (M.FE. A.MATN0003) between the ITP, the Mathematical Institute, and the Max Planck Institute MPI-MiS.

About the position

  • Initially limited for 2 years. The fixed-term employment will either be based on the German Act on Fixed-Term Employment Contracts in Academia (WissZeitVG) with a qualification planning or according to Sect. 14(2) of the German Part-Time and Fixed-Term Employment Act (TzBfG), if there was no previous employment with the Free State of Saxony. In the event of a successful evaluation by the working group, there is the possibility of tenure. A positive evaluation will depend on the person’s ability to cooperate scientifically with the working group TET, proven by outstanding joint publications, and a successful assessment of their teaching activities, ideally on the basis of evaluations.
  • 100 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group 14 TV-L.


  • Qualification within the TET working group’s research profile as described above through scientific research
  • Independent teaching in different forms, such as lectures, advanced seminars, project papers, e-learning and final theses (BSc and MSc) equivalent to 4 hours per week during term time
  • Supporting efforts to build up a Center for Mathematical Physics
  • Scientific organisation, such as organising workshops and conferences
  • Preparation of grants for external funding
  • Technical and administrative tasks, in particular within the TET working group, but also within the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, for example maintenance of the TET working group’s local computer network.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant subject
  • PhD in theoretical physics or a related subject of mathematics
  • High potential for scientific cooperation with the Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics (TET) working group led by Professor S. Hollands, as evidenced by relevant expertise (usually proven by relevant publications) in the areas of: theoretical and mathematical physics of black holes or quantum field theory on curved space-time, to be understood in the narrower sense of the specialisations in terms of topics and techniques represented by the TET working group
  • Willingness to acquire German language skills at a level that is appropriate for the teaching requirements
  • Highly desirable: concrete connection potential with the “Cooperation to Strengthen Mathematical Physics” (M.FE.A.MATN0003) between the ITP, the Mathematical Institute, and the Max Planck Institute MPI-MiS
  • Desirable: experience in teaching, especially at German universities.

What we offer

  • A modern workplace and attractive working conditions
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Targeted personnel development in all phases of your professional life with further training opportunities
  • Pension plan
  • Local public transport ticket at a reduced price (MDV-JobTicket)

Please send your application with the usual documents quoting reference number 230/2021, to: Leipzig University, Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, Professor Christoph Jacobi, Linnéstraße 5, 04103 Leipzig by 30 September 2021. You are also welcome to EMAIL  your application as a single PDF file. Please note that it is not possible to guarantee confidentiality and rule out unauthorised access by third parties when communicating by unencrypted email.
We kindly request that you submit copies only, as we are unable to return application documents. Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

Leipzig University aims to increase the proportion of women in positions of responsibility and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply. Severely disabled persons – or persons deemed legally equal to them under Book IX of the German Social Code – are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

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