Uni¬versity Pro¬fessor – salary grade W2 (OE232)

Uni¬versity Pro¬fessor – salary grade W2 (OE232)

Ini­tially restric­ted to five years, with the pos­sib­il­ity of being con­tin­ued as a ten­ured W3 pos­i­tion upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the ten­ure eval­u­ation for the chair of “Urban Eco­sys­tem Sci­ences"
This pro­fess­or­ship should be seen in the con­text of TU Ber­lin’s goal to recruit and advance junior schol­ars and will be con­tin­ued as a per­man­ent W3 pro­fess­or­ship upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a ten­ure eval­u­ation.
The ten­ure track eval­u­ation cri­teria for the Chair of Urban Eco­sys­tem Sci­ences can be viewed on the Uni­versity web­site (Quick Access 208281).

Work­ing field:

The pos­i­tion is of cent­ral import­ance to teach­ing and research in the field of urban eco­sys­tem sci­ences at TU Ber­lin. The can­did­ate is expec­ted to teach in Eng­lish and Ger­man in the Bach­elor’s and Mas­ter’s pro­grams in “Eco­logy and Envir­on­mental Plan­ning” and “Land­scape Archi­tec­ture” as well as the Mas­ter’s pro­grams in “Urban Eco­sys­tem Sci­ences” and “Envir­on­mental Plan­ning”. The can­did­ate’s research is expec­ted to reflect trans­dis­cip­lin­ary, integ­rat­ive, and innov­at­ive approaches to under­stand­ing dynamic urban sys­tems as well as solu­tions for both cur­rent and emer­ging chal­lenges arising from the pro­cess of urb­an­iz­a­tion.


Can­did­ates must qual­ify for appoint­ment accord­ing to the require­ments of §100 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­lHG). These include a com­pleted uni­versity degree, sci­entific achieve­ments (doc­tor­ate), Habil­it­a­tion or equi­val­ent (sci­entific pub­lic­a­tions), as well as teach­ing exper­i­ence demon­strated in a teach­ing port­fo­lio (fur­ther inform­a­tion avail­able on the TUB web­site, quick access 144242). Can­did­ates whose first lan­guage is not Ger­man are expec­ted to be able to teach classes in Ger­man after two years. Ref­er­ence is also expressly made to the Aca­demic Sen­ate’s lan­guage policy res­ol­u­tion of 16 May 2018 (TUB homepage, quick access 208280).

The can­did­ate should be a researcher in the fields of eco­logy, geo-eco­logy, envir­on­mental sci­ence, geoscience, sys­tems bio­logy, or envir­on­mental phys­ics and pos­sess out­stand­ing expert­ise in at least one sub-dis­cip­line of eco­logy as well as the abil­ity to work at the inter­sec­tion with other dis­cip­lines (e.g. using a sys­tems-ori­ented approach). The can­did­ate should also be able to organ­ize lar­ger research pro­jects. Exper­i­ence in at least one of the fol­low­ing core areas is expec­ted:

  1. Ana­lysis of the inter­de­pend­en­cies of eco­lo­gical con­sequences arising from and impact­ing on urban trans­form­a­tion pro­cesses at dif­fer­ent spa­tio-tem­poral levels, includ­ing novel eco­sys­tems
  2. Nat­ural haz­ards and risks in urban regions involving novel stressors
  3. Safe­guard­ing land­scape func­tions and eco­sys­tem ser­vices in dynamic cit­ies
  4. Devel­op­ment of scen­arios, mod­els, and solu­tions for devel­op­ing sus­tain­able and resi­li­ent urban land­scapes
  5. Spa­tial-func­tional rela­tions between cit­ies and their hin­ter­land at regional, con­tin­ental, and global level (Urban land tele­con­nec­tions)
  6. Eco­lo­gical innov­a­tion.

With regard to the range of meth­ods required for this pro­fess­or­ship, can­did­ates need to be able to demon­strate proven expert­ise in at least one of the fol­low­ing:

  1. Sci­entific eco­lo­gical research across space and time scales, e.g. adopt­ing a sys­tems sci­ence approach
  2. The devel­op­ment of pro­cess-based urban eco­sys­tem mod­els through the incor­por­a­tion of sev­eral eco­lo­gical spheres
  3. Evid­ence of inter­dis­cip­lin­ary expert­ise, includ­ing in areas other than eco­logy, in plan­ning and soci­ology-based research approaches
  4. Meth­od­o­lo­gical expert­ise in obtain­ing and ana­lyz­ing big data (e.g. long-term obser­va­tions, crowd-sourcing, cit­izen sci­ence, big data ana­lysis and digit­al­iz­a­tion)

Applic­ants need to demon­strate their devel­op­ment of at least one of the ore areas and one field from the range of meth­ods through appro­pri­ate pub­lic­a­tions.

Applic­ants should also be able to demon­strate the abil­ity to under­take inter­dis­cip­lin­ary work and con­trib­ute to aca­demic self-man­age­ment com­mit­tees at TU Ber­lin, assume respons­ib­il­ity for man­aging and head­ing an aca­demic chair and its staff, and fur­ther the advance­ment of junior schol­ars.

Can­did­ates should ideally pos­sess com­pet­ences in the areas of gender equal­ity, the advance­ment of women, and gender and diversity.

How to ap­ply:

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is determ­ined to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing and there­fore strongly encour­ages qual­i­fied female research­ers to apply. In case of equal merit, severely dis­abled can­did­ates will be favoured. TU Ber­lin val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is a cer­ti­fied fam­ily-friendly higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion, and our Dual Career Ser­vice offers assist­ance to you and your fam­ily when relo­cat­ing to Ber­lin.

We kindly request that you sub­mit your applic­a­tion in Eng­lish so that it can be eval­u­ated by inter­na­tional experts. Applic­a­tions should be sub­mit­ted by the 22nd Novem­ber, 2019 stat­ing the job ref­er­ence num­ber VI-717/19 and includ­ing the usual doc­u­ments (i.a. CV, cer­ti­fic­ates, concept for research and teach­ing, teach­ing port­fo­lio, details of acquired external fund­ing, list of pub­lic­a­tions and cop­ies of your five most import­ant pub­lic­a­tions) prefer­ably in one pdf-file by e-mail to berufungen@fak6.tu-berlin.de. Elec­tronic doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted using cloud ser­vices such as WE-Trans­fer or Drop­box can­not be accep­ted. Applic­a­tions should not num­ber more than 30 pages (not includ­ing your five most sig­ni­fic­ant pub­lic­a­tions). The com­mit­tee will request the sub­mis­sion of fur­ther doc­u­ments at a later date if required. Writ­ten applic­a­tions (includ­ing a digital ver­sion on a USB stor­age device) should be sent to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent -, Dekanin der Fak­ultät VI, Prof. Dr. Kristin Well­ner, Sekr. A 1, Planen Bauen Umwelt, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Ber­lin. Please send an email to berufungen@fak6.tu-berlin.de for fur­ther inform­a­tion con­cern­ing the applic­a­tion pro­cess.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned.

The offer’s description is downloadable here.