Professor (W2) in Sustainable Horticultural Management
Weihen-stephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT)
Applied Sciences for Life – this claim describes the unique range of subjects at Weihen-stephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), all of which clearly and consistently focus on life sciences. We are one of the leading universities of applied life sciences and green technologies. We prepare our graduates to become responsible and highly qualified professionals and executives who are well prepared for a successful career entry. The scientists at HSWT carry out teaching and research at three different campus locations (Freising, Triesdorf, Straubing) focusing on issues of high social relevance, such as sustainable land use, climate change, biodiversity, food technology, or renewable energies.
Our campus Weihenstephan in Freising offers multiple opportunities for scientific networking with other teaching and research institutions, all of which are nationally and internationally recognized. Weihenstephan’s geographical proximity to the city of Munich and the excellent transport connections are additional assets.
The Department of Horticulture and Food Technology, Campus Weihenstephan (Freising), invites applications for the position of a
Professor in “Sustainable Horticultural Management” (salary group W2, tenured position)
expected to start in the winter semester 2022 / 2023 or commencing as soon as possible.
Responsibilities in Teaching and Research:
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences seeks to appoint a candidate for a professorship, which involves a high proportion of research. In practice, this means that the position entails a reduction of the teaching load, which may amount to a maximum of 50 percent of regular teaching duties. The reduced teaching load is initially limited to a period of five years with the option of a further extension period.
Our society increasingly demands sustainability in plant production as well as a healthy and health-sustaining nutrition. We consider digital technologies to be the essential tool to produce healthy food with a lower use of resources. With this research professorship, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is strengthening horticultural production and urban horticulture by promoting applied research and establishing the new teaching area automation and digital technologies which highlights sustainable economic and behavioral policies.
Applied research of this professorship will center on irrigation and fertilization technologies, especially their adaptation to climatic conditions and to the needs of plants. Furthermore, the professorship will develop in-house and industry-wide solutions such as energy management systems for horticultural companies or scientific databases for interrelated producing regions.
Focusing on horticultural open field production, the professorship will be responsible for teaching subjects ranging from digital technologies to complex management systems pertaining to the sustainable production of healthy food. In addition to innovative sensor and actuator technology as well as robotics and their realization in the form of IT services, the incumbent will teach the use of specific applications for horticultural field grown production based on practical examples and current research subjects. The professorship shall offer courses in the field of sustainable horticultural management in both the undergraduate and postgraduate study programs of our university. This includes the teaching of already established courses but also the development of new teaching modules, for example “Sustainable Irrigation Management”.
The university expects the successful candidate to play an active role in the further development of applied research. Responsibilities of the professorship include the supervision of internships, project papers and theses, teaching courses in German and English language as well as participation in academic self-administration. The ability to teach specialized topics in adjacent fields of research is highly desired. We offer an interesting work environment at the interface of applied research and practical education, which includes the opportunity to further shape and advance the thematic focus of the professorship according to your own ideas.
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is looking for a candidate who holds a university degree and – ideally – a doctoral degree in horticulture. We expect applicants to have comprehensive knowledge in sustainable and resource-friendly production methods, expertise in the field of irrigation and fertilization management as well as in the field of automation and digital technologies with a preference for horticultural open field production. In addition, successful applicants have acquired basic knowledge in software engineering and in hardware technologies, including modern communication technologies pertaining to M2M applications.
The university asks applicants to submit documentation of the successful acquisition and coordination of third-party funded research projects with a high practical relevance. The university furthermore expects that applicants enjoy teaching and working with students.
completed first university degree
particular ability for scientific and scholarly work as proven by a doctoral degree or comparable academic qualification (in German: “Gutachten über promotionsadäquate Leistungen”)
furthermore, we require expertise in the application or development of scientific findings and methods obtained during a period of at least five years of professional practice after graduation from university; of these, at least three years must be in a field outside university; professional experience outside university might be recognized if the candidate has spent a significant part of the position working in a cooperation between university and non-university institutions for a minimum of five years
Applications from abroad are explicitly welcome. The willingness and ability to teach in German from the beginning of employment is expected from all applicants.
The HSWT pursues the strategic goal of consistently increasing the proportion of women in teaching and applied research. We therefore explicitly invite female scholars and experts to apply at our university. Our website with in-depth information on how to become a professor at HSWT, which specifically targets potential female applicants, may be accessed via the following link: https://www.hswt.de/hochschule/gender-und-diversity/gender-gleichstellung/professorin-werden.html.
We look forward to applications submitted by severely disabled persons. Severely disabled persons with essentially the same aptitude, professional ability, and qualifications will receive preference.
The HSWT regards itself as a family-friendly employer.
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences promotes equal opportunities and diversity among its students and employees.
The successful candidate may be eligible for civil servant status up to the age of 52.
Please submit your complete application materials (including a letter of application, an academic CV with accurate to the day information for each employment contract, copies of transcripts, proof of professional work experience, and documentation of your research activities) by August 31, 2022. We request applicants to submit their application through our online application management system available at www.hswt.de/stellenangebote.html.
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Alexander Steck +49 (0) 8161 71-3358 email@example.com