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Professorship in Freshwater Science (W3) / Director of IGB (f/m)
Published(1086 days ago)
Deadline for applications(1044 days ago)
Freie Universität Berlin / Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) of the Forschungsverbund
Berlin e.V., a publically funded research institute of the German Leibniz Association, invite applications for
the following position:
Professorship in Freshwater Science (salary grade W 3)
and Director of IGB
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding personality to further develop IGB’s position as a global leader
in freshwater science. The specific area of expertise could range from molecular to global ecology with a
focus on freshwater biodiversity, limnology, fish biology and fisheries science, ecological theory, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, evolution, ecological
physiology, chemical ecology, parasitology, ecotoxicology or freshwater conservation. Candidates working across systems,
scales and disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply.
The position opens exceptional opportunities to develop and guide disciplinary and interdisciplinary research within IGB and
FU Berlin and in collaboration with a wide range of other universities and research institutes in Germany’s capital area and
beyond. This includes involvement in the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB:
The ideal candidate is an accomplished freshwater ecologist with expertise in one of the above areas or a similar field, as
demonstrated by a strong publication record and other indicators of scientific standing. She or he is dedicated to guide an
aspiring institute to further enhance its standing as a leading freshwater research institution with impact in science and
society. The position requires excellent communication and scientific leadership skills. The successful candidate will be
appointed as a civil servant or employee of the public sector (salary grade W 3). Applicants must hence meet the legal requirements
for professorial appointments in accordance with § 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz). The
position is based at IGB’s main location in Berlin on the shore of Lake Müggelsee. In addition to the responsibilities as
director of IGB, it involves reduced teaching responsibilities at the Institute of Biology in the Department of Biology,
Chemistry and Pharmacy of the FU Berlin (one 2-hour course per semester). Courses are taught in English or German. The
main working language at IGB is English, reflecting the institute’s increasingly international staff and students.
The FU Berlin and IGB are equal opportunities employers who seek to increase the proportion of women in research and
teaching and specifically encourage female candidates to apply. Among equally qualified applicants, preference will be given
to disabled candidates. Scientists from abroad are most welcome to apply.
Applications quoting the reference code freshwater science should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, copies of fi ve
publications, statements of research (max 3 pages) and teaching experience and interests (max 2 pages), copies of certificates
of academic qualifi cations, and contact details of three referees. Please also include a private postal and an email address in
the application documents.
Informal enquiries about the position may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Mark Gessner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All application materials must be received by February 1st, 2017 preferably as a single PDF file sent to
or else to: Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie, Dekanat, Takustraße 3, 14195 Berlin, Germany.
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