Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is looking to fill a W3 professorship in behavioral biology at Freie Universität’s Institute of Biology. The Berlin University Alliance (BUA) has established “Joint Berlin Professorships” in order to promote scientific cooperation. These professorships are designed to further develop and expand upon innovative, groundbreaking areas of research and thus strengthen the alliance between Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin.
The successful applicant will cover research and teaching in the field of behavioral biology. Appointment requirements are governed by Section 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz).
Applicants should have a doctorate in a subject directly related to behavioral biology, with a background in international research activities in the area of the genetic/molecular/biological principles underlying behavior, neural mechanisms of behavior, or interactions between the environment/habitat and behavior. They should use quantitative methods and conduct research on a model vertebrate (e.g., fish, birds, rodents), which should connect with the opportunities relating to animal husbandry and research on test animals available at Freie Universität Berlin and within the State of Berlin. The candidate’s research profile will link to one or more research areas at the Institute of Biology (neurobiology, genome biology, evolution, ecology) as well as existing or future joint projects. They will have a record of published research in respected journals with international visibility and experience in acquiring and leading externally funded research projects. They will also be able to conduct courses in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in biology, especially behavioral biology, in German or English.
The new appointee will be expected to cooperate closely with other BUA partners, especially Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and integrate themselves in joint research initiatives (for example, the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence). They will also cooperate with working groups at the Institute of Biology and other Berlin research institutions within scientific networks and externally funded initiatives (e.g., TRR186, FOR5289, FOR2705, Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research – BeGenDiv). The appointee will incorporate ethical aspects of animal testing and address gender and diversity in their teaching. The Berlin University Alliance is made up of three Berlin-based universities – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Its members work together to promote research and teaching in Berlin with the goal of making the city a leading international hub for science.
Applications should include a Résumé for Researchers (https://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/fachbereich/service/forms/index.html#faq_berufungen
, a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification in German or English (please enclose translations where necessary), a list of publications, a list of courses previously taught, and evidence of teaching aptitude. Please include information on involvement in ongoing and future research endeavors, joint research projects, and externally funded projects. If necessary, please include language certificates. If applicable, please give information on partnerships with industry, inventions/patents, and spin-offs.
Please submit all application materials electronically as one PDF file (maximum 5 MB) by 20.04.2023
. Be sure to include a personal postal address and email, as well as the reference code
for the position. For formal purposes, (i.e., for formatting application documents), you may use the following postal address, but please send your application to the email address below it:
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy
Attn: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Matthias Melzig
D- 14195 Berlin
The regulations defined by the Berlin Higher Education Act that are relevant to professorships (Sections 99, 100, 101, 102a, 102c BerlHG) can be found online:
With an electronic application, you acknowledge that FU Berlin saves and processes your data. FU Berlin cannot guarantee the security of your personal data if you send your application over an unencrypted connection.