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RWTH Aachen University / Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology
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RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are family­friendly employers and offer a dual career program for partner hiring as well as relocation assistance. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, cations disabled people and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.

Please submit your application and accompanying documents (CV, list of publications and taught courses, copies of degree and appointment certificates, copies of selected publications (max. ten, etc.) by February 17, 2017, to

The Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences Herrn Prof. Dr. Stefan Schael Templergraben 55, 52062 Aachen

and, in addition, to

The President of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft Herrn Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer Zentrale der Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft Hansastraße 27 c, 80686 München

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The Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft invite applications for a tenured faculty position. The appointee will be

Full Professor
in Molecular Biotechnology

and simultaneously a

Institute Director as Member of the Management Board of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME).


The successful candidate will be the director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the ABBt – Aachen Biology and Biotechnology Department at RWTH Aachen University, with a focus on molecular biotechnology under consideration of bio-economy aspects. Research activities are expected to contribute to the key research area "Biobased Materials and Molecules," focusing on synthetic biology (cell-based technology platforms), biocatalysis (covering a wide range from molecular through to chemical engineering aspects), and the development of cell lines and microbial or plant-based systems. Activities in these fields are to be combined with research in materials conversion, chemical engineering, and the use of biological resources, and should result in Integrated Bioeconomy applications.

The appointee will teach courses in molecular biotechnology and related fields within the Bachelor‘s and Master‘s degree programs offered by the Aachen Biology and Biotechnology department. Furthermore, the appointee is expected to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration, contribute to ongoing projects at RWTH Aachen University, in particular at the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC), and contribute to academic selfadministration.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) conducts research in the applied life sciences, from the molecular level through to entire ecosystems. Fields of application include all areas of the life sciences addressed with the help of plant, insect, industrial, and pharmaceutical biotechnology. The interdisciplinary organization, its state-of- the-art labs, facilities, and equipment, including greenhouses, GMP facilities, complex facilities for environmental simulations and a center for clinical studies enable the institute to provide a wide range of research and development services alongside complex value chains. Currently, the institute, which is a member of the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences, has about 600 staff at six national and two international locations.

Responsibilities of a Fraunhofer management board member include strategically developing the Institute‘s business areas, securing the high scientific quality of its R&D activities, acquiring research and development projects, and managing the institute‘s operations as well as its members of staff.

We are seeking an individual with an excellent, proven track record of achievement in the above named areas, who is able to represent the Institute and its areas of expertise in academia as well as vis-à- vis research funding bodies and partners in contractual research. The appointee will be expected to have an excellent, internationally visible scientific standing, experience in teaching and leadership, and proven success in acquiring external funding. Moreover, the candidate should bring entrepreneurial thinking to the organization and have established networks in science and industry. Highly valued is proven success in acquiring contract research projects, especially with industrial partners and public funding organizations.

Requirements for appointment include a doctoral degree and additional academic achievements, such as completion of a habilitation thesis (post-doctoral lecturing qualification), an exemplary record of research achievement as an assistant/associate /junior professor or university researcher and/or an outstanding career outside academia. Ability in and commitment to teaching are expected, and the application should include proof of teaching experience and success.

The successful candidate has long-term experience with leading large, interdisciplinary research groups; experience with the strategic planning, acquisition, and implementation of large-scale national and international research and development projects in different business areas; and is skilled in enhancing the efficiency of development processes and in the commercialization of technologies.

Closing date: 17.02.2017
Closing date: 17 February 2017 Published on academics.com on date 29 December 2016
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