The Institute of Geology and Mineralogy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne invites applications for the position of a

Full Professor in Geobiology - (Tenure Track W2/W3)

to be filled at the earliest possible date.

This call is part of the Federal Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States. It addresses researchers at an early career stage.

The successful candidate is expected to develop research and teaching programs in the field of geobiology at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy. Grounded in basic geoscientific research, the focus of a future geobiological research program may range from paleobiology through earth and life history to geomicrobiology. Research should rely on innovative, modern approaches and quantitative methodology. Links to other fields of research at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy and to the guiding themes of the Department of Geosciences such as “Evolution of Life and Earth” or “Global change in Environmental Dynamics and the Atmosphere” are expected.

The successful candidate will represent the field of geobiology in its entirety in the bachelor- and master programs at the Institute Geology and Mineralogy. Contributions to basic undergraduate teaching are obligatory.

We seek young researchers with an exceptional track record and the potential for establishing and advancing geobiological research at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy. An excellent and internationally recognized publication record and proof of the successful acquisition of third-party funding and implementation of related projects are required. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to existing initiatives (e.g. Collaborative Research Center CRC 1211 „Earth Evolution at the Dry Limit” or Priority Programme 1833 „Building a Habitable Earth“) as well as establishing his/her own research program.

The position is initially limited to a term of five years based on remuneration group W2 (public sector, North Rhine-Westphalia). At the latest in the fifth year after entering into office, a final evaluation will be held according to the Regulations for Quality Assurance in Tenure Track Procedures at the University of Cologne. On this basis, a decision will be reached as to whether the candidate will be given tenure at W3 level.

Qualification requirements are in accordance with the North Rhine-Westphalia University Law and include an excellent track record in research and teaching.

The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity. Women are strongly encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with LGG NRW. Applications from disabled candidates are most welcome and are preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

Applications should include the usual documents (CV, list of publications, record of acquired third-party funding, list of taught courses, teaching evaluations (if available), certificates regarding qualifications and appointments) as well as research and teaching concepts. Applications should be submitted via the Academic Job Portal of the University of Cologne ( no later than October 15, 2018 to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Cologne, E-Mail:

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