The Institute of Geosciences of the Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Geoscience at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz invites applications for a permanent appointment at the level of a

Junior Professor (m/f) of Metamorphic Processes

(Salary class W1 with tenure track to a W2 position; LBesG)

starting in 2019 in the broad field of metamorphic processes. Candidates with a strong research record in developing computational methods and/or thermodynamic models to understand metamorphic (and magmatic) reactions and applying those or other novel methods to understand metamorphic processes in the broad sense are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Institute of Geosciences is equipped with modern analytical, experimental, computational and teaching facilities and has a dynamic and very international research team. This position is part of a cluster hire to further strengthen the institute's two main research directions in "Dynamics of the Solid Earth" and "Paleoclimatology", along with other ongoing faculty searches in Tectonics/Structural Geology and Sedimentary Geochemistry.

We seek a creative individual with a willingness to collaborate across discipline boundaries and interact with faculty and students. They are expected to complement our existing research strengths, e.g., volcanology, petrology, geodynamics, and paleoclimatology. The ideal candidate shows strong promise to become a leader in the research field and is interested and capable to collaborate in an interdisciplinary manner. Experience in attracting third-party funding and a record of innovative teaching are desired.

In teaching, the broad fields of metamorphic geology at BSc and MSc level are to be covered, including field-based methods. Part of the teaching can be done in English, but we expect a willingness to learn German in a reasonable amount of time. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to participate in service roles within the institute.

The professorship is funded by the Tenure Track program of the German federal and state governments. Early career researchers are therefore addressed in particular. Applicants must meet the general requirements according to public services law and the Higher Education Act of Rhineland-Palatinate ( 54, 55 Hochschulgesetz - Higher Education Act).

The initial contract will run for three years and will be extended for another three years contingent upon a successful intermediate evaluation. Accordingly, after a final successful evaluation as junior professor after six years and provided that the general requirements are fulfilled, the candidate will qualify for appointment to a tenured full professorship (W2).

The State of Rhineland-Palatinate and Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz are committed to intensive personal mentoring for students and, therefore, expect a strong presence of teaching staff at the University.

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and is therefore particularly interested in applications from women.

Disabled candidates with adequate qualification will be given priority.

Interested applicants should send a document comprising a cover letter, CV, degree certificates, overview of teaching experience, publication list and a statement outlining your planned research and teaching directions as well as copies of up to five key publications, and a form that can be downloaded from Applications in electronic form should be sent by August 22, 2018 as a single PDF file to

Dean of Faculty 09 - Chemistry, Pharmacy and Geosciences
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schneider
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

For further information about the Institute of Geosciences ( and this position, please contact Prof. Boris Kaus at

posted: 13 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.