The Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for an

Assistant Professor
in Earth System Sciences
(salary level W1, tenure track)

with the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.

The successful candidate will use integrative modelling approaches to complement and strengthen the predominantly empirical research undertaken at the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology. Our current research includes the evolution of terrestrial and marine ecosystems (also under anthropogenic influence), geochemical cycles, palaeoclimate, the interplay between geological processes, biological evolution and climate, as well as the development of sedimentary basins and tectonically active landscapes. The scales range from individual habitats to the global ocean-atmosphere system.

We seek a creative and communicative colleague with a proven record in model-based research relevant to the themes outlined above. The ideal candidate will develop and apply state-of-the-art modelling techniques to decipher interactions and control mechanisms of individual Earth subsystems. This approach will foster the reconstruction of, for example, the development of the Earth and the co-evolution of life and environment in the geological past. It will also facilitate the analysis of recent ecosystems and predict their future development.

The successful candidate will have experience in the application of different modelling techniques to geoscientific problems and a well-developed independent research profile, as demonstrated by a proven track record of academic excellence. The willingness to cooperate with the other work groups of the Institute and the Faculty of Geosciences is essential.
We expect a broad interest in geosciences and experience in analytical tools such as light stable isotopes or sediment geochemistry; interest and experience teaching in these areas is also desirable. During the first three years, the teaching obligation in the BSc and MSc programmes in Geosciences and related graduate programmes is four hours per week during semesters. Courses on modelling techniques should complement and further strengthen the current curriculum.

To be considered for this position, candidates must have a doctoral degree in geosciences and scientific achievements made as a member of the academic staff of a university, a non-university research institute, or in a research position in industry in Germany or abroad. Proficiency in spoken and written German is not required, but the willingness to learn German within three years is expected.

The professorship (W1) will be appointed for an initial duration of three years with the possibility of a three-year-extension upon a positive evaluation. After six years, pending a favourable final evaluation, the appointment will be continued as a permanent W3-level position.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognised severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Applications comprised of a cover letter, a CV (including details of publications, teaching experience, and funding received), copies of degree certificates and research and teaching statements should be sent by e-mail, as a single PDF file, by September 30th 2020 to the:

Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences (
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Heisenbergstrasse 2
48149 Münster Germany

Further information about the Institute for Geology and Palaeontology can be found at:
Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Prof Christine Achten (