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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Depart­ment of Bio­logy, Chem­istry, Phar­macy - Insti­tute of Phar­macy

Ten­ure-Track Pos­i­tion as Junior Pro­fess­or­ship of Immun­o­ther­apy

Ref­er­ence code: FU-BCP/W1-TT/ImmWS

Work­ing field:

This ten­ure-track pro­fessor pos­i­tion is sup­por­ted fin­an­cially through the Ger­man Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments’ ten­ure-track pro­gram to pro­mote the careers of research­ers early on. Applic­a­tions from research­ers who have just com­pleted their doc­toral degree and are in the early phase of their career are strongly encour­aged.

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will cover research and teach­ing in the field named above.

Along with the reg­u­lar offi­cial duties of pro­fess­ors lis­ted in Art­icle 99 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the fol­low­ing activ­it­ies:

The scope of the junior pro­fess­or­ship includes inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research on immun­o­thera­peutic sub­stances, which extends bey­ond the tra­di­tional phar­ma­ceut­ical sub­ject areas. The new pro­fessor will be expec­ted to estab­lish pro­jects that incor­por­ate research being done in the phar­ma­ceut­ical work­ing groups at the Insti­tute of Phar­macy and to par­ti­cip­ate in col­lab­or­at­ive ini­ti­at­ives. They will also con­trib­ute to research groups already estab­lished at the insti­tute, within the Depart­ment of Bio­logy, Chem­istry, Phar­macy, as well as par­ti­cip­ate in future pro­jects at the insti­tute and at Freie Uni­versität gen­er­ally, for instance as part of the Ber­lin Uni­versity Alli­ance. The new pro­fessor will also be expec­ted to address gender and diversity issues as part of their cur­riculum.


Appoint­ment require­ments are gov­erned by Art­icle 102a of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz).

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate should be a licensed phar­macist or have an aca­demic back­ground in phar­ma­ceut­ical sci­ences. They should have an excel­lent record of inter­na­tional and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research activ­it­ies in the field of novel immun­o­thera­peutic sub­stances and related to molecu­lar mech­an­isms and sig­nal trans­duc­tion sys­tems. Their work in these areas should fur­ther per­tain to indic­a­tions for immun­o­logy, onco­logy, and/or infec­tious dis­eases and focus in par­tic­u­lar on ques­tions of res­ist­ance. The appointee’s exper­i­mental back­ground should include work on the molecu­lar aspects of novel immun­o­thera­peutic sub­stances from a phar­ma­co­lo­gical per­spect­ive. Fur­ther­more, they should have pub­lished research in respec­ted journ­als with inter­na­tional vis­ib­il­ity. The pos­i­tion also requires teach­ing exper­i­ence at the uni­versity level, as well as the abil­ity to con­duct courses and exam­in­a­tions in Ger­man as described in the phar­macy licens­ing reg­u­la­tions (‘Approb­a­tion­sord­nung für Apo­theker’) and the Mas­ter’s degree pro­gram “Phar­ma­ceut­ical Research.” The appointee’s research focus should also com­ple­ment exist­ing and planned part­ner pro­jects, with the goal of col­lab­or­at­ing in the future. He or she should also have exper­i­ence with extern­ally fun­ded pro­jects.

The pos­i­tion entails a three-year appoint­ment as a civil ser­vant for a fixed period (“Beamter/Beamtin auf Zeit”). Pending a suc­cess­ful review pro­cess, the pos­i­tion can be exten­ded for another three years. If the appointee suc­cess­fully passes the ten­ure review, they will be appoin­ted to a per­man­ent pro­fess­or­ship. The per­man­ent appoint­ment will not be advert­ised as a sep­ar­ate pos­i­tion. As part of this pro­cess, per­form­ance goals will be nego­ti­ated at the time the junior pro­fessor is hired. The ful­fill­ment of those goals will be assessed as part of the ten­ure review (Art­icle 102 c of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, § 102 c Ber­lHG).

The per­form­ance goals to be determ­ined will relate to the fol­low­ing areas:
  • Research
  • Teach­ing
  • Pro­mot­ing early-career research­ers
  • Aca­demic com­mit­tee work
  • Lead­er­ship and man­age­ment
  • Lan­guage pro­fi­ciency

At the time of appoint­ment to the per­man­ent pro­fess­or­ship, all the gen­eral reg­u­la­tions and con­di­tions regard­ing pub­lic sec­tor employ­ment must be ful­filled.

In addi­tion, any can­did­ates who com­pleted their doc­toral degree at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin and/or are employed at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin must com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions stip­u­lated by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, Art­icle102 c, para­graph 3.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should include a CV, cop­ies of all cer­ti­fic­ates of aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish; let­ters of appoint­ment (please add trans­la­tions if applic­able), a list of pub­lic­a­tions, a list of courses pre­vi­ously taught and evid­ence of teach­ing com­pet­ence. Please include inform­a­tion on involve­ment in ongo­ing and future research endeavors, joint research pro­jects, extern­ally fun­ded pro­jects and, if neces­sary, lan­guage cer­ti­fic­ates. If applic­able, please give inform­a­tion on teach­ing exper­i­ence in primary and sec­ond­ary edu­ca­tion, part­ner­ships with industry, inven­tions/pat­ents, and spin-offs.

All mater­i­als, includ­ing a per­sonal postal address and email, must be received no later than August 27th, 2020 prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally. Please indic­ate the ref­er­ence code for the pos­i­tion when you sub­mit your mater­i­als in one PDF file (max­imum 5 MB), to the fol­low­ing address:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Depart­ment of Bio­logy, Chem­istry, Phar­macy
Dean’s Office
Attn: Pro­fessor Mat­thias Ril­lig
Arn­im­al­lee 22
14195 Ber­lin


On the given occa­sion and for the dur­a­tion of the essen­tial on-site oper­a­tions by Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, we kindly ask you to apply elec­tron­ic­ally by e-mail. The pro­cessing of a postal applic­a­tion can­not be guar­an­teed.

Applic­a­tion guidelines, gen­eral inform­a­tion on the appoint­ment pro­ced­ure, appoint­ment require­ments for pro­fess­or­ships at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, and the reg­u­la­tions defined by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act which are rel­ev­ant for pro­fess­or­ships (Art­icles 99, 100, 101, 102 a,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.

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