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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty II

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin, Fac­ulty II – Math­em­at­ics and Nat­ural Sci­ences, Centre for Astro­nomy and Astro­phys­ics, and the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR) jointly call for applic­a­tions for a pos­i­tion of a

Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor - salary grade W2

for the field of "Plan­et­ary Phys­ics with focus on extra­solar plan­ets" as a joint pos­i­tion (Ber­liner Mod­ell).

Work­ing field:

The pos­i­tion includes the role of head of the depart­ment „Extra­solar Plan­ets and Atmo­spheres“ at the DLR Insti­tute for Plan­et­ary Research, Ber­lin-Adler­shof. The holder of the pos­i­tion rep­res­ents the area of „Plan­et­ary Phys­ics with focus on extra­solar plan­ets“ in teach­ing at the Centre for Astro­nomy and Astro­phys­ics at TU Ber­lin. The reg­u­lar teach­ing oblig­a­tion is 2 course hours per week. Work­ing at the DLR ful­fils the oblig­a­tion for research at TU Ber­lin.
The Insti­tute for Plan­et­ary Research engages in the explor­a­tion of plan­ets, moons and small bod­ies in our solar sys­tem. Main focus are sci­entific ques­tions about the form­a­tion and devel­op­ment as well as the hab­it­ab­il­ity of plan­ets and moons. The Insti­tute par­ti­cip­ates in inter­na­tional sci­entific satel­lite mis­sions of ESA, NASA and JAXA (amongst oth­ers the mis­sions Bepi­Colombo, CHEOPS, Comet Inter­ceptor, Exo­Mars, JUICE, MMX, PLATO). For fur­ther inform­a­tion please see:

In the future this pos­i­tion shall strengthen in par­tic­u­lar the con­nec­tion between the char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of extra­solar plan­ets and planet pop­u­la­tions with the know­ledge about plan­et­ary evol­u­tion pro­cesses and small bod­ies in the solar sys­tem.


Can­did­ates must ful­fil the require­ments for appoint­ment at the pro­fessor level in com­pli­ance with § 100 Ber­lHG (Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act), includ­ing a fin­ished aca­demic edu­ca­tion in phys­ics or a com­par­able dis­cip­line, qual­i­fied achieve­ments in research (usu­ally proven by a PhD in phys­ics or a com­par­able dis­cip­line), addi­tional sci­entific and ped­ago­gical didactic qual­i­fic­a­tions, demon­strated by teach­ing exper­i­ence and visu­al­ized in a teach­ing port­fo­lio (for fur­ther inform­a­tion see TUB Web­site, quick access 144242).

We are search­ing for a sci­ent­ist with excel­lent know­ledge and exper­i­ence in at least one of the fol­low­ing sci­entific fields:
  • Detec­tion of extra­solar plan­ets and stud­ies of planet pop­u­la­tions,
  • Char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of extra­solar plan­ets (atmo­spheres, com­pos­i­tion, internal struc­ture, hab­it­ab­il­ity) and exo­plan­et­ary sys­tems (form­a­tion pro­cesses),
  • Mar­ginal con­di­tions for the pro­cesses of planet form­a­tion from the stud­ies on plan­ets/aster­oids/comets of the solar sys­tem.

Exper­i­ence in acquis­i­tion of third party fund­ing as well as national and inter­na­tional exper­i­ence in pro­ject work and man­age­ment should be present. Teach­ing exper­i­ence and the abil­ity to lead a depart­ment with 20 employ­ees are expec­ted.

TU Ber­lin and DLR expect from their pro­fess­ors the abil­ity to take respons­ib­il­ity for lead­er­ship and stra­tegic devel­op­ment of their depart­ment and their employ­ees. This also includes engage­ment in the pro­mo­tion of young research­ers and females, gender and diversity com­pet­en­cies in the sense of cre­at­ing diversity sens­ible work and study con­di­tions and sub­stan­cial set­ting of impulses in research and teach­ing as well as par­ti­cip­a­tion in the aca­demic admin­is­tra­tion of the uni­versity. Inter­dis­cip­lin­ary cooper­a­tions, ini­ti­at­ives in sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion as well as in know­ledge and tech­no­logy trans­fer are desired. As an inter­na­tional recog­nized uni­versity and research insti­tute good know­ledge of the Eng­lish lan­guage is expec­ted. Applic­a­tions from Non-Ger­man speak­ing applic­ants will­ing to learn Ger­man are expli­citly wel­come.

How to ap­ply:

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin and DLR are determ­ined to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing and there­fore strongly encour­age qual­i­fied female research­ers to apply. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored. TU Ber­lin and DLR value the diversity of their mem­bers and are com­mit­ted to equal­ity of oppor­tun­ity.
Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin and DLR are cer­ti­fied fam­ily-friendly insti­tu­tions of higher edu­ca­tion, and our Dual Career Ser­vice Cen­ter offers assist­ance to you and your fam­ily when relo­cat­ing to Ber­lin. Applic­a­tions from abroad are expli­citly wel­come.

Please send your writ­ten applic­a­tion until 18th March 2021 indic­at­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber II-33/21 and includ­ing the appro­pri­ate doc­u­ment­a­tion (CV, draft of aca­demic career, teach­ing port­fo­lio, descrip­tion of research areas, list of pub­lic­a­tions, cop­ies of grades and cer­ti­fic­ates, all com­bined in a single pdf-file) exclus­ively by email to Prof. Dr. Emm­rich, Dean of the Fac­ulty II – Math­em­at­ics and Nat­ural Sci­ences, at

By sub­mit­ting your applic­a­tion via email you con­sent to hav­ing your data elec­tron­ic­ally pro­cessed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guar­anty for the pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data when sub­mit­ted as unpro­tec­ted file. Please find our data pro­tec­tion notice acc. DSGVO (Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion) at the TU staff depart­ment homepage: or quick access 214041.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Dekan der Fak­ultät II, Prof. Dr. Emm­rich, Sekr. BEL 1, March­str. 6, 10587 Ber­lin