Freie Universität Berlin - Department of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy - Institute for Biology
Tenure Track Professorship in Neural Basis of Vocal Communication
salary grade: initially W 2, 5 years; after evaluation W 3 with tenure
reference code: BCP-2019-W2-TT-Neuro
The successful applicant will cover the area named above in research and teaching. The professorship is located in the Department of Biology at the interface between Systems Neurosciences and Behavioral Biology.
Apart from the official duties in accordance with Article 99 of the Berlin Higher Education Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the following activities:
The new professor will hold courses offered in the Bachelor´s and Master´s programs in biology (9 LVS), especially in behavioral biology. A possible research focus will be the the neural basis of complex communication in the brains of songbirds. Animal experimental studies of the neural processes of learning vocalizations and interactions with vocalisations are desirable. Therefore, the candidate should apply approaches that allow connecting learning and memory processes through the application of complex analytical methods.
In addition, it would be advantageous for the appointee to be involved in the SFB 1315 “Memory Consolidation”. Furthermore, she or he should cooperate with colleagues of other neuroscientific network projects (e.g. the excellence cluster Neurocure), of the Neuro computer science and the Cognitive science. The appointee is expected to include ethical aspects of animal testing and aspects of gender and diversity approaches in teaching.
Appointment requirements are governed by Article 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz - BerlHG).
The successful candidate will have an outstanding doctorate, excellent international research achievements as well as internationally visible publications in renowned journals. Moreover, she or he will use a wide spectrum of methods and will combine modern neurophysiological approaches with behavioral studies in vertebrates. The new professor is expected to have a research profile which enables her or him to participate in existing or future network projects. She or he will have experience in acquiring and managing externally funded projects. Furthermore, the appointee will be able to teach courses in German and English.
How to apply:
The professor will be appointed as a civil servant for an initial period of five years. Under the condition that the appointee passes the tenure evaluation, upon its expiry the tenure track professorship entails appointment to the tenured position which will not be advertised. Objectives for this evaluation will be negotiated during the appointment procedure for the tenure track professorship (according to Article 102 c BerlHG).
The objectives to be agreed upon will include (but are not limited to) the following areas:
Support of junior scholars
The conditions of employment according to civil service law must be fulfilled at the time of the tenure appointment.
Please note that Article 102 c, Sections 3 and 7 of the BerlHG apply for candidates that completed their PhD at Freie Universität Berlin and/or are employed at Freie Universität Berlin.
Applications should include a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification in German or English; if applicable the letter of appointment (please add translations if needed), a list of publications, a list of courses previously taught, and evidence of teaching competence. Furthermore, please include information on involvement in ongoing and future research endeavours, joint research projects and externally funded projects, and if necessary language certificates. If applicable for the respective content area, please give information on industrial cooperation, inventions/patents and spin-offs.
All materials including a private postal and an email address must be received preferably electronically in one PDF file (maximum 5 MB), quoting the reference code no later than at
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy
c/o Mrs. Dr. Martina Sick
Application guidelines, general information on the appointment procedure, appointment requirements for professorships at Freie Universität Berlin, and regulations of the Berlin Higher Education Act which are relevant for professorships (Articles 99, 100, 101, 102 a,102 c BerlHG) can be found online: http://www.fu-berlin.de/einrichtungen/organe/praesidium/praesidialamt/index.html
Freie Universität Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.