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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

Work­ing field:

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:
  • Research
  • Teach­ing
  • Sup­port of junior schol­ars
  • Aca­demic self-gov­ernance
  • Per­son­nel lead­er­ship
  • Lan­guage pro­fi­ciency

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
Dean´s Office
c/o Mrs. Dr. Mar­tina Sick
Arn­im­al­lee 22
14195 Ber­lin


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:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.