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Professorship in Neuroscience (W2) permanent or tenure track (W2) (f/m/d)

Universität zu Köln
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE)
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


Professorship in Neuroscience (W2)

permanent or tenure track (W2) (f/m/d)


The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Germany. With its six Faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines and its internationally outstanding research profile areas, it enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic achievements and high standards of undergraduate and graduate education. It has a strong neuroscience research community across the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Medical Faculty. The neuroscience groups at the Institute of Zoology are embedded in a multidisciplinary research environment and have vibrant interactions with nearby research institutions in Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Jülich.



We seek an outstanding scientist with a strong research profile in experimental neuroscience. Particular consideration will be given to neurophysiologists who perform state-of-the-art quantitative analyses of the functions of the nervous system to explain behaviour.

The candidate should show a strong desire to bridge their research to computational neurosciences.

The position involves teaching in the BSc and MSc study programs offered by the Department of Biology in the fields of Zoology, Physiology and Neuroscience.



We are looking for a researcher with internationally visible achievements in basic neuroscience and a record of successful acquisition of competitive third-party funding. A teaching record, ideally with teaching evaluation, is advantageous and a strong commitment to teaching is expected.

The successful candidate is highly collaborative and is expected to lead or contribute to future research initiatives.

The position is initially part of the collaborative network program ‘iBehave: Algorithms of Adaptive Behaviour and their Neuronal Implementation in Health and Disease’. Synergies with one or several collaborative research initiatives at the University of Cologne are encouraged, for example with the CRC1451 ‘Key Mechanisms of Motor Control in Health and Disease’, Cluster of Excellence ‘Cellular Stress Responses in Age-Associated Disease’ (CECAD), or the CRC1218 ‘Mitochondrial Regulation of Cellular Function’.



The University of Cologne provides a stimulating academic environment with a wide range of career development opportunities as well as support services for dual career couples and family-friendly working conditions.

The position is available at the earliest possible date. The successful candidate will be given an offer of either a permanent or a tenure-track position depending on the qualification.

In case of the latter, the position is initially limited to 5 years. The tenure decision for a permanent W2 professorship will be based on the results of a final evaluation to be held at the latest in the 5th year after the start of the contract in accordance with the Regulations for Quality Assurance in Tenure Track Procedures at the University of Cologne. Formal requirements are detailed in Section 36 of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschulgesetz – HG NRW). As a rule, the teaching load comprises nine semester hours per week (i.e., two hours per week is one 90-minute course per semester).


The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.


Please submit your application (without photo) via the University of Cologne’s Academic Job Portal ( by September 30, 2023. Your application should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.


Applications should include the usual documents (CV, list of publications, list of taught courses, teaching evaluations (if available), certificates regarding qualifications and appointments), the list of third-party funds acquired, as well as research and teaching concepts.

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