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W2 Professorship in Forest entomology (f/m/d)

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen End-Datum: 27.10.2023
37073, Göttingen (DE)
Closing date
13 Nov 2023

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Environmental Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

The University of Göttingen enjoys high international acclaim, owing to its long research tradition and broad spectrum of subjects in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences. With more than 210 degree courses, we offer an attractive range of subjects for around 30,000 students. Göttingen is characterized by the close cooperation of the University, the University Medical Center and seven non-university research institutions that forms the Göttingen Campus. Its innovative, interdisciplinary potential creates excellent conditions for cutting-edge research at the highest international level.

The Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at the University of Göttingen is seeking to fill a permanent professorship with civil servant status (grade W2 NBesO) at the earliest possible date:

W2 Professorship in Forest entomology (f/m/d)


The professorship represents the field of forest zoology in its entire breadth with a strong focus on forest entomologically relevant species and their interactions in forest ecosystems. Research shall lie at the intersection of population biology of relevant species, their multitrophic interactions with hosts, mutualists and antagonists, and/or the chemo‐ecological or evolutionary regulation of such interactions ‐ against the background of changes in initial conditions and interactions due to climate change, biodiversity loss and invasive species. Research shall substantially strengthen the faculty foci on "Sustainable and Multifunctional Use and Management of Forests" and "Sustainable Forestry and Global Change". Methodological emphasis should be placed in one or more areas of quantitative organismal, chemo‐ecological, molecular, behavioural, evolutionary, and/or modelling analysis of forest insects. We are looking for a team player and dedicated person with demonstrated expertise in entomology, chemo‐ecology, zoology, biology, landscape ecology, or a related discipline. The professorship is expected to play an active role in collaborative research at the University of Göttingen and to possess leadership skills.

The position entails the following teaching responsibilities: Subject‐specific contributions in the bachelor and master programs of the faculty, especially in the bachelor programs "Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology" and "Ecosystem Sciences under Global Change" as well as in the master program "Forest Management and Forest Utilization". Due to the international profile of the professorship and the students, some of the courses are to be held in English and German. It is expected that the professorship will actively participate in the further internationalization of the courses offered. The university emphasizes research‐oriented teaching.

Preconditions for appointment are laid down in § 25 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act in the currently valid version. In the case of an appointment to a professorship, junior professors and other members of the University of Göttingen can, as a rule, only be considered for an appointment if they have changed their university after obtaining their doctorate, or have worked scientifically for at least two years outside the appointing university. As a Public Law Foundation, the University of Göttingen holds the right of appointment. Details will be explained upon request.

Applications from scientists and scholars from abroad are explicitly welcome. The University of Göttingen aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are underrepresented and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply. The university has committed itself to being a family‐friendly institution and supports its employees in balancing work and family life. The university is particularly committed to the professional participation of disabled employees and therefore welcomes applications from persons with special needs. In the case of equal qualifications, applications from disabled persons will be given preference. In order to protect the interests of the applicant, a disability or equal status must be included in the application.

Applications including curriculum vitae, list of publications, and research and teaching concept should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen no later than October 26, 2023 as a single PDF file (max 8 MB). Please submit these documents electronically: dekanat.forst@uni‐

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