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W1 professorship for "Congenital and adaptive lymphocyte regulation"

Universität Kiel - Medizinische Fakultät
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein (DE)
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Biomedicine, Clinical
Job Type
Professor, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Kiel University (CAU) and the University of Lübeck (UzL)

are striving to increase the proportion of qualified female scientists in research and teaching.

At Kiel University (CAU)

and the University of Lübeck (UzL), a total of

four W1 professorships (six years with tenure track W2)

are to be awarded as soon as possible, to promote Schleswig-Holstein as a region of excellence in applied life sciences (medical and natural science research).

With the call for applications for four "Schleswig-Holstein Excellence Chairs", Kiel University (CAU) and the University of Lübeck (UzL) are continuing their joint Precision Health Schleswig-Holstein (PHSH) funding programme for excellence professorships, which has been in place since 2016. On the one hand, this programme is intended to promote Schleswig-Holstein as a region of excellence in applied life sciences, especially in medical research, and on the other hand, to strengthen inflammation research in the German Research Foundation (DFG) Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation (PMI)". Teams will be formed between the SH Excellence Chairs and the W1 professorships advertised here. The W1 professorships will be assigned to the respective university that advertised the position.

The W1 professorships affiliated to the four SH Excellence Chairs will be accepted as associate members in the joint institution formed by the CAU, UzL and the UKSH - the PHSH. As a cross-campus organisational structure, the PHSH represents the sustainable structure for continuation of the Cluster of Excellence PMI through the German Excellence Strategy (ExStra). The PHSH is also a model for governance of research funds at the University Medical Center.

The innovative research concepts of the W1 professorships advertised here are intended to complement the research profiles of the respective SH Excellence Chairs. By recruiting junior professors, the cluster ensures the sustainability of its excellence in inflammation research.

You will find excellent conditions for research in Schleswig-Holstein: the environment provides you with key technologies for state-of-the-art biomedical research and you will cooperate with leading researchers in the field of inflammation research. The participating institutions also support family-friendly structures.

The following professorship is to be awarded:

W1 professorship for "Congenital and adaptive lymphocyte regulation" with temporary civil service status for an initial period of three years (first phase)

Institute of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University

Contact: Prof. Petra Bacher

The future occupant of this position shall represent the field of "Congenital and adaptive lymphocyte regulation" in research and teaching. We are looking for an excellent scientist for the professorship advertised, with extensive immunological knowledge in the field of congenital and adaptive lymphocyte populations. In particular, the candidate should have a strong interest in working on the regulation of adaptive immune processes by congenital receptors and/or the adaptive properties of congenital lymphocytes, with a primary focus on chronic inflammatory diseases. Innovative techniques (such as multi-parameter flow cytometry, single cell sequencing, CRISPR/Cas, cellular engineering) should be used and, above all, functional analyses of different lymphocyte populations. It is expected that a strong focus will be on cellular, translational human research and that the work will contribute to a better understanding of chronic inflammatory processes in humans (e.g. chronic inflammatory bowel diseases). Active participation in the joint activities at the site (especially the DFG Cluster of Excellence PMI, as well as others such as the "Kiel Life Science" (KLS) priority research area, the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1526 "PANTAU" and the DFG Clinical Research Group "CATCH ALL") is expected. In addition, cooperation with other faculties such as the Faculty of Engineering as well as with non-university research institutions such as the Research Center Borstel, Leibniz Lung Center (FZB) is desirable.

The future occupant of this position is expected to represent the subject of immunology in teaching.

Applicants require a completed medical or scientific university degree and a doctorate in a subject relevant to the professorship.

Please also refer to the appointment requirements in Section 64 of the Schleswig-Holstein Higher Education Act (HSG). After successful evaluation of the first phase of the junior professorship, the aim is to extend the temporary civil servant status for another period of three years (second phase).

After a successful evaluation, and in the presence of further requirements in accordance with Section 62a of the Schleswig-Holstein Higher Education Act, the aim is to upgrade the professorship to a permanent W2 professorship. In addition to the evaluation of the junior professorship, a separate evaluation procedure is carried out, usually during the second phase of the junior professorship, in accordance with the current statutes.

Kiel University and the University of Lübeck are striving to increase the proportion of female scientists in research and teaching and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Women with equal aptitude, qualifications and professional performance will be given priority.

The universities are committed to the employment of persons with disabilities. Applications from severely disabled persons and those with equivalent status will be treated preferentially where they are suitable for the position.

We expressly welcome applications from people with a migrant background. Application photographs are not required and we expressly request that you refrain from submitting any.

The Schleswig-Holstein Higher Education Act obliges the Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University and Lübeck Medical School at the University of Lübeck to work closely together with the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) to form and coordinate priority research areas. The state expects clinics, institutes and newly appointed scientists to work together in this sense.

Applications with the customary documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications, list of lectures, copies of academic certificates, 3 top publications) are requested in PDF format, with details of the private and work address along with telephone number and e-mail, addressed to:  

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University

Prof. Joachim Thiery

Further information on structuring the application is available at:

  The closing date for applications is 24.05.2024.

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