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Tenure-Track Position as Associate Professor of Mechanobiology in Medicine (Salary Group W2)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
Erlangen, Bayern (DE)
Salary Group W2
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Health Science
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Employment - Hours
Full time
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The Faculty of Medicine at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites applications for a

Tenure-Track Position as Associate Professor of Mechanobiology in Medicine
(Salary Group W2)

at the Institute of Medical Physics. The position is to be filled by the earliest possible starting date for an initial period of six years. FAU offers the long-term perspective of a permanent appointment to an associate professorship if the requirements of the tenure evaluation are met. The appointment involves secondary membership of the Faculty of Sciences and the Department of Physics. The professorship is affiliated with the Institute of Medical Physics (Director: Prof. Kristian Franze) located in the new Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin.

We seek to appoint a leading expert in the field of mechanobiology with an internationally visible profile documented by excellent publications and success in securing third-party funding. Candidates should use state-of-the-art methods in optics, molecular biology, and/or cell biology to measure and manipulate cellular forces and/or mechanical tissue properties (e.g. optogenetics, FRET-based force sensors) to illustrate the role of tissue mechanics and cellular mechanotransduction cascades in biologically and medically relevant processes.
Close collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine is expected as well as with the institutions of other faculties and involvement in collaborative research projects, DFG collaborative research centers, and interdisciplinary centers. The professorship is involved in teaching in Medicine and Biophysics. The Faculty of Medicine offers the degree program Molecular Medicine and is involved in the degree programs Integrated Life Sciences (BSc and MSc) and Integrated Immunology (MSc) offered by the Faculty of Sciences.

Successful candidates should demonstrate an excellent academic track record in research and teaching at the highest international standards. They should have substantial research experience abroad and/or international collaborations as well as experience in managing research projects and in raising third-party funding. A university degree and an outstanding doctoral degree as well as a passion for education and relevant teaching experience are prerequisites. Candidates who are able and willing to teach in both English and German are preferred. The position also requires additional postdoctoral qualifications. These should be in the form of a habilitation (postdoctoral thesis) or equivalent academic qualifications. These qualifications may also have been achieved in a non-university context or through a junior faculty position (for example as assistant professor).

The successful candidate should become actively involved in administering academic affairs and in developing strategic initiatives. FAU pursues a policy of intense student mentoring and therefore expects its teaching staff to be present during lecture periods.

FAU offers an outstandingly productive research environment as well as a passionate and multi-disciplinary scholarly community within a vibrant institutional network.

FAU offers career development and an attractive initial package. Based on international standards and transparent performance agreements, FAU ensures a fair tenure-track evaluation process.

In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. FAU is a family-friendly employer and responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Please submit your complete application documents (CV, list of publications, teaching concept and research concept [max. 2 pages each], list of third-party funding, copies of certificates and degrees) online at by July 28, 2024, addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Please contact with any questions. Should you have any questions about the position please contact Professor Kristian Franze at

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