RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen)

Full Professor (W3) in Molecular Botany Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences

RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen)

Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

RWTH Aachen University is one of Germany’s pre-eminent Universities of Excellence, which entails the highest quality in teaching and world-class research. RWTH addresses bold, scientific questions; it also assumes a profound responsibility toward society and transfers its knowledge into meaningful applications. RWTH strives for the convergence of knowledge, methods, and findings from its research fields and integrates in-depth disciplinary knowledge into interdisciplinary research consortia represented as profile areas. The university’s dynamic, creative, and international environment encompasses efficient research networks, institutionalized cooperations, and, most of all, the innovative RWTH Campus-Project which harbors one of the most extensive technology-oriented research landscapes in Europe.

Full Professor (W3)

in Molecular Botany

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences



We are seeking qualified applicants for teaching and research in the area of Molecular Botany. The starting date is summer semester 2021. Core areas of biological research in Aachen are Integrated Bioeconomy and Computational Life Science. We thus search for a candidate who works at the intersection of molecular plant genomics and a biological question related to bioeconomy (e.g., plant secondary metabolism). We place particular emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations within the faculty, with other faculties within the university and with the Forschungszentrum Jülich. We expect that the successful candidate continues to develop an already strong, original, and internationally visible research profile, enabling acquisition of competitive external funds. Teaching tasks include theoretical and practical education in botany (including genetics and molecular biology) in the B.Sc./M.Sc. courses of the Aachen biology and biotechnology, including contribution to general plant biology teaching tasks. Additionally, we expect involvement in the new degree program “Computational Life Science”. We also expect participation in academic self-administration.

A doctoral degree is required; additionally, Habilitation (post-doctoral lecturing qualification), an exemplary record of research achievement as an assistant/‌an associate/‌a junior professor or university researcher and/‌or an outstanding career outside academia are highly desirable. Ability in and commitment to teaching are essential. The application should include supporting documents regarding success in teaching. German is not necessary to begin but will be expected as a teaching language within the first 5 years.

Experience with plant genome sequencing, assembling and analysis is desired.

Please send a cover letter stating research aims and a CV to:

Dekan der Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften

der RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr. Honerkamp

52056 Aachen


In addition, please complete the questionnaire, accessible at

You can also send your application via email to Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties. For information on the collection of personal data pursuant to Articles 13 and 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please visit‌gdpr-information.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2020.

This position is also available as part-time employment per request.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender. RWTH Aachen University is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program for partner hiring. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled people and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.

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Full Professor (W3) in Molecular Botany Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences