University of Hamburg (UHH)

Professorship (W2/W3) for epigenetics

University of Hamburg (UHH)

Hamburg, Germany

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, co-operative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences invites applications for a

commencing as soon as possible, ref. no. 2319.

This professorship is expected to teach epigenetics and to conduct ambitious research in this field. Candidates applying for a professorship at both W2 and W3 level should demonstrate outstanding academic qualification in the field of epigenetics. Those applying for a W3-level appointment should in addition have attained international recognition for their research in this field. Research should focus on molecular mechanisms of epigenetic regulation. Candidates who use plant or animal systems to investigate the regulation of chromatin structure are expressly encouraged to apply. The future holder of the position is expected to deploy molecular biological and biochemical methods to investigate current research questions in epigenetic regulation. Research should contribute to Universität Hamburg’s core research area Infection Research. We expressly welcome participation in the Department of Biology’s collaborative research project “Hybrids—Chances and Challenges of New Genomic Combinations.”

Suitable candidates for this appointment fulfill one or more of the above criteria. They are capable of integrating their research into the existing research environment of the Department of Biology, and also of developing new collaborative research fields.

Section 12 subsection 7 sentence 2 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) applies.

Academic qualifications and additional requirements as specified in Section 15 HmbHG.

Additional criteria:
Applicants are expected to have international research experience as well as a successful track record in acquiring external funding and carrying out externally funded projects. The University places particular emphasis on the quality of teaching and therefore requests that applicants provide details of their teaching experience and objectives. The professorship is within the Department of Biology.

The post holder is expected to acquire the language skills necessary to teach in German (Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) within two years of commencing employment providing they do not have the requisite skills when starting.

Following hearings, selected candidates will be assessed to ascertain skills in the areas of management and human resources.

In accordance with Section 14 subsection 3 sentence 3 HmbHG, Universität Hamburg seeks to increase the proportion of women in teaching and research and encourages female academics to apply.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Julia Kehr on +49 40 4281-6312 or via email

The application deadline is 09 January 2020. Please submit your application with your CV, list of publications, teaching experience, external funding record, copies of certification and documents, three representative publications, teaching and research plans, and the reference number 2319, preferably by email in a single PDF file, to: or per post to:

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Präsidenten der Universität Hamburg
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Professorship (W2/W3) for epigenetics