University of Hamburg (UHH)

Tenure Track Professorship for Machine Learning in Particle Physics or Astrophysics

Universität Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Universität Hamburg is dedicated to sustainability, equal opportunity, and family-friendly policies. We also prize cultural diversity, communication, and interaction among people from different backgrounds and with different lifestyles.

As a University for sustainability, we put human resources development and especially the development and advancement of our early career researchers at the fore of our strategic endeavors. By strengthening the tenure-track professorship, Universität Hamburg has introduced a new career opportunity for early career researchers.

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


commencing as soon as possible, ref. no. JP 294.

The professorship is part of the newly established Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe at Universität Hamburg funded through Germany’s Excellence Strategy for research. Quantum Universe brings together leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology.


We are seeking applications from candidates internationally recognized for the development of machine learning techniques and their application to particle physics, experiments with colliders or observational astrophysics and cosmology. Possible research directions include, but are not limited to, pattern recognition in experimental data, Higgs Physics and searches for physics beyond the standard model, radio astronomy or high-energy astrophysics.

The professorship is based in the Department of Physics. The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the instruction of students through lectures, classes, and seminars as well as supervising thesis projects in all subjects offered by the Department of Physics.

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 18 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 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.

Junior professors have academic autonomy in their research and teaching. To ensure synergies in research and teaching, applicants’ subject interests are expected to relate to the topics addressed by the Quantum Universe cluster and to machine learning. Duties include participation in the University’s core research area Particle, Astro- and Mathematical Physics.

Tenure-track evaluation will be conducted during the second phase of the junior professorships in order to determine whether requirements for appointment to a W2 professorship have been met. Section 15 HmbHG applies. If the evaluation is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured W2 professorship. The regulations prohibiting internal appointments (Hausberufungsverbot) also apply to this junior professorship.

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. Peter Schleper at or Prof. Dr. Marcus Brüggen at

The application deadline is 18 July 2019. 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 JP 294, preferably by email in a single PDF file, to: or per post to:

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Tenure Track Professorship for Machine Learning in Particle Physics or Astrophysics