Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

The University of Innsbruck invites applications for the position of

University Professor of Plant Biotechnology

at the Michael-Popp Research Institute at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy.

It is a position in accordance with § 98 of the Austrian Universities’ Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002) and will be based on a civil-law employment contract with the University on the basis of the Salaried Employees Act (Angestelltengesetz). The contract be concluded for a period of five years; the extent of employment is 100%.

Following the five-years’ term the University intends, in accordance with the financial possibilities, to extend the contract for an unlimited period of time provided that the evaluation according to § 14 Section 7 UG 2002 is positive.

The tender takes place within the framework of an endowed professorship funded by the Province of Tyrol.

Responsibilities include

The chair-holder is to represent the subject of Plant Biotechnology both in research and teaching with a focus on development, optimization and use of biotechnological processes to innovate and increase the efficiency of plant production, esp. in the area of biosynthesis, regulation and metabolism of secondary plant constituents, plant cell and tissue cultures, plant breeding and micropropagation of plants, clonal reproduction, gene functions in plants by gene targeting, as well as systems biology analysis of cellular networks.

The close cooperation with the research areas of the Center of Molecular Biosciences Innsbruck ( and participation in faculty-spanning research areas is expected.

In teaching, the future professor needs to contribute to / cover the subject area of plant biotechnology on all three levels of the Bologna System (B.A., M.A., PhD) / in the relevant courses of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy as well as Biology.

Personal involvement in academic administration and self-governance as well as in the institute’s and faculty’s working groups will form another essential duty.

Employment Requirements include

  1. a degree in higher education in Austria or the equivalent abroad, pertinent to the position;
  2. pertinent habilitation or comparable qualification (e.g. senior lecturer, associate professor);
  3. publications in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals;
  4. proven competence in the area of green biotechnology;
  5. evidence of involvement in international research;
  6. interdisciplinary work in the fields of biotechnological research;
  7. relevant international experience;
  8. experience in acquiring and managing external research funds;
  9. pronounced teaching skills;
  10. management skills;
  11. Basic knowledge of the German language is desirable.

Your application must have arrived by 31.03.2020 at Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck Fakultäten Servicestelle Standort Innrain 52f, A-6020 Innsbruck (

The University of Innsbruck is committed to increasing the percentage of female employees especially in leading positions and therefore explicitly invites women to apply. In the case of equivalent qualifications, women will be given preference.

In line with the Collective Bargaining Agreement professors are in remuneration group A 1, i.e., for a full-term professorship the basic salary is 5.130,20 Euro (14 times). Depending on qualification and experience a higher salary and facilities may be negotiated with the Rector. The university also offers attractive additional benefits (

The application should include: a curriculum vitae with a description of your scholarly and professional career; a list of scientific publications, lectures and other academic work and projects, including projects funded by third parties; a description of completed, current and intended research; the five most important works. All documents have to be submitted in digital form (CD-ROM, e-mail, etc.). Hardcopy (paper) is optional.

The full, authoritative text in German (published in the official bulletin of the University of 08.01.2020) can be found at

Up-to-date information on the state of the opening can be found at

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Tilmann Märk


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