The Institute for Astrophysics at the University of Cologne is an internationally recognized institution in the development of infrared and sub-mm instrumentation enabling cutting-edge observational programs. This is complemented by research in theoretical astrophysics and laboratory spectroscopy.
We invite applications for a Professorship in Experimental Physics to renew and strengthen our expertise in the area of observational and experimental astronomy. The appointed professor will develop a research program leading to breakthrough results exploiting world-class facilities to which our institute contributes, such as the VLT(I)/ELT/JWST, ALMA or CCAT-prime. The successful candidate will build links to the existing groups in fields of research such as star and planet formation, the interstellar medium, AGNs and galaxy evolution. An active participation in instrumentation/technology programs for future ground/space-based facilities is a strong asset, and securing third-party funding is expected. The successful candidate will participate in teaching physics/astronomy at Bachelor and Master levels, and to the self-governance bodies of the University.
Profile: We are seeking a person with strong leadership potential (W2 tenure track W3) or with outstanding visible achievements (W3) in fields relevant to observational and experimental astronomy, and in line with the described tasks. An excellent research track record is requested and demonstrated ability to attract third-party funding is desired. The candidate is expected to demonstrate teaching experience in physics and astronomy at the academic level.
Offer: The University of Cologne provides a stimulating academic environment with a wide range of career development opportunities as well as support services for dual career couples and family-friendly working conditions.
The position will be filled either at the associate professorship level (W2) with tenure track to full professorship (W3), or directly as a permanent W3 position, depending on the profile of the candidate. For W2 tenure-track appointments, the tenure decision for a permanent W3 professorship will be based on the results of a final evaluation within the 5th year after entering into office in accordance with the Regulations for Quality Assurance in Tenure Track Procedures at the University of Cologne. As a rule, the teaching load comprises nine semester hours per week (i.e., two hours per week is one 90-minute course per semester). The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially. We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities/special needs or of equal status.
Please submit your application with standard documentation (CV, publication list, statement of research and teaching, record of external funding when applicable, certificates of qualification and appointments) via the University of Cologne’s Academic Job Portal (https://professorships.uni-koeln.de) by 15.12.2023. Your application must be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. For inquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Lucas Labadie ([email protected])