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Owing to the successful application to the German federal-state programme for promoting early-career researchers (tenure-track programme), the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry invites applications for a

W1 Professorship (with W2 tenure track) in Inorganic Chemistry with a focus on Materials and Energy

The position is offered with the earliest possible starting date for a period of six years pursuant to § 64 Para. 3 and 4 Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG). According to § 64 Para. 3 HHG, the applicant should have gained a doctoral degree at an institution of higher education other than Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) or have been in academic employment at an institution other than JLU for at least two years after conferral of a doctoral degree. The duration of said post-doctoral employment may not exceed four years or, in the case of successful completion of further academic training pursuant to § 62 Para. 6 HHG, may not exceed seven years. In the case of successful completion of the six-year W1 position, which is to be assessed in an evaluation procedure pursuant to § 64 Para. 2 HHG, the appointment will be converted into a permanent W2 professorship. Proficient knowledge of German is expected.


Work groups in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics with a focus on “Materials and Energy” are engaged in the research on scientific problems concerning energy storage and conversion, materials for energy-efficient technologies and syntheses for sustainable and resource-uncritical materials, often in close collaboration with partners of the Research Campus Central Hessen.

The new professorship is expected to extend these activities with an experimental and preferably synthetic-preparative oriented approach, and to expand the existing spectrum of methods in the JLU Centre for Materials Research (e.g. photoelectrochemistry and materials analysis). Active membership in the Centre for Materials Research is expected and, as among other things, it will secure comprehensive use of the available methods and equipment by the professorship. Activities at the JLU include successful independent acquisition of external funding, visible engagement in research networking, active participation in establishing new teaching courses and participation in graduate education (e.g. in the Centre for Materials Research).

During the qualification phase the successful candidate is expected to teach in all bachelor’s and master’s courses in Inorganic Chemistry, currently 4 SWS (weekly lecture hours per semester), and in joint courses for degree programs with chemistry as a subsidiary subject (partly in English). Integration of gender aspects in all teaching courses is desirable.


The candidate is expected to be willing to contribute to the Graduate Training Programme 2204 (Substitution materials) and to develop new cooperative externally funded projects in the field of inorganic materials research. Initial experience with the acquisition of external funding is desirable. Of particular importance is the commitment to promote internationalization, to strengthen existing joint research projects and to establish new research partnerships.

The JLU aims to employ more women in academic research. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. JLU also pursues the goal at faculty leadership level of increased competence in dealing with gender and family-related issues. JLU is regarded as a family-friendly university. Applicants with children are very welcome. Applications from disabled people of equal aptitude will be given preference.

Please send your letter of application (no e-mails, please) with a CV and a documentation of your qualifications and teaching competence to: The President of the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Erwin-Stein-Gebaeude, Goethestrasse 58, 35390 Giessen, Germany, quoting reference number 8-19/20. Applications must be received by November 19th, 2020 at the latest. Candidates are strongly recommended to refer to our webpage on application procedures at Please only submit copies of your application documents without document files or folders, as they cannot be returned after the application procedure has been completed.


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