Professorship for Ecology of Urban and Rural Systems

Technical University Braunschweig

Professorship for Ecology of Urban and Rural Systems

Technical University Braunschweig

Braunschweig, Germany

Technische Universität Braunschweig is one of Germany’s leading institutes of technology and offers an inspiring work environment with a wide range of research and teaching opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities. The 3,800 members of our academic, technical and administrative staff – including more than 400 international scientific staff – work together to ensure that our university successfully fulfils its mission of providing excellent teaching for our approximately 16,000 students and 100 trainees.

We focus our research on mobility, metrology, engineering for health, and the future city. Our core disciplines include a comprehensive engineering division and a strong natural sciences division, closely linked with business sciences, social sciences, educational sciences, and the humanities.

Our university is located at the heart of one of Europe’s most research-intensive regions. We cooperate closely with the more than 20 internationally renowned research institutions in our vicinity and our network extends to our partner universities in Germany and all over the world, with whom we maintain strong relationships.

Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Geoecology

We offer a Professorship for Ecology of Urban and Rural Systems Salary-Gr. W 3.

The appointment is for the earliest possible date.

Your responsibilities

The holder of the position should represent the research field of Ecology of Urban and Rural Systems in the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences in an internationally visible manner and further develop the excellent scientific profile of the TU Braunschweig in this field in an innovative way. The ecology of urban and rural systems aims to understand ecosystemic and anthropogenically influenced patterns and processes, including the influences of land management, landscape design and infrastructure development in the urban and agricultural landscape habitats. The aim of the research is, among other things, to assess the consequences of landscape and land use changes with regard to biodiversity and ecosystem functions, including those caused by climate change stressors. The research is cross-sphere and links questions on the environment, biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services across different spatial and temporal scales.

Possible research foci are:

  • Analysis and simulation of complex landscape and land use systems in urban and rural areas;
  • Ecological adaptation pathways for coping with the problems of biodiversity and climate change;
  • Statistical analysis and mechanistic, process-oriented modeling of patterns and developments of urban and rural habitats and the land use systems that shape them;
  • Impact assessment of landscape and land use changes with regard to biodiversity and ecosystem functions;
  • Combining modeling methods with field and/or experimental ecology;
  • Animal-, plant- or limnoecology;
  • Interface between terrestrial and aquatic habitats on coasts and shores.

The successful candidate (f/m/d) is expected to be committed to the university’s strategic goals and to actively shape its holistic development (​hochschulentwicklung). In addition to the classic service areas of a university (research, teaching and studies, transfer, governance and administration), this applies in particular to digitalisation, internationalisation, equality and diversity, as well as knowledge exchange.

Our expectations

The professorship is associated with the management of a department at the Institute of Geoecology. In teaching, part of the teaching commitment is to be provided in the basic subjects of the Bachelor's and Master's programs. The courses offered also complement the courses offered in the Environmental Engineering degree program. Teaching should be research-oriented and convey practical research methods in the context of excursions or landscape ecology field methods, for example. As part of the internationalization of teaching, courses taught in the English language should also be developed and implemented. Active participation in the development of the research focus "City of the Future" is desired.

We also expect:

  • The successful candidate (f/m/d) has a relevant academic and practical track record and several years of professional experience. Scientific excellence should be demonstrated through publication activity in international peer-reviewed journals and through successful acquisition of third-party funding. Experience in applying for and working on projects from scientifically demanding third-party funding bodies such as the DFG or the ERC is desirable;
  • National and international networking;
  • Practical experience in the scope of field ecology and experimental ecology;
  • Didactic aptitude, language skills for teaching in German and English;
  • Experience in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation;
  • Willingness to actively participate in faculty matters and committees;
  • Ability to work in a team and social competence.

Individual career decisions and career breaks due to parental/​family care leave affecting research output will be taken into account by the appointment committee.

Requirements, § 25 NHG

  • A degree in a relevant field;
  • Pedagogical aptitude;
  • Special qualification for in‑depth independent scientific work, as a rule proven by an above-average doctorate;
  • Additional academic achievements, usually within the framework of a junior professorship, a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) or through achievements equivalent to a Habilitation.


Technische Universität Braunschweig makes personnel decisions on the basis auf suitability, ability and professional performance. Our aim is to increase the share of women in academic positions. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from women and will give preference to female candidates with equivalent qualifications. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and, if equally qualified, will be given preference in the appointment process.

Technische Universität Braunschweig is certified as a family‑friendly university. We are committed to facilitating a healthy and productive work-life balance and offer a dual career service as well as support for newly appointed staff. Our Family Office provides advice on all issues relating to family, childcare, and caring for relatives. Our “Prof.‑Programm” offers exclusive status-related exchange and consulting formats, in particular to newly appointed professors.

Professional and Personnel Development promotes the professional development of all employees through a wide range of courses and activities.

The university actively endorses equal opportunities and diversity and promotes diverse perspectives as essential in contributing to the university’s success in research, teaching, transfer and administration.

We particularly invite applications from international candidates (f/m/d). German language skills are not a prerequisite. However, the successful candidate is expected to acquire sufficient language skills to perform teaching and administrative duties in German within two years of appointment.

Even though this is a permanent full-time position, a part‑time appointment may be possible upon request.

Applicants (f/m/d) who are 50 years or older at the time the appointment commences and who have not acquired permanent civil servant status (Beamten­verhältnis auf Lebenszeit) will be employed with employee status (Angestellten­verhältnis).

Deadline for application

The application deadline is 2024-09-15.


Informal enquiries about the job can be directed to:

Prof. Dr. Jens Dauber
Tel: +49 531 596-2501

For questions regarding legal matters, please contact:

Anne Fritz
Tel: + 49 531 391-4350

For questions regarding the online application process, please contact:

Nicole Brückner
Tel: + 49 531 391-14143

We are looking forward to your application!

Applicants (f/m/d) are requested to attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • Academic background (curriculum vitae);
  • Academic certificates and diplomas (degrees);
  • List of publications, including copies of 3 select publications;
  • List of externally funded projects and description of own role in these projects;
  • Research and teaching statement;
  • List of courses taught and results of course evaluations;
  • If applicable, add proof of parental/​family care leave;
  • If applicable, add proof of disability status.

Please submit the application, including all documents, digitally via the online portal of Technische Universität Braunschweig.

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