Junior-Professorship (W 1) with tenure track for “Soil- and Plant Microbiome”, Germany

The Institute for Phytopathology, Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at Kiel University, Germany, invites applications for a  Junior-Professorship (W 1) with tenure track for “Soil- and Plant Microbiome”which is initially appointed for 3 years („Beamtenverhältnis auf Zeit”). The future holder of this post shall represent the field of soil and plant microbiome in research and teaching. In research, the professorship shall focus on the role of soil and plant microbiome in nutrient mobilization, protection against pathogens and tolerance to abiotic stressors. This includes, in particular, the examination of the role of the microbiome in the development of sustainable agricultural land use systems. Intensive cooperation within the faculty (especially fields of crop science) and across the university (e.g. research focus KLS, SFB 1182) is desired. The facilities of the interdisciplinary Centre for Molecular Biosciences will be made available for this purpose ( The focus of teaching will be on developing new courses for studies in Agricultural Science, Environmental Management or AgriGenomics. The ability to teach courses in both German and English is also expected.

The candidate

  •  An university degree in the fields of Agricultural and Life Sciences as well as an above-average doctorate.
  • The PhD and period of employment before recruitment should not be more than six years in total.
  • Applicants should already be renowned due to initial publications in the research fields mentioned above.
  • Experience with the acquisition of third-party funds is desired.

Attention is drawn to the requirements of § 64 of the Higher Education Act of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. Further information can be found on the homepage

Due to the tenure track option, the post may be raised to a W 2 professorship without time limit after successfully applying and if the requirements of § 62 Higher Education Act of the State of Schleswig-Holstein have been fulfilled. In addition to the evaluation of the junior professorship, Kiel University carries out a separate evaluation procedure, usually during the second phase of the junior professorship.

Applications in electronic form including, curriculum vitae without photograph, list of publications, teaching experience, list of third-party projects, a short research perspective, and copies of academic certificates together with private and business mailing addresses, including phone number and e-mail address should be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Kiel University, 24098 Kiel, Germany (

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