New job at Leuphana: professor for ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services

We have a new position open at our Faculty. Professorships in Germany are relevant to anyone who’s got a strong track record and is currently a postdoc or a bit further along. The official advertisement is here — it is copied below for your convenience. I’m excited about this opening, and hope we get many good applications — please help to spread the word! Thanks — Joern.

Professor for Ecosystem Functioning and Ecosystem Services (W2/W3)

13. November 2013

Leuphana University of Lüneburg seeks to fill the following professorial position within the Institute of Ecology at the Faculty of Sustainability at the earliest possible date:

Professor for Ecosystem Functioning and Ecosystem Services (W2/W3)

We invite applications from internationally distinguished researchers in the field of Ecosystem Functioning and Ecosystem Services, who are capable of representing the field in the broadest terms. Research of the successful candidate will focus on ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services in relation to biodiversity patterns and human impacts. This may include a wide range of themes such as the consequences of human-induced land use changes for ecosystem functioning and biodiversity, ecosystem processes such as carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, pollination, or the resilience of ecosystem functions and service provision. This research should contribute to inter- and transdisciplinary science in the emerging field of Sustainability Science.

The research topics addressed should be integrated into the faculty’s teaching program at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in general and organismic biology and ecology (e.g. lectures, field and lab courses) within the BSc Environmental Sciences, the MSc Sustainability Science, and the BA and MEd Biology.

Requirements include extensive experience with practical ecological work (in the field or the laboratory) and a strong track record (or demonstrably strong potential) with respect to publications and the acquisition of external funding. In addition, applicants must meet the requirements for a professorship at Leuphana University of Lüneburg (i.e., Master degree or equivalent in Biology/Ecology or Environmental Sciences or closely related sciences, PhD in natural sciences, and habilitation or equivalent track record). Collaboration within Leuphana’s research centre “Futures of Ecosystem Services (FuturES)” as well as with other groups in the Faculty of Sustainability Science is expected.

The professorial position will be filled in accordance with pay grade W2/W3 (university professor). For first time appointments, the position will be limited to five years initially. For applicants who already hold a university appointment at W2 or W3 level, a lifetime appointment is possible. In individual cases, this also applies to first-time appointments.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg seeks to increase the number of female professors. Qualified female scholars are, therefore, particularly invited to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in accordance with the applicable statutory provisions. Additional employment requirements are in accordance with § 25 of the Lower Saxony University Act (NHG).

For further information, please contact the Dean of the Faculty of Sustainability, Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang.

Candidates should send their application and CV, including a statement of research achievements, future research interests, list of publications (indicating five key publications), list of external funding, and an overview of teaching experience to the President of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Postfach 2440, Lüneburg D-21314, Germany, or mail them electronically to by January 5, 2014.

The profile paper for this job announcement is available here.

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