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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Depart­ment of Bio­logy, Chem­istry, Phar­macy - Insti­tute of Chem­istry and Bio­chem­istry

Junior Pro­fessor of Cel­lu­lar Bio­chem­istry with a Focus on Dynamic Mac­ro­molec­u­lar Com­plexes

Work­ing field:

This ten­ure-track pro­fessor pos­i­tion is sup­por­ted fin­an­cially through the Ger­man fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments’ ten­ure-track pro­gram to pro­mote the careers of research­ers early on. Applic­a­tions from research­ers who have recently com­pleted their doc­toral degree and are in the early phase of their career are strongly encour­aged.

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will assume research and teach­ing respons­ib­il­it­ies in the field of cel­lu­lar bio­chem­istry with a focus on dynamic mac­ro­molec­u­lar com­plexes.


Appoint­ment require­ments are gov­erned by Sec­tion 102a of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz – Ber­lHG).

Can­did­ates have to demon­strate a research focus in dynamic mac­ro­molec­u­lar com­plexes. They will have proven exper­i­ence in com­bin­ing func­tional and molecu­lar-mech­an­istic ana­lyses in rela­tion to dynamic mac­ro­molec­u­lar com­plexes with sys­tem-wide (net­work) ana­lyses and a con­nec­tion to cel­lu­lar meta­bol­ism. Their research should com­ple­ment exist­ing and planned joint research ini­ti­at­ives, as well as exist­ing groups within the depart­ment. Fur­ther­more, they should have pub­lic­a­tions in high-rank­ing journ­als with inter­na­tional vis­ib­il­ity and have exper­i­ence with pro­jects fin­anced through third-party fund­ing. The can­did­ate will have exper­i­ence in teach­ing at the uni­versity level, as well as the abil­ity to teach and con­duct exam­in­a­tions in Ger­man or Eng­lish.

Along with the reg­u­lar offi­cial duties of pro­fess­ors lis­ted in Sec­tion 99 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the fol­low­ing activ­it­ies:

Can­did­ates will have a track record of inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research activ­it­ies in the field of mac­ro­molec­u­lar com­plexes, com­bin­ing bio­chem­ical, sys­tem-wide, and struc­tural approaches. Pos­sible research areas include the ana­lysis of the form­a­tion and func­tion­al­ity of pro­tein-nuc­leic acid com­plexes or pro­tein aggreg­ates dur­ing the devel­op­ment of neuro­de­gen­er­at­ive or autoim­mune dis­eases and/or in rela­tion to changes in body tem­per­at­ure. Their research will com­ple­ment the exist­ing expert­ise at the insti­tute and depart­ment. The junior pro­fessor will be expec­ted acquire third-party fund­ing and par­ti­cip­ate in col­lab­or­at­ive research. They will also develop an inter­na­tion­ally vis­ible, third party-fun­ded research group based in the Insti­tute of Chem­istry and Bio­chem­istry. They will con­trib­ute to exist­ing and planned ini­ti­at­ives such as TRR186 Molecu­lar Switches and/or in the field of quant­it­at­ive ima­ging of dynamic cel­lu­lar pro­cesses and/or body tem­per­at­ure-con­trolled gene expres­sion and/or cel­lu­lar com­part­ment­al­iz­a­tion. They will be respons­ible for devel­op­ing and par­ti­cip­at­ing in col­lab­or­at­ive research endeavors with appro­pri­ate part­ners at Freie Uni­versität and in the greater Ber­lin area. They will ful­fill teach­ing duties in the bach­elor’s and mas­ter’s bio­chem­istry pro­grams. The bach­elor’s degree pro­gram is taught in Ger­man, the mas­ter’s pro­gram in Eng­lish. The new junior pro­fessor will also be expec­ted to include gender and diversity aspects in their teach­ing.

The pos­i­tion entails a three-year appoint­ment as a civil ser­vant for a fixed period (“Beamter/Beamtin auf Zeit”). Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful midterm review (“Zwis­chene­valu­ation”), the pos­i­tion can be exten­ded for another three years. If the appointee then suc­cess­fully passes their ten­ure review, they will be appoin­ted to a per­man­ent pro­fess­or­ship through a stream­lined appoint­ment pro­ced­ure (i.e., the per­man­ent appoint­ment will not be advert­ised as a sep­ar­ate pos­i­tion). As part of this pro­cess, per­form­ance goals will be nego­ti­ated at the time the junior pro­fessor is hired. The ful­fill­ment of those goals will be assessed as part of the ten­ure review (Sec­tion 102c of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, Ber­lHG).

The per­form­ance goals will cover (but are not lim­ited to) the fol­low­ing areas:

  • Research
  • Teach­ing
  • Pro­mot­ing early-career research­ers
  • Aca­demic com­mit­tee work
  • Lead­er­ship and man­age­ment
  • Lan­guage pro­fi­ciency

At the time of appoint­ment to the per­man­ent pro­fess­or­ship, all gen­eral reg­u­la­tions and con­di­tions regard­ing pub­lic sec­tor employ­ment must be ful­filled.

In addi­tion, any can­did­ates who com­pleted their doc­toral degree at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin and/or are employed at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin must com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions stip­u­lated by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, Art­icle 102c, para­graph 3.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should include a CV, cop­ies of all cer­ti­fic­ates of aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish, a list of pub­lic­a­tions, a list of courses pre­vi­ously taught and evid­ence of teach­ing aptitude. Please include inform­a­tion on involve­ment in ongo­ing and future research endeavors, joint research pro­jects, extern­ally fun­ded pro­jects and, if neces­sary, lan­guage cer­ti­fic­ates. If applic­able, please give inform­a­tion on exper­i­ence in primary and sec­ond­ary edu­ca­tion, part­ner­ships with industry, inven­tions/pat­ents, and spin-offs.

Please sub­mit all applic­a­tion mater­i­als elec­tron­ic­ally as one PDF file (max­imum 5 MB) by Septem­ber 23rd, 2021. Be sure to include a per­sonal postal address and email, as well as the ref­er­ence code for the pos­i­tion (“W1-TT Zel­luläre Bio­chemie”). For formal pur­poses, (i.e., for format­ting applic­a­tion doc­u­ments), you may use the fol­low­ing postal address, but please send your applic­a­tion to the e-mail address below:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Depart­ment of Bio­logy, Chem­istry, Phar­macy
Dean’s Office
Attn: Pro­fessor Mat­thias Melzig
Arn­im­al­lee 22
14195 Ber­lin


Applic­a­tion doc­u­ments will be deleted from our serv­ers after the legal reten­tion period has lapsed.

The reg­u­la­tions defined by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act that are rel­ev­ant to pro­fess­or­ships (Sec­tions 99, 100, 101, 102a, 102c Ber­lHG) can be found online:

On the given occa­sion and for the dur­a­tion of the essen­tial on-site oper­a­tions by Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, we kindly ask you to apply elec­tron­ic­ally by e-mail. The pro­cessing of a postal applic­a­tion can­not be guar­an­teed.

With an elec­tronic applic­a­tion, you acknow­ledge that FU Ber­lin saves and pro­cesses your data. FU Ber­lin can­not guar­an­tee the secur­ity of your per­sonal data if you send your applic­a­tion over an unen­cryp­ted con­nec­tion.

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.