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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Inter­na­tio­nal Insti­tute (IHI) Zit­tau

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Chair (W3) of Func­tio­nal Soil Bio­di­ver­sity Rese­arch com­bi­ned with the posi­tion of the
Head of Depart­ment of Soil Zoo­logy
at Sencken­berg Museum of Natu­ral History Gör­litz (SMNG)

The Inter­na­tio­nal Insti­tute (IHI) Zit­tau, a Cen­tral Aca­de­mic Unit of TU Dres­den, and the Sencken­berg Society for Nature Rese­arch are see­king to fill the
Chair (W3) of Func­tio­nal Soil Bio­di­ver­sity Rese­arch com­bi­ned with the posi­tion of the
Head of Depart­ment of Soil Zoo­logy at Sencken­berg Museum of Natu­ral History Gör­litz (SMNG)
star­ting Janu­ary 1, 2023.

Working field:

The Sencken­berg Society for Nature Rese­arch (SGN), a mem­ber insti­tu­tion of the Leib­niz Asso­cia­tion, con­ducts inte­gra­tive natu­ral history rese­arch with almost 800 employees in lea­ding rese­arch insti­tu­tes in seven federal sta­tes. The Sencken­berg Museum of Natu­ral History Gör­litz (SMNG) has rese­arch depart­ments in the fields of soil zoo­logy, zoo­logy and botany and main­tains a public museum exhi­bi­tion. Sencken­berg and TU Dres­den coope­rate clo­sely in both rese­arch on and tea­ching of these topics.

At TU Dres­den you (m/f/x) are respon­si­ble for tea­ching in the above-men­tio­ned area. To this intent, a second affi­lia­tion is being sought for the Faculty of Bio­logy. You will be invol­ved in tea­ching the Eng­lish-lan­guage Mas­ter’s study pro­grams "Orga­nis­mic and Mole­cu­lar Bio­di­ver­sity" at TU Dres­den and "Eco­sys­tem Ser­vices" at IHI Zit­tau, which are signi­fi­cantly sup­por­ted by Sencken­berg. We expect you to be wil­ling and capa­ble of tea­ching cour­ses in Eng­lish, to super-vise stu­dents and aca­de­mic staff, and to actively par­ti­ci­pate in cur­ri­cula deve­lop­ment and in aca­de­mic com­mit­tees and boards.

At SMNG you will head the Depart­ment of Soil Zoo­logy with seven sci­en­ti­fic sec­tions and over five mil­lion objects in the collec­tion. Tog­e­ther with the sec­tion heads, you are respon­si­ble for the deve­lop­ment of the rese­arch pro­file, the collec­tions and aca­de­mic tea­ching activi­ties of the depart­ment. Your rese­arch should address com­mu­nity eco­logy and func­tio­nal bio­di­ver­sity of soil ani­mals, inclu­ding model­ling of asso­cia­ted data, wit­hin the con­text of the "Anthropo­cene Bio­di­ver-sity Loss”. You will actively pro­mote the inter­na­tio­nal soil zoo­lo­gi­cal data wareh­ouse “Eda­pho­base” and its app­li­ca­tion in change-sce­n­a­rio deve­lop­ment. We expect you to initiate and manage inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch pro­jects in coope­ra­tion with the sec­tion heads of the depart­ment, with other units wit­hin Sencken­berg, as well as with natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch insti­tu­tes, sup­por­ted by sub­stan­tial acqui­re­ment of third-party funds and high-level publi­ca­ti­ons. You will be edi­to­ri­ally respon­si­ble for the inter­na­tio­nal sci­en­ti­fic jour­nal “Soil Orga­nisms”. You will also be clo­sely invol­ved in the gene­ral admi­nis­tra­tion of the insti­tute.


We are see­king a can­di­date with out­stan­ding exper­tise in the field of soil bio­di­ver­sity rese­arch, excel­lent know­ledge of the eco­logy, sys­te­ma­tics and inte­gra­tive taxo­nomy of soil ani­mals, and rele­vant tea­ching expe­ri­ence in zoo­logy (inver­te­bra­tes) and eco­logy. You have an out­stan­ding record of publi­ca­ti­ons on func­tio­nal soil bio­di­ver­sity rese­arch, and a keen inte­rest in rese­arch based on sci­en­ti­fic collec­tions and data­ba­ses (collec­to­mics). You have exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the acqui­si­tion and manage­ment of third-party fun­ded pro­jects; moti­va­tion, com­mit­ment and the abi­lity to work inde­pendently as a rese­ar­cher; and are expe­ri­en­ced in gui­ding staff and lea­ding lar­ger working groups. Expe­ri­ence in edi­to­rial activi­ties of sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals is a fur­ther bene­fit. App­li­cants must ful­fil the employ­ment qua­li­fi­ca­tion requi­re­ments of § 58 of the Act on the Auto­nomy of Insti­tu­ti­ons of Hig­her Edu­ca­tion in the Free State of Sax­ony (SächsHSFG).

What we offer:

If you have any fur­ther ques­ti­ons, please con­tact the head of the appoint­ment com­mit­tee of elec­tion, Prof. Mar­tin Hof­rich­ter, phone +49 3583 612 4121, email: or Prof. Kars­ten Wesche from the Sencken­berg Museum of Natu­ral History Gör­litz, phone +49 3581 4760 5300, email:

TU Dres­den and Sencken­berg seek to employ more female pro­fes­sors. Hence, we par­ti­cu­larly encou­rage women to apply. App­li­ca­ti­ons from can­di­da­tes with disa­bi­li­ties or those requi­ring addi­tio­nal sup­port are very wel­come. The Uni­ver­sity is a cer­ti­fied family-fri­endly uni­ver­sity and offers a dual career ser­vice; also Sencken­berg is cer­ti­fied as family fri­endly (audit beru­f­und­fami-lie). If you have any ques­ti­ons about these topics, please con­tact the Equal Oppor­tu­nities Offi­cer of IHI Zit­tau (Ms. Uta Scheu­nig, +49 3583 612 4115) or the Equal Oppor­tu­nities Offi­cer at Sencken­berg (Ms. Doerte Florack,, or the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Employees with Disa­bi­li­ties at TU Dres­den (Mr. Roberto Lemm­rich, Tel.: +49 351 463 33175).

How to apply:

Please send your app­li­ca­tion, inclu­ding a cur­ri­cu­lum vitae and publi­ca­tion list, copies of the five most important publi­ca­ti­ons, a list of your pre­vious aca­de­mic tea­ching activi­ties (inclu­ding the results of tea­ching eva­lua­ti­ons of the last three years), a list of suc­cess­fully acqui­red third-party funds, state­ments on rese­arch plans, con­cepts for collec­tion deve­lop­ment and collec­tions-based rese­arch, ideas about tea­ching in rele­vant fields, and a let­ter in which you exp­lain your moti­va­tion for app­ly­ing by Febru­ary 21, 2022 (stam­ped arri­val date app­lies) to: TU Dres­den, IHI Zit­tau, Direk­tor Prof. Dr. Thors­ten Claus, Markt 23, 02763 Zit­tau, Ger­many or in elec­tro­nic form (CD, USB sto­rage medium or via the Secu­re­Mail Por­tal of the TU Dres­den, to In the course of fur­ther pro­cee­dings, the docu­ments will also be avail­able to the search com­mit­tee and the board of direc­tors of the Sencken­berg Society for Nature Rese­arch.

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: https: //tu-dres­­riere/daten­schutz­hin­weis.