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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty VI

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin, Fac­ulty VI – Plan­ning Build­ing Envir­on­ment, Insti­tute of Applied Geosciences together with the Helm­holtz Centre Pots­dam – GFZ Ger­man Research Centre for Geosciences offer an open pos­i­tion of a

Uni­versity Pro­fessor – salary grade W3

for the chair of “Geo­thermal Energy Sys­tems”

asso­ci­ated with the pos­i­tion of sec­tion lead­er­ship of “Geoen­ergy” at GFZ Pots­dam. Organ­ized as part of Depart­ment 4 “Geo­sys­tems”.

Work­ing field:

We are seek­ing highly qual­i­fied applic­ants with proven research exper­i­ence in geo­thermal energy sys­tems. This includes explor­a­tion and access of geo­thermal resources and devel­op­ment of sus­tain­able tech­no­lo­gies for their util­iz­a­tion.
The pro­fess­or­ship is expec­ted to con­trib­ute to major research areas of the top­ics “Geor­e­sources” and “Geoen­ergy” using a com­pet­it­ive infra­struc­ture. Par­ti­cip­a­tion in exist­ing depart­mental research both at GFZ and at TU Ber­lin and the setup of new major sci­ence pro­jects is anti­cip­ated.
Future energy sup­ply sys­tems will util­ize the geo­lo­gical sub­sur­face in dif­fer­ent ways:
1. Util­iz­a­tion of deep hydro­thermal and petro-thermal sys­tems for heat and power gen­er­a­tion
2. Aquifer Thermal Energy Stor­age (ATES) tech­no­lo­gies for energy stor­age
3. Power gen­er­a­tion from high-enthalpy geo­thermal sys­tems
A key future research focus will be on geo­thermal heat sup­ply for urban areas.
Access­ing geo­thermal energy requires the com­bined expert­ise in dif­fer­ent geoscientific and engin­eer­ing dis­cip­lines, includ­ing:
  • Factors con­trolling the deep thermal domain in dif­fer­ent tec­tonic set­tings and thus rel­ev­ant for the explor­a­tion and util­iz­a­tion of geo­thermal resources
  • Coupled thermal-hydraulic-mech­an­ical-chem­ical pro­cesses, that influ­ence the pro­ductiv­ity and safety of geo­thermal util­iz­a­tion
  • Tech­no­lo­gies for well design, reser­voir engin­eer­ing and reser­voir mon­it­or­ing,
  • Integ­ra­tion with pro­cessing and power plant tech­no­lo­gies.


The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is expec­ted to have an inter­na­tional repu­ta­tion and out­stand­ing know­ledge in geo­thermal energy sys­tems (out­stand­ing pub­lic­a­tion achieve­ments, record of attrac­ted external fund­ing). Can­did­ates must qual­ify for appoint­ment accord­ing to the require­ments of §100 of the Ber­lin State Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­lHG); these entail a com­pleted uni­versity degree, sci­entific qual­i­fic­a­tions (PhD as well as “Habil­it­a­tion” or equi­val­ent sci­entific achieve­ments, i.e. pub­lic­a­tions) and an exem­plary record of research achieve­ment as an assist­ant / asso­ci­ate pro­fessor or uni­versity researcher and/or an out­stand­ing career out­side aca­demia. Abil­ity in and com­mit­ment to teach­ing are essen­tial and the pro­fess­or­ship will con­trib­ute to the teach­ing port­fo­lio of the Insti­tute of Applied Geosciences at TU Ber­lin. Didactic qual­i­fic­a­tions can, for example, be given proof of by a teach­ing port­fo­lio (for more inform­a­tion see TUB web­site, quick access no. 144242). You should be will­ing and able to deliver courses in Ger­man and Eng­lish. Addi­tion­ally, a sub­stan­tial degree of cooper­a­tion and exper­i­ence in lead­ing work­ing groups is expec­ted.

How to ap­ply:

You can expect a very diverse and chal­len­ging job in an inter­na­tional work envir­on­ment that is char­ac­ter­ized by excit­ing research pro­jects. The com­pat­ib­il­ity of work and fam­ily life is a spe­cial con­cern to us. There­fore, we offer the oppor­tun­ity for flex­ible work­ing time and work­places. Moreover, there is a kinder­garten loc­ated on the research cam­pus at GFZ in Pots­dam.

The GFZ and TU Ber­lin are part­ner with Geo.X (, and as such are well con­nec­ted with other geoscience insti­tu­tions in Pots­dam und Ber­lin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expert­ise in Europe and offers excel­lent oppor­tun­it­ies for cooper­a­tion and devel­op­ment.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is determ­ined to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing and there­fore strongly encour­ages qual­i­fied female research­ers to apply. In case of equal merit, severely dis­abled can­did­ates will be favored. TU Ber­lin val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is a cer­ti­fied fam­ily-friendly higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion, and our Dual Career Ser­vice offers assist­ance to you and your fam­ily when relo­cat­ing to Ber­lin.

The applic­a­tion doc­u­ments should include a teach­ing and research port­fo­lio. For more inform­a­tion see TUB web­site (quick access no. 143870).

Please send your applic­a­tion in Ger­man and/or Eng­lish by 8th April 2019, stat­ing the job ref­er­ence num­ber and with the usual doc­u­ments (i.a. CV, cer­ti­fic­ates, list of pub­lic­a­tions, list of third party fund­ing, research and teach­ing concept, teach­ing port­fo­lio, and – accord­ing to your best estim­ate – your five most import­ant pub­lic­a­tions), prefer­ably in a single pdf file by e-mail to or in writ­ing to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent -, Dekan der Fak­ultät VI Planen Bauen Umwelt, Sekr. A 1, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Ber­lin. The total length of the applic­a­tion must not exceed 30 pages. Fur­ther doc­u­ments may be reques­ted at a later stage.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned.