Professorship for Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Technische Universitaet Braunschweig

Braunschweig, Germany 🇩🇪

With 18,500 students and 3,700 staff members, Technische Universität Braunschweig is the largest Institute of Technology in Northern Germany. It stands for a strategic and achievement-oriented way of thinking and acting, relevant research, exceptional teaching and the successful transfer of knowledge and technologies to industry and society. We consistently advocate family friendliness and equal opportunities.   

We focus our research on mobility, infections and therapeutics, metrology, and future city. Our core disciplines include a comprehensive engineering branch and a strong natural sciences branch, closely linked with business sciences, social sciences, humanities and educational sciences.

Our campus is located at the heart of one of Europe’s most active research regions. We cooperate closely and successfully with more than 20 research institutions right on our doorstep and maintain strong relationships with our partner universities all over the world.

DEPARTMENT Architecture

We offer a

„Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering“

Salary-Gr. W3

The earliest appointment is possible from 1st of April 2024 on.

Your responsibilities

Within the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, the successful candidate will be expected to represent the field of “Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering” distinctly and internationally, and to innovatively enhance the university’s scientific profile in this area of research.

Fundamental and applied research should mainly focus on the examination of the interactions between soil, environment, and water, interdependencies between soil and climate change, sustainable use of construction materials, implementation of the energy transition, offshore technology, and radioactive waste repository issues.

Potential fields of research are:

  • (Offshore) Foundations, tiebacks, and demolition
  • Sustainability of geotechnical techniques and methods
  • Thermodynamic aspects of geotechnical engineering
  • Refinement of constitutive models, e. g. for the creep characteristics of clay / crystalline rock in underground construction
  • Application of digitalization methods and data science
  • Decrease of energy consumption, consumption of resources, and COâ‚‚ emissions within the area of geotechnical engineering
  • Development of procedural solutions considering requirements in terms of sustainability, digitalization, and automation during planning and implementation of geotechnical measures

Our expectations

The successful candidate must represent the entire field of “Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering” in any related undergraduate (German language) and graduate courses in the Bachelor’s / Master’s programs “Civil Engineering”, “Environmental Engineering” and “Industrial Engineering, Study Course Civil Engineering” in German and English.

The willingness for interdisciplinary cooperation with other fields of the faculty, e.g. the field of numerical modeling or other research areas of civil and environmental engineering and environmental sciences is mandatory. Furthermore, active involvement in and contribution to the university’s core research area “Future City” is desired. Also, contributing to the research cooperation “Forschungszentrum Küste” (FZK) is part of the professorship by having a seat in its directorate. Participating in the academic self-administration processes of the university in all ranks is obligatory.

It is furthermore expected:

  • The eligible candidate possesses longtime experience in science and praxis. Her/his scientific excellence should be demonstrated by publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, and by the successful application for third-party funds. Experience with the application and realization of projects funded by ambitious third-party fund donors like the DFG or ERC is preferable.
  • Practical experience in the field of geomechanical engineering can be attested by any involvements in or accomplishments of geotechnical projects in planning, consultative or managerial responsibilities.
  • International networking
  • Qualification in terms of didactic and educational competence, language skills for teaching in English and German
  • Willingness for active participation in matters of the faculty and related committees, as well as for interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Capacity for teamwork, and social aptitude

Requirements, § 25 NHG

  • Completed university studies
  • Educational/pedagogical aptitude (will be demonstrated in demonstration lesson i. a.)
  • Extraordinary qualification for independent, detailed scientific research, which is usually proven by an above-average doctoral thesis
  • Additional scientific accomplishments, e. g. in the context of a Junior Professorship, Habilitation, or other equivalent qualifications


At TU Braunschweig, we aim to increase the share of women in academic positions and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Where candidates have equivalent qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates. Applications from international scientists are welcome. Where candidates have the same qualifications, preference will be given to disabled candidates.

It is a permanent full-time position. A part-time appointment may be possible on request. Applicants who are 50 years or older at the time the appointment commences and who have not acquired permanent civil servant status (Beamtenverhältnis auf Lebenszeit) will be employed with employee status (Angestelltenverhältnis). 

We are looking forward to your application!

Applicants are requested to attach a brief overview of their personal data to the usual documents:

  • Academic background (curriculum vitae) 
  • Academic certificates and diplomas (degrees)
  • List of publications
  • Research concept with a list of third-party funds, project code, and description of own participation
  • Teaching concept with a list of courses, including results of course evaluation
  • If necessary, add proof of parental/care leave or disability.

Deadline for application

The application deadline is 2022-09-30


Questions about the professorship will be answered by

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Goseberg,
T + 49 531 391 3930
[email protected]

If you have any questions regarding personnel law matters, please contact

Anne Fritz/Nicole BrĂĽckner,
T + 49 531 391 14143
[email protected]






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