Assistant Professor (m/f/d) in Geographical Human-Environment Research via EURAXESS

Universität Osnabrück

Osnabrück, , DE



Osnabrück University is a dynamic place to carry out research and to teach. The University is an integral part of Osnabrück − the City of Peace, a vibrant city that is rich in tradition and culture. Osnabrück University has positioned itself in the German higher education landscape as a medium-sized university with the ability to attract the best brains and to secure substantial financial resources. Employees appreciate the University’s family-friendly atmosphere. The Institute of Geography with its approximately 50 members is characterized by interdisciplinary and cooperative research. The Institute’s research focuses on human-environment interactions as well as migration and globalisation. It is closely linked to the renowned research centres, Institute for Environmental Systems Research (IUSF) and Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS).

The School of Cultural Studies and Social Sciences at Osnabrück University seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (m/f/d) in Geographical Human-Environment-Research at the earliest possible date.


Assistant Professor (m/f/d) in Geographical Human-Environment Research (W1) with tenure track option (to W2)

This tenure track Professorship is funded by the German Federal Government and the Länder under its Program for the Promotion of Young Academics (Tenure Track Program).

Upon meeting the general administrative requirements, you will be employed as a civil servant on limited tenure for an initial period of three years. If you receive a positive evaluation after the initial three years, this period can be extended by up to three further years.

If you meet Osnabrücks University’s standards with respect to ability, competence and academic achievement, you will be offered a tenured W2 Professorship in accordance with the relevant legal provisions without further application.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Research should be especially in the field of human-environment at the Institute of Geography (IfG) and the Research Centre Institute for Environmental Systems Research including inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation, thus strengthening the priority profile of the IfG “Human-Environment”.

Participation in courses of study in geography and environmental systems science.

Conditions of Employment:

You must have:

A doctorate of outstanding quality in the field of geography, geoecology, environmental systems science, environmental science or comparable disciplines, research experience at the interface of natural and social sciences, ability to model human-environment relationships in relation to terrestrial ecosystems and publications in international journals.

Further you must have experience in empirical work using quantitative and qualitative methods.

You should also have experience in application for third-party funds as well as experience in the analysis of the soil-water society nexus. Furthermore, you should have very good English and German language skills or the willingness to acquire them within the framework of the junior professorship must be present.

Also desirable is teaching experience in geography, geoecology, environmental systems science, environmental science or related disciplines and experience in university’s self-government.

Legal Conditions of Employment:

You will hold a first degree, have a strong commitment to teaching, and have demonstrated your ability to engage independently in advanced academic research, as a rule by obtaining an outstanding PhD (in accordance with Section 30 subsection 2 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act [NHG]) in a relevant subject.

If you have been employed as a research fellow or a graduate assistant prior to or after acquiring your PhD, then the combined duration of your PhD studies and your employment should not exceed six years (§ 30 para. 5 NHG).

Assistant professorships were introduced in order to lower the average age of scholars receiving their first appointment to a professorship, thereby providing them with employment security as they start their career. Applications are therefore particularly welcome from scholars in the early stages of their career.

The position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Osnabrück University is a family-friendly university and is committed to helping working/studying parents balance their family and working lives.

Osnabrück University is actively seeking to increase the number of female Professors in its employ. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome.

If two candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to the candidate with disability status.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Franz, Tel. 0541-969- 4277, E-Mail: [email protected].

Please submit your application (including a curriculum vitae, scientific career, list of publications, research projects, list of courses held to date, presentation of the planned research and teaching profile and the development prospects of the professorship) in electronic form (as one PDF file) together with the “Bewerbungsprofil” [“Applicant Profile”) form available on the university homepage ( to the Dean of the School of Cultural Studies and Social Sciences, [email protected] to arrive by March 25, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your application.