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Full Professor for Fungal Ecology

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences at the University of Bayreuth is currently seeking to appoint a


Full Professor for Fungal Ecology

at pay grade W 3 (minimum salary per month: 7,217 euros) to commence in October 2022. This is a permanent civil service position.


We seek a candidate with an excellent scientific track record in the fungal ecology of terrestrial ecosystems with a particular focus on fungal-plant interactions. A methodological profile in field and laboratory experimentation, modern molecular methods and/or advanced imaging methods is desired. Possible research foci include plant-fungal mutualisms such as mycorrhiza, or antagonistic plant-fungal interactions in the context of communities and ecosystem dynamics. The research should have clear links to sustainability, biodiversity or global change in agricultural and/or natural ecosystems.

The incumbent will be required to teach Fungal Biology and Ecology in the University of Bayreuth’s BSc Biology, MSc Biodiversity and Ecology, MSc Molecular Ecology as well as in the BSc Biology teacher education programme curricula. The ability to teach in English and German is expected.

We invite applications from candidates with proven publication impact and funding-acquisition records in Fungal Ecology. We expect a willingness to contribute to interdisciplinary cooperation in the Bayreuth Centre for Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER), in collaborative research centre 1357-Microplastic, as well as a willingness to initiate new collaborative research programmes.

In addition to the general administrative requirements, prerequisites for this position are a university degree, a doctoral degree, and a post-doctoral qualification to teach at a professorial level (Habilitation). Alternatively, evidence of equivalent scholarly achievement, for example as a junior professor or in a non-university environment, will also be considered. Only applicants who are 51 years of age or younger can be hired as civil servants. Exceptions will only be made if there are compelling reasons for doing so.

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club “Family at University”, and it offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Applications (CV, outlining education and academic career, list of publications, list of courses taught, experience obtaining external funding, as well as copies of all diplomas and certificates) are to be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences, Prof. Dr. Matthias Breuning, electronically via https://uni-bayreuth.berufungsportal.de by 30.09.2021. Applicants are welcome to direct questions and requests for further information to the Dean at dekanat.bcg@uni-bayreuth.de. Application documents will be deleted in accordance with data protection law following the conclusion of the appointment process.

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