Assistant Professor - Tenure Track

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Start date/duration
  • 01.11.2019
  • for 6 years, possibility of a qualification agreement

Job profile:

The jobholder will carry out high level research and specialise in a particular research field, teach independently, supervise students and carry out administrative tasks. During the first year of employment it is possible to conclude a "qualification agreement", which is equivalent to tenure track. If the terms of the qualification agreement are delivered, the jobholder will be promoted to Associate Professor with permanent employment.

Main tasks:
  • Research: Project-directed work in collaboration with the international scientific community, supported by independently acquired external funding aimed at high impact publishing; the jobholder is expected to write a postdoctoral thesis ("Habilitation"), focussing on the evolution of alpine plant populations, and to support long-term ecological research (LTER) projects
  • Teaching: Teaching according to the curricula of the Faculty of Biology (Bachelor's Programme "Biology" and Master's Programme "Botany") and supervision of BSc and MSc research projects
  • Administration: Contributing to administrative tasks at the Department and Faculty level

  • PhD in Biology or converging sciences
  • Scientific achievements beyond the PhD thesis
  • Previous postdoc position or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience with evolutionary research (genomics, molecular genetics, species distribution modelling) is essential; knowledge of experimental approaches (e.g., reciprocal transplantation experiments) is desirable
  • Independent evolutionary research, ideally using alpine populations
  • Excellent knowledge of the flora and vegetation of the Alps or comparable European mountain ranges
  • Publications in international, peer-reviewed journals
  • Mobility experience
  • International scientific collaborations
  • Physical aptitude to work in high alpine terrain and to lead excursions in alpine regions
  • Experience with third party-funded research projects
  • Experience with teaching and (co-)supervision of BSc and MSc students is desirable
  • Experience in a non-university environment (for example, in conservation) is desirable
  • Proficiency to teach courses in German within two years
  • Excellent team and communication skills
  • Resilience and flexibility
  • High problem-solving competence
  • The application must include a research concept and a teaching concept


We are looking forward to receiving your online application.

The full, legally binding call for application (in German) including the salary be found here:

The University of Innsbruck is committed to raising the quota of female employees and therefore explicitly welcomes applications from qualified women. This applies in particular to scientific positions. In the case of female underrepresentation women with equal qualifications will be given priority.

In accordance with Austrian disability laws qualified people with special requirements are expressly encouraged to apply for jobs. For more information please contact the disabled confidant Dr. Adolf Sandbichler.

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