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The University of Freiburg has been granted 19 tenure-track-professorships from the Tenure-Track- Programme and now invites applications in the context of this programme for a Tenure-Track Professorship for Climate Geography at the faculty of Environment and Natural Resources in the Department of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography.

This is a grade W1-professorship to which performance payments can be offered. It is to be filled by October 2021. This professorship is suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.

The applicant’s research focus should be in the area of climate geography, covering in particular the interactions between global climatic change and regional and local effects and contextual conditions. Expertise in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation and references to applied and transdisciplinary issues are desired. If possible, these should be linked to other questions of societal relevance (e.g. to the analysis of different regional and sectoral vulnerabilities and processes of global change). The applicant is expected to use modern empirical and digital methods in their research.

In teaching, foundational teaching units (lectures, seminars/modules, field classes, project courses) are to be offered in conjunction with the second professorship in physical geography. The incumbent will be required to cover all areas of physical geography in teaching, including relevant field methods and digital analysis methods. In addition, a regional focus of expertise, possibly outside of Europe, is desirable, where the incumbent can offer broad thematic and methodological coverage.

Other tasks include coordination activities in research and teaching, participation in academic self- administration, as well as participation in other courses and in the Faculty’s graduate school.

We are looking for candidates with excellent profiles in the areas mentioned, with a track record in interdisciplinary cooperation, successful project management, and engaged teaching. The incumbent will be expected to establish an active, nationally and internationally visible working group. Willingness to secure third-party funding from public and private funding sources and to participate in interfaculty activities at the university is a prerequisite.

Prerequisites for the employment are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. This position is a fixed term of four years. After a successful interim evaluation, it will be extended by two years. Furthermore, the tenure procedure towards Full Professorship W3 will be initiated after successful interim evaluation.

The tenure procedures are regulated in the Statutes and Quality Assurance Concept for Junior Professorships and Tenure-Track Professorships and agreed upon with the Ministry of Science ( As a prerequisite for granting tenure and the subsequent conversion into a full professorship (W3) (1) the requirements defined in the Statutes and Quality Assurance Concept have to be met and (2) the subject-specific criteria determined by the Faculty of for Environment and Natural Resources have to be met.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here. The following application documents are to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates of degrees and academic qualifications
  • Complete list of papers and talks with specification of the three most important publications
  • List of current and previous projects including the financial support received
  • Concept paper outlining future research and teaching foci (max. 1-2 pages)

Please send your application including supporting documents mentioned above and the application form ( citing the reference number 00001184, by September 27th 2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

An den Vorsitzenden der Berufungskommission, Prof. Dr. Heiner Schanz, Dekan der Fakultät für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Tennenbacher Str. 4, 79106 Freiburg i. Br.;

Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Procedure Governing Appointments to Professorships at the University of Freiburg, available here (pdf)

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