Position type:

Full time

26 Feb 2018
25 Apr 2018

Full details:

Reference number: 2018/02/26/8928

The University of Innsbruck invites applications for the position of UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF AQUATIC BIOGEOCHEMISTRY based at the Institute of Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Innsbruck, Austria.

The Department of Ecology main research focus lies on the study of interactions among biota, between biota and their physicochemical environment, and between biota and society. Being both, basic and applied, it covers a wide range of organizational levels and time scales: from molecular to landscape and from seconds to millennia.

Given the strategic geographical position of the University in the Alps, our research is centered on the Alpine space which offers a large diversity of ecosystems, as well as scientific and real-world challenges.

Our students acquire skills in this broad range of expertise through an attractive curriculum that offers a blend of theoretical and practical courses on Ecology, Biodiversity and Evolution.

The Department's research is organized in three research units according to strategic themes:


The Faculty of Biology of the University of Innsbruck seeks an outstanding scientist in the field of Freshwater Biogeochemistry. The position will be based on a permanent full-time civil law employment contract with the University according to the §98 University law 2002.



The main responsability of the selected candidate will be to establish a research program in the area of Aquatic Biogeochemistry. In particular, the position includes the following tasks:

  • Representing the area of “Aquatic Biogeochemistry” in research and teaching
  • Participating in the University’s research focus “Alpine Space–Man and Environment” (https://www.uibk.ac.at/alpinerraum/index.html.en)
  • Teaching in the degree programs of the Faculty of Biology
  • Supervising research theses
  • Acquiring extra-mural funding
  • Participating in academic self-governance.


Qualification Requirements

  • A pertinent degree in higher education
  • A pertinent habilitation or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals
  • Track-record in biogeochemistry research of freshwater ecosystems. Here, an innovative research approach that links aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemistry is desirable.
  • Integration in the international research community
  • Interdisciplinary research in Aquatic Ecology
  • Professional work experience abroad
  • Demonstrated teaching experience and didactic abilities
  • Experience in acquisition of extra-mural funding
  • Qualification in leadership and management skills


The University of Innsbruck intends to increase the number of women, particularly in high level positions, and therefore especially encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration.


Applications should include:

  • 1) Motivation letter
  • 2) Curriculum vitae (including ResearcherID, www.researcherid.com) describing the professional and scientific career
  • 3) Full list of publications, lectures and other scientific output as well as pdfs of the five most important publications to be particularly relevant to the advertised professorship together with an explanation of their relevance 
  • 4) List of talks given, including detailed information about invited plenaries at international conferences
  • 5) Description of self-acquired funds
  • 6) Description of completed and current research (max. 2 pages)
  • 7) Concept of intended research and teaching (including concepts and preferred methods used).


The deadline will be: April 25th, 2018

The basic salary is set down in the collective bargaining agreement for university employees.

Professors are in the remuneration group A1. For the position, the gross monthly salary is 5.005,10 Euro (14 times per year). Depending on qualification and experience, a higher salary can be negotiated with the Rector. Beyond that, the university offers attractive additional benefits (http://www.uibk.ac.at/universitaet/zusatzleistungen/).

The University of Innsbruck expects the successful candidate to acquire within three years, sufficient knowledge in German to be able to teach and participate in academic self governance panels. The full, authoritative text in German (published in the official bulletin of the University of March 7th, 2018), as well as additional information on the current status of the application process may be found at http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaetenservicestelle/standorte/technikerstrasse/berufung/index.html

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Ruben Sommaruga, Director of the Institute of Ecology, Technikerstr. 25, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria; phone: + 43 512 507–51710; ruben.sommaruga@uibk.ac.at

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How to apply

All documents have to be submitted in digital form (by e-mail, one file in pdf-format) to the Faculty Service Office of the University of Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 17, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria fss-technik@uibk.ac.at.