Technische Universität Braunschweig is one of Germany’s leading institutes of technology and offers an inspiring work environment with a wide range of research and teaching opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities. The 3,800 members of our academic, technical and administrative staff – including more than 400 international scientific staff – work together to ensure that our university successfully fulfils its mission of providing excellent teaching for our approximately 16,000 students and 100 trainees.

We focus our research on mobility, metrology, engineering for health, and the future city. Our core disciplines include a comprehensive engineering division and a strong natural sciences division, closely linked with business sciences, social sciences, educational sciences, and the humanities.

Our university is located at the heart of one of Europe’s most research-intensive regions.  We cooperate closely with the more than 20 internationally renowned research institutions in our vicinity and our network extends to our partner universities in Germany and all over the world, with whom we maintain strong relationships.

Faculty of Life Sciences

We offer a

W3 Professor in Molecular Plant Science

The appointment is for the earliest possible date.

Your responsibilities

The faculty is seeking candidates (m/f/d) with an internationally outstanding research profile in the biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and especially systems biology of plant metabolism. Research should focus on the biosynthesis, transport, accumulation, and function of secondary metabolites. This should include the biochemical characterization of corresponding enzymes and regulators. Holistic systems biology-based approaches (transcriptome, proteome, metabolome) with non-model plants are of interest. Furthermore, research covering the adaptation of plants to environmental stresses including infections by bacteria, fungi and viruses complements the local research interests. The active integration into the key research aera “Engineering for Health” with the research centres BRICS and PVZ is expected. Furthermore, a close cooperation with the local research partners of the TU (HZI, DSMZ, PTB, JKI, TI) is essential. Responsibilities of the future professor include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level of Biology, Biotechnology and Biochemistry.

The successful candidate (f/m/d) is expected to be committed to the university’s strategic goals and to actively shape its holistic development ( In addition to the classic service areas of a university (research, teaching and studies, transfer, governance and administration), this applies in particular to digitalisation, internationalisation, equality and diversity, as well as knowledge exchange.

Our expectations

Essential selection criteria

  • Active integration into the research focus "Engineering for Health" with the research centres BRICS and PVZ
  • Close cooperation with the local research partners of the TU (HZI, DSMZ, PTB, JKI, TI)
  • Very good command of the English language and willingness to teach in English
  • Willingness to participate in the self-administration of the university
  • Willingness to participate in the internationalization of the university and in research
  • Experience with successfull acquisition willingness to raise third-party funds

Individual career decisions and career breaks due to parental/family care leave affecting research output will be taken into account by the appointment committee.

Requirements, § 25 NHG

  • A degree in a relevant field
  • Pedagogical aptitude
  • Special qualification for in-depth independent scientific work, as a rule proven by an above-average doctorate
  • Additional academic achievements, usually within the framework of a junior professorship, a post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) or through achievements equivalent to a Habilitation


Technische Universität Braunschweig makes personnel decisions on the basis auf suitability, ability and professional performance.

Our aim is to increase the share of women in academic positions. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from women and will give preference to female candidates with equivalent qualifications. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and, if equally qualified, will be given preference in the appointment process.

Technische Universität Braunschweig is certified as a family-friendly university. We are committed to facilitating a healthy and productive work-life balance and offer a dual career service as well as support for newly appointed staff. Our Family Office provides advice on all issues relating to family, childcare, and caring for relatives. Our “Prof.-Programm” offers exclusive status-related exchange and consulting formats, in particular to newly appointed professors.

Professional and Personnel Development promotes the professional development of all employees through a wide range of courses and activities.

The university actively endorses equal opportunities and diversity and promotes diverse perspectives as essential in contributing to the university’s success in research, teaching, transfer and administration.

We particularly invite applications from international candidates (f/m/d). German language skills are not a prerequisite. However, the successful candidate is expected to acquire sufficient language skills to perform teaching and administrative duties in German within two years of appointment.

Even though this is a permanent full-time position, a part-time appointment may be possible upon request.

Applicants (f/m/d) who are 50 years or older at the time the appointment commences and who have not acquired permanent civil servant status (Beamtenverhältnis auf Lebenszeit) will be employed with employee status (Angestelltenverhältnis).


We are looking forward to your application!

Applicants (f/m/d) are requested to attach the following documents:

    • Cover letter
    • Academic background (curriculum vitae)
    • Academic certificates and diplomas (degrees)
    • List of publications, including copies of 3 select publications;
    • List of externally funded projects and description of own role in these projects
    • Research and teaching statement
    • List of courses taught and results of course evaluations
    • If applicable, add proof of parental/family care leave
    • If applicable, add proof of disability status.

Please submit the application, including all documents, digitally via the online portal (button underneath) of Technische Universität Braunschweig.

Deadline for application

The application deadline is 2024-05-06.


Informal enquiries about the job can be directed to

Prof. Dr. Dieter Jahn
T + 49 531 391 55101

For questions regarding legal matters, please contact

Anne Fritz,
T + 49 531 391 4350

For questions regarding the online application process, please contact

Nicole Brückner,
T + 49 531 391 14143

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