With 18,500 students and 3,700 staff members, Technische Universität Braunschweig is the largest Institute of Technology in Northern Germany. It stands for a strategic and achievement-oriented way of thinking and acting, relevant research, exceptional teaching and the successful transfer of knowledge and technologies to industry and society. We consistently advocate family friendliness and equal opportunities.   

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

Our campus is located at the heart of one of Europe’s most active research regions. We cooperate closely and successfully with more than 20 research institutions right on our doorstep and maintain strong relationships with our partner universities all over the world.

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) is the largest scientific institution in Germany dedicated exclusively to infection research. At the HZI, researchers from more than 40 countries study bacterial and viral pathogens of high clinical relevance, clarify their interactions with their hosts' immune systems and investigate new ways of preventing and fighting infections. More than 800 employees and about 160 guest scientists of the HZI work at different locations throughout Germany. The main campus in Braunschweig - gathering scientists from all disciplines of infection research - functions as a central research hub (

The Faculty of Life Sciences, together with the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI),

offers a

Professorship for
"Applied Microbiology"
Salary-Gr. W 3          Ref.number 2021_f2_W02

The earliest appointment is possible from  July 1st, 2021 on.

Your responsibilities

We are looking for an outstandingly-qualified candidate with internationally proven research achievements in a current field of applied microbiology. The professorship, a joint appointment with TU Braunschweig, is intended to support the HZI in its mission to address major challenges in infection medicine through translational infection research at the highest international level. A particular focus of the W3 professorship for Applied Microbiology, therefore, is on two highly topical research priorities:

  • bacterial infectious diseases, and 
  • microbiome research in the context of infection and immunology.

The overarching goal is a fundamental understanding of the molecular strategies of the pathogen interacting with the microbiome and immune system of the host, as well as possible intervention strategies. The new position holder is to advance this area of microbiology by formulating new questions and by using innovative technologies.

Our expectations

  • International research profile in her*his field of expertise
  • High-ranking publications in international journals
  • Experience with succesfull acquisition and willingness to raise third-party funds
  • Very good command of the English language and willingness to teach in English
  • Relevant experience in leading a research group
  • Integration into the translational infection research-oriented program of the HZI
  • Active integration into the research focus "Infection and Therapeutics" with the research centres BRICS and PVZ
  • Close cooperation with the local research partners of the TU and the HZI (DSMZ, PTB)

Requirements, § 25 NHG

  • Completed university studies
  • Pedagogical suitability proven by results of course evaluation
  • Special qualification for deepended independent scientific work, which is usually demonstrated by an above-average doctorate and
  • Habilitation or habilitation-equivalant qualifications


After appointment as a professor by the TU Braunschweig, the future holder of the position will be on leave of absence to perform duties as head of department to the HZI in Braunschweig (so-called Jülich model).

At TU Braunschweig and the HZI, we aim to increase the share of women in academic positions and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Where candidates have equivalent qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates. Where candidates have the same qualifications, preference will be given to disabled candidates. 

Applications from international scientists are welcome.

It is a permanent full-time position. A part-time appointment may be possible on request.  

Applicants 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 are requested to attach the usual documents:

  • Academic background (currciculum vitae)
  • Academic certificates and diplomas (degrees)
  • List of publications incl. copies of 3 selected publications
  • List of third-party funds and description of own participation
  • List of courses, including results of course evaluation
  • Research and teaching concept
  • If necessary, add proof of disability.


Deadline for application

The application deadline is 2021-05-31


Questions about the professorship will be answered by

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

If you have any questions regarding personnel law matters, please contact

Nicole Brückner,
T + 49 531 391 14143

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