The University of Kassel is a modern and growing University with round about 25.000 students. It has an extraordinary wide section with expertise of nature, technique, culture and society.

The Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences is seeking a highly qualified individual for the following position:

Tenure Track W2/W 3 - Professorship (m/f/d) "Soil Science"

Closes: 28.10.2021
Date of Hire: as soon as possible
Reference: 34405

Please send your application with the usual informative documents, stating the reference number in the subject line, via the online form. We have compiled further information for you in our FAQ.

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We are looking for a scientifically outstanding personality, representing the field of “Soil Science” with a focus on soil physics under temperate climatic as well as tropical and subtropical conditions in research and teaching and thus contributing to the consolidation of the profile of Organic Agricultural Sciences in the national and international context.
Soil fertility is at the center of thinking and action in organic agriculture. In research and teaching, one focus of the professorship is on the study of nutrient and pollutant dynamics in soils, taking into account water balance, matter balancing and process modeling. Another focus is on the control of nutrient and energy fluxes preferably in organic agriculture through soil management and the prevention of soil pollution through erosion and compaction. Experimental research approaches will include agricultural field and laboratory experiments incorporating sensor-based soil physics methods, and will also employ agricultural experimental design, multivariate data analysis, and process-based soil physics modeling.
The successful candidate is expected to offer courses that provide basic and advanced instruction in general soil science, soil physics, and site science, with an emphasis on water, nutrient, humus, and contaminant budgets. The professorship should develop and implement committed and innovative teaching formats in the German-language BSc or MSc programs "Organic Agriculture" as well as in the English-language MSc program "Sustainable International Agriculture".
Applicants must have a habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements with a focus on soil science. Expertise in several of the topics mentioned above proven by relevant, international peer-reviewed publications and successful acquisition of research funds are expected. Didactic competence, teaching experience, and willingness to teach in German and English are required, as well as willingness to participate in university self-governance. Own contributions to or documented interest in research questions from the context of organic agriculture are explicitly desired.
The recruitment requirements and performance requirements according to §§ 61, 62 und 64 (1) of the Hessian Higher Education Act apply. Participation in academic self-administration is part of the official duties.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof. Dr. B. Ludwig, Environmental Chemistry, University of Kassel, E-Mail: bludwig(at)uni-kassel.de.

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The University of Kassel is very interested in the professional satisfaction of its employees. It is distinguished as a family-friendly university and, in the interests of equal opportunities, strives to offer everyone the same opportunities for development and to counteract existing disadvantages. It promotes the Family Welcome Service and also the Dual Career Service for positions that are scientifically and academically filled. One of the strategic goals of the University of Kassel is to significantly increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome. Seriously handicapped and equivalent applicants are given preference if they have the same suitability, qualifications and professional performance. Full-time positions are generally divisible (except when filling civil servant positions). Applications with meaningful documents should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel by 28.10.2021, quoting the reference number.

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