The University of Kassel is a modern and growing University with round about 22.000 students. The university’s wide range of expertise covers subjects in the natural, applied, cultural and social sciences.

In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kassel Institute for Sustainability, - Chair of Sustainable Technology Design (Prof. Dr Lechtenböhmer), the following position is expected to be filled by 01.08.2024:

Senior scientist / Post doc (m/f/d), EG 13 TV-H, fixed-term, full-time (currently 40 hours per week)

Application deadline:


Date of hire:

as soon as possible

vacancy number: 37110

The position is initially limited for 3 years with the possibility of extension for a further 3 years (qualification position according to § 72 HHG in conjunction with § 2 para. 1 sentence 2 WissZeitVG for habilitation).


  • Independent scientific services in research and teaching in the field of sustainable industrial and energy system transformation
  • Development of a research area in industrial and energy system transformation
  • Coordination and delivery of courses in the context of model-based analysis of industrial systems, related material flows and industrial and energy system transformation.
  • Collaboration in the IT modelling laboratory of the Chair of Sustainable Technology Design
  • Teaching methods of energy and environmental systems analysis, such as computational modelling of socio-technical or human-environment systems and methods of scenario analysis.
  • Supervision of bachelor and master theses
  • (Co-)Supervision of PhD students in the field of industrial and energy systems analysis and/or industrial ecology.
  • Development, acquisition and management of third-party funded research projects.


  • A university degree with good to very good grades in systems analysis, economics or engineering, geography, industrial ecology or a comparable degree.
  • And a PhD in the field of technology and/or social sciences or in a similar interdisciplinary field. The required degree must be obtained at the latest by the date of recruitment.
  • Sound knowledge of quantitative scenario building and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of industrial production systems, preferably in heavy industry.
  • Sound knowledge of programming (e.g. Python) and database design.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the development of quantitative models, including the research and preparation of comprehensive databases and their computational implementation.
  • A thorough and independent working style.
  • Strong organisational skills.

Advantageous Skills:

  • Experience in scientific teaching, e.g. systems analysis.
  • Experience in (content-related) guidance for programming energy and industrial system models.
  • Experience in scientific/peer-reviewed writing.
  • International study or work experience.
  • Good knowledge of German.
  • Experience in modelling energy systems.
  • Knowledge of socio-technical production systems for basic materials such as steel, chemicals or cement.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Dr Stefan Lechtenböhmer on +49 178 183 7505 or Dr Clemens Schneider on 0152 21665547.

Our Offer:

As an employee of the University of Kassel

  • you will be offered an interesting and diverse range of tasks within the framework of a modern and ambitious university,
  • you will be part of an interdisciplinary team with a good and collegial working atmosphere,
  • you will have the opportunity to participate in professional and interdisciplinary further education measures,
  • is your workplace with good connections to public transport, which you can currently use free of charge.

In addition, you will benefit from the advantages of employment in the public service such as:

  • an additional company pension (VBL),
  • an optional child supplement in accordance with TV-Hessen, a family-friendly university (including childcare for emergencies),
  • an annual bonus
  • an entitlement to capital-accumulation benefits,
  • a promotion of voluntary commitment,
  • low-cost participation in university sports and a full range of fitness activities as part of Unifit, as well as workplace health management

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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.

In exceptional cases, we will also accept your application documents in paper form addressed to: The President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany, or via mail to bewerbungen[at]uni-kassel.de, stating the reference number.

In the case of postal applications, please submit only copies of your documents (no folders), as these cannot be returned. All documents will be destroyed after completion of the selection process in compliance with data protection regulations.

The protection of your personal information is very important to us, so we will handle your personal information with care. By your application, you allow us the storage and use in the sense of the Hessian Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act. You can object to this at any time. Your personal data will be deleted.

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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 indicating the Position Number, which may be in digital form, should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany quoting the applicable reference number.

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