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.

University of Kassel: In the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Structural Engineering -Geotechnical Engineering (Prof. Dr. -Ing. O. Reul), the following position is available with immediate effect:

Research Associate (m/f/d), EG 13 TV-H, fixed-term and full-time position (currently 40 hours per week)

Application deadline:


Date of hire:

as soon as possible

vacancy number: 37129

This is a fixed term-position of three years with the possibility of extending the contract for a further three years, postdoctoral position for academic qualification (habilitation or equivalent) corresponding to § 72 HHG i. V. m. § 2 Abs. 1 Satz 2 WissZeitVG.

The prospective research associate is expected to become actively involved in the research and teaching activities at the Department of Geotechnical Engineering. This is a full-time postdoctoral position with the goal of academic qualification (habilitation or equivalent). We offer a fixed term-contract with initial employment of 3 years. An extension to 6 years in total is subject to a positive assessment.


  • Contribution to research and teaching at the Department of Geotechnical Engineering.
  • Participation in ongoing research at the Department of Geotechnical Engineering in the field of foundation engineering.
  • Development of an independent line of research consistent with the resources available at the Department of Geotechnical Engineering and acquisition of third-party-funding to establish a research team.
  • Publication of research results in high-ranked international peer-reviewed journals
  • Development and conduction of courses in the civil and environmental engineering programs at the University of Kassel.
  • Co-supervision of PhD students as well as supervision of bachelor and master students.


  • Completed course of academic study (Master degree) within the field of civil engineering.
  • Doctoral degree in geotechnical engineering. The required degree must be obtained by the recruitment date at the latest.
  • Publications in relevant international peer-reviewed journals in the field of geotechnical engineering.
  • Very good knowledge of English, both written and spoken.

Beneficial additional qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of German, both written and spoken.
  • Particularly high motivation, organizational skills and sense of responsibility.
  • High level of commitment in supervising students.
  • Very good knowledge in numerical methods in geotechnical engineering, especially FEM.
  • Experience in conducting and evaluating advanced soil mechanical laboratory tests.
  • Experience in conducting and evaluating geotechnical field and model tests.

Applicants are requested to submit a single pdf file with a detailed curriculum vitae, a publication list, a statement of their research interests (1 to 2 pages), and the names and contact information of two potential referees. The application documents must be submitted in English using the University of Kassel’s application portal.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. O. Reul, Tel.: +49 561 804-2631, E-Mail: o.reul(at)uni-kassel.de

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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