The Department of Biology at the TU Darmstadt invites applications for a

W2 Assistant Professorship (tenure-track)
in “Bioinspired Energy Conversion”

We are looking for candidates with an excellent scientific profile and research on energy conversion aspects of lower or higher plants. This could include the elaboration of optimized photosynthetic systems, artificial photosynthetic systems, research in biological or biomimetic H₂ production, or the generation or efficient use of energy plants. The successful candidate’s research should integrate with complementary activities in the Centre for Synthetic Biology as well as with Engineering disciplines at the TU Darmstadt. We are looking for high-potential candidates with research achievements in an internationally recognized environment who develop a strong research program related to the research focus of the department and the university. Teaching in the area of plant science in the Bachelor and Master program of the Biology faculty is expected.

The assistant professorship is designated as a qualification professorship according to § 64 HHG (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz); it is initially financed as part of a joint federal and state program for the promotion of young researchers (, whose regulations it also adheres to. Accordingly, the maximum period of scientific activities after the PhD degree should not exceed four years.

Remuneration follows the German W-Besoldung at level W2 Hessisches Besoldungsgesetz. The position is initially limited to six years. The position comes with the option of a tenured professorship after a successfully completed tenure process. The tenure process, which can be initiated one and a half years before the end of the assistant professorship, evaluates the corresponding achievements in research and teaching. After a successful probationary phase, the immediate transition to a tenured professorship is granted. For further information please see the tenure guidelines of Technical University of Darmstadt.

Technical University of Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Technical University of Darmstadt is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program.

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Please submit applications as a single pdf document, quoting the reference number, to the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Schnittspahnstraße 10, 64287 Darmstadt, Prof. Gerhard Thiel, E-Mail:

Code No. 50

Published on

March 17, 2021

Application deadline

April 25, 2021