Tenure Track Professorship (W1/W2) in Energy Meteorology

University of Cologne, Germany
Closing date: 15 October 2018

The Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne invites applications for a Tenure Track Professorship (W1/W2) in Energy Meteorology. This call is part of the Federal Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States. It addresses researchers at an early career stage.

The University seeks a candidate with experience in basic research related to the potential of solar and wind energy, with focus on climate diagnostics characterizing the variability of solar radiation and wind. Collaboration with the Faculty of Economics regarding the development of new methods for using meteorological variables for advanced energy models, e.g. networks, energy markets, is desired.

The successful candidate will head the research area “Climate monitoring and diagnostic” of the Hans-Ertel-Centre for Weather Research (HErZ) of the German Weather Service (DWD). It is expected that the professorship will attract additional third-party funding for the research area and work closely with the DWD, the University of Bonn and the other HErZ research areas. Cooperation with other research groups of the Department of Geosciences of the University of Cologne and the Geoverbund ABC/J is desired.

The candidate will be involved in the bachelor program “Geophysik und Meteorologie” (in German) and the master program “Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere” (in English). In addition to basic meteorological modules teaching connected to the research fields energy meteorology and climate diagnostics is expected.

Qualification requirements include internationally visible scientific potential as proven by peer-reviewed publications, as well as excellent teaching capabilities. Experience in acquiring external funding and participation in international research cooperations is highly recommended. Successful candidates are expected to have social and leadership skills and are willing to participate in academic self-governance.

In the third year after entering into office, an interim evaluation is held. This serves as the basis for the decision as to whether an extension for a further three years will be granted to the candidate. At the latest, a final evaluation is held in the sixth year after entering into office. On this basis, a decision will be reached as to whether the candidate will be given tenure at W2 level. Both evaluations are carried out according to the Regulations for Quality Assurance in Tenure Track Procedures at the University of Cologne. W1 professorships comprise a teaching load of four hours per week (i.e., two 90-minute courses per semester) in the first qualification phase and five hours per week in the second qualification phase. W2 professorships comprise a teaching load of nine semester hours per week.

The University of Cologne particularly encourages applications from disabled persons. People with disabilities are given preference in case of equal qualification. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Preferential treatment is given to women if their professional qualifications and abilities are equivalent to those of other applicants.

Applications should include a letter of motivation with teaching and research statements accompanied by supporting documents (CV, complete publication list highlighting the 5 most important publications, information on external funding, academic achievements and honours). Applications should be submitted via the Academic Job Portal of the University of Cologne (https://berufungen.uni-koeln.de) no later than October 15, 2018.

Professor Dr. Günter Schwarz
Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
University of Cologne
Albertus-Magnus-Platz, D-50923 Cologne, Germany
E-Mail: mnf-berufungen@uni-koeln.de

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