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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty VI

In a joint appoint­ment pro­ced­ure („Ber­liner Mod­ell“) with the Ger­man Aero­space Cen­ter (DLR), Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin’s Insti­tute of Geo­desy and Geoin­form­a­tion Sci­ence at Fac­ulty VI – Plan­ning, Build­ing Envir­on­ment – is appoint­ing a

Uni­ver­sity Pro­fess­or­ship – salary grade W2

in “App­lied Plan­et­ary Geo­desy”.

Work­ing field:

The pos­i­tion inclu­des the man­age­ment of the Plan­et­ary Geo­desy depart­ment at the DLR Insti­tute of Plan­et­ary Rese­arch in Ber­lin-Adler­shof. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will teach the sub­ject of App­lied Plan­et­ary Geo­desy at the Insti­tute of Geo­desy and Geoin­form­a­tion Sci­ence, with a redu­ced teach­ing load of two course hours per week. Through the work car­ried out at DLR, the oblig­a­tion to con­duct rese­arch at TU Ber­lin shall be deemed ful­fil­led.
The DLR Insti­tute of Plan­et­ary Rese­arch is con­cer­ned with rese­arch into the plan­ets, moons and small bod­ies of our solar sys­tem, as well as extra­solar plan­ets. The focus is on sci­ent­i­fic ques­tions con­cern­ing the form­a­tion, devel­op­ment and hab­it­ab­il­ity of plan­ets and moons. DLR fur­ther­more aims to deve­lop an under­stand­ing of dyna­mic pro­ces­ses in the solar sys­tem. The Insti­tute par­ti­cip­ates in inter­na­tio­nal sci­ent­i­fic plan­et­ary mis­sions hea­ded by ESA, NASA and JAXA (includ­ing the Mars Express, Exo­Mars, Bepi Colombo, JUICE, and MMX mis­sions).
Wit­hin the scope of this pos­i­tion, sci­ent­i­fic activ­it­ies shall focus on orbit mod­el­ing and the determ­in­a­tion of the sizes, shapes, rota­tions and grav­it­a­tio­nal fields of plan­ets, moons, aster­oids and comets, as well as on the invest­ig­a­tion of the rela­tion­ships and phys­ical implic­a­tions ari­sing in this con­text.


Ful­fill­ment of the appoint­ment require­ments pur­su­ant to Sec­tion 100 of the Ber­lin State Hig­her Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz – Ber­lHG). This inclu­des a uni­ver­sity degree in engin­eer­ing or nat­ural sci­ences, a strong apti­tude for rese­arch demon­stra­ted by an out­stand­ing doc­tor­ate, addi­tio­nal sci­ent­i­fic achieve­ments (Habil­it­a­tion or equi­val­ent) as well as teach­ing as demon­stra­ted by a teach­ing port­fo­lio (for fur­ther inform­a­tion, see TU Ber­lin web­site quick access 144242).

The pos­i­tion requi­res a sci­ent­ist who has appro­pri­ate know­ledge and exper­i­ence in one, or sev­eral, of the fol­low­ing sci­ent­i­fic top­ics:
  • defin­i­tion and real­iz­a­tion of plan­et­ary ref­er­ence sys­tems;
  • meth­ods for obtain­ing fig­ure and sur­face mod­els and for devel­op­ing map pro­duc­tion from image data;
  • per­form­ance of meas­ure­ments and eval­u­ation of data from laser alti­meters to determ­ine phys­ical plan­et­ary para­met­ers;
  • determ­in­a­tion and mod­el­ing of the orbits of plan­ets, moons, aster­oids and comets.
Fur­ther­more, the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate should be able to lead lar­ger rese­arch groups and organ­ize com­plex pro­jects. Exper­i­ence in the acquis­i­tion of third-party funds as well as natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal exper­i­ence in pro­ject work and man­age­ment are expec­ted. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is expec­ted to be cap­able of head­ing a depart­ment of around 20 staff mem­bers and must pos­sess the requis­ite skills for the advance­ment of junior rese­arch­ers and women, as well as skills in the area of ensur­ing gen­der equal­ity and diver­sity. As an inter­na­tion­ally renow­ned uni­ver­sity, we require a very good com­mand of Eng­lish and expressly wel­come app­lic­a­tions from non-Ger­man speak­ing aca­dem­ics will­ing to learn Ger­man in the near future.

How to ap­ply:

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin and DLR are seek­ing to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing and act­ively encour­ages applic­a­tions from suit­ably qual­i­fied female can­did­ates. Pref­er­ence will be given to applic­ants with severe dis­ab­il­it­ies ful­filling the require­ments of the pos­i­tion. TU Ber­lin and DLR value the diversity of their mem­bers and are com­mit­ted to equal­ity of oppor­tun­ity.

TU Ber­lin and DLR are both cer­ti­fied as fam­ily-friendly organ­iz­a­tions and our Dual Career Ser­vice can assist you and your fam­ily with your move to Ber­lin.

Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber VI-92/21 by May 21, 2021 include all requis­ite doc­u­ments (CV, cer­ti­fic­ates, concept for research and teach­ing, teach­ing port­fo­lio, details of acquired external fund­ing and a pub­lic­a­tions list high­light­ing which five pub­lic­a­tions you regard as the most sig­ni­fic­ant) sub­mit­ted as a PDF file only by email to Elec­tronic doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted using cloud ser­vices such as WE-Trans­fer or Drop­box can­not be accep­ted.

Please send an email to for fur­ther inform­a­tion con­cern­ing the applic­a­tion pro­cess. Please also send any sub­ject-spe­cific quer­ies to the email address above; these will be for­war­ded to the chair of the appoint­ment com­mit­tee.

By sub­mit­ting your applic­a­tion via email you con­sent to hav­ing your data elec­tron­ic­ally pro­cessed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guar­anty for the pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data when sub­mit­ted as unpro­tec­ted file. Please find our data pro­tec­tion notice acc. DSGVO (Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion) at the TU staff depart­ment homepage: or quick access 214041.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Dekanin der Fak­ultät VI, Prof. Dr. Well­ner, Sekr. A1, Straße des 17. Juni 152, 10623 Ber­lin