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Job advertisement Full Professor (W3) in Physical Geography and Geoecology

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Full Professor (W3) in Physical Geography and Geoecology

Full Professor (W3) in Physical Geography and Geoecology

RWTH Aachen University - Division of Earth Sciences and Geography logo

RWTH Aachen University - Division of Earth Sciences and Geography

RWTH Aachen University is one of Germany’s pre-eminent Universities of Excellence, which entails the highest quality in teaching and world-class research. RWTH addresses bold, scientific questions; it also assumes a profound responsibility toward society and transfers its knowledge into meaningful applications. RWTH strives for the convergence of knowledge, methods, and findings from its research fields and integrates in-depth disciplinary knowledge into interdisciplinary research consortia represented as profile areas. The university’s dynamic, creative, and in-ternational environment encompasses efficient research networks, institu-tionalized cooperations, and, most of all, the innovative RWTH Campus-Project which harbors one of the most extensive technology-oriented re-search landscapes in Europe.


Aachen, Germany


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geomorphology (GM)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
15 January 2024

3 December 2023

Job description

We are inviting applications for the position of full professor in the area of physical geography and geoecology, to be filled by August 1, 2025. Applicants should cover a broad spectrum of geographic-geomorpholog-ical content on the Earth’s surface and should focus on the complex con-trol mechanisms of human-environment interactions. This results in top-ics in the areas of Earth surface processes and environmental research, as well as their applied aspects with respect to current discourses on planetary boundaries and global change. Preferable specializations in-clude fields such as natural cycles in the critical zone, quaternary paleo-climate and environmental conditions, sedimentary archives, and/or fluvial morphodynamics.

We are looking for a personality whose previous research profile shows a clear geographic-geomorphological background, also expertise in quanti-tative and experimental research. Remote sensing or AI-based ap-proaches should also be applied. The existing laboratory, specialized in fluvial and eolian sedimentary archives, is expected to keep its important role.

The successful candidate is expected to be highly engaged in strategic initiatives of the Department of Geography, the Division of Earth Sciences and Geography and the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineer-ing, including the acquisition of external funding and publications in inter-nationally renowned journals. In addition to providing a broad spectrum of physical geography courses for students of geography and geosci-ences in German and English, commitment to the design and further de-velopment of the degree programs, including the development of new and innovative teaching concepts, is also required. The candidate should be particularly committed to collaborations within the faculty, as well as with other faculties and in RWTH’s Profile Areas and partner institutions in the Geoverbund ABC/J, but also international cooperations.

The requirements include a doctoral degree and additional research ex-perience, such as a habilitation (post-doctoral lecturing qualification) or equivalent achievements gained as a university researcher or professor or in a research position outside academia. Teaching ability and dedication are essential and the application should include proof of this. Fluent Ger-man is not required to start the position but the successful candidate will be expected to hold classes in German within the first 5 years.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2024. Please apply online via the RWTH appointment portal: