W1 Professorship (with W2 tenure track) in Systemic Neurosciences in Mental Disorders

Owing to the successful application to the German federal-state programme for promoting early-career researchers (tenure-track programme), the Faculty of Medicine of Justus Liebig University, Giessen (JLU) and the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg GmbH, Giessen Campus invite applications for a

W1 Professorship (with W2 tenure track)
in Systemic Neurosciences in Mental Disorders

The position is offered with the earliest possible starting date for a period of six years pursuant to § 64 Para. 3 and 4 Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG) in non tariff employment. According to § 64 Para. 3 HHG, the applicant should have gained a doctoral degree at an institution of higher education other than JLU or have been in academic employment at an institution other than JLU for at least two years after conferral of a doctoral degree. The duration of said post-doctoral employment may not exceed four years or, in the case of successful completion of further academic training pursuant to § 62 Para. 6 HHG, may not exceed seven years. In the case of successful completion of the six-year W1 position, which is to be assessed in an evaluation procedure pursuant to § 64 Para. 2 HHG, the appointment will be converted into a permanent W2 professorship. Proficient knowledge of German is expected.

The holder of the position will lead a working group and focus on translational research in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. She/He will be involved in current and prospective research alliances between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science at JLU. Research activity should focus on the investigation of systemic-neuroscientific questions in the field of neuronal mechanisms concerning perception and adaptation as well as cognition in mental disorders, e.g. in psychoses, and should strengthen and develop the foci of the department, including innovative methodical approaches for the neurobiological intervention and modulation of brain activity employing non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as TMS, tDCS or tACS. The candidate will also be expected to closely cooperate with the researchers in JLU’s focus area ”Mechanisms of Perception and Adaptation” and to integrate her/his activities in the Faculty of Medicine’s focus area ”Digital Medicine, E-health and Telemedicine”.

During her/his employment at JLU, the candidate is expected to acquire external funds. She/He should cooperate with the current research cooperation and actively organize research projects, preferably with the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Union (EU) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). She/He should also independently cooperate with DFG networks as well as national and international networks. This includes connecting with present collaborative research projects, particularly SFB 936 and SFB/Transregio 135, and with future research network projects. In addition, networking with the Campus Research Focus "Mind, Brain and Behaviour" and the “Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior” within the Research Campus of Central Hessen is expected. It is desired that the applicant will closely cooperate with the Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences (GGL), be involved in several programs aiming to support young scientists including “JLU-TRAINEE”, a structured graduate program “JLU-CAREER”, and the focus area “Mind and Brain”, offered by preclinical and clinical-theoretical institutes as well as clinical departments with extensive expertise in the field of the mind and the brain.

The universities of Giessen and Marburg and the University of Applied Sciences in Central Hessen are working together in a research alliance (Research Campus of Central Hessen) as a structured cooperation based on coordinated priorities. It is expected that the applicant shows cooperativeness to university and department-wide collaborative projects.

During the qualification period, the holder of the position will be required to take on curricular teaching duties of 4 semester hours per week. With regard to teaching, a major task is total leadership in the planning and participation of the curricular teaching in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Center for Psychiatry/Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in the Medicine study program. This mainly includes being involved in lectures in Psychiatry, seminars and participating in the elective “Psychiatry and Psychotherapy”. The goal of this professorship is to make a major contribution to the focus area “Mind and Brain“. During employment at JLU, the candidate should integrate gender aspects in research and teaching.

The successful candidate should have international recognition in her/his specialization, extensive experience in the scientific application of EEG and/or fMRI, use of neurobiological interventions such as the non-invasive brain stimulation technique. The following qualifications are required: Full and excellent university education in Medicine or Psychology, the required qualification for scientific work according to § 61 Para. 1 HHG, usually proven by a doctorate with merit as well as internationally visible specialist publications. Some experience gained in the successful acquisition of external research funds, preferably with the DFG, EU or the BMBF is desirable. If the candidate fulfills the required specialist conditions (further training as a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy), the professorship may be connected with leadership responsibilities in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy. Experience in teaching and a proof of a particular pedagogic aptitude are also required in order to represent the entire area of academic teaching with great commitment.

The JLU aims to employ more women in academic research. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. JLU also pursues the goal at faculty leadership level of increased competence in dealing with gender and family-related issues. JLU is regarded as a family-friendly university. Applicants with children are very welcome. Applications from disabled people of equal aptitude will be given preference.

Please send your letter of application (no e-mails, please) with a CV and a documentation of your qualifications and teaching competence to: The President of the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Erwin-Stein-Gebaeude, Goethestrasse 58, 35390 Giessen, Germany, quoting reference number K-02/20. Applications must be received by June 5th, 2020 at the latest.
Candidates are strongly recommended to refer to our webpage on application procedures at https://www.uni-giessen.de/org/admin/dez/c/beschaeftigung/professuren/merkblatt-englisch. Please only submit copies of your application documents without document files or folders, as they cannot be returned after the application procedure has been completed. Applicants are encouraged additionally to fill in one of the forms listed under https://www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/fb11/dekanat/dekanat/ref1 (Bewerbungsbogen – application form). In addition, please send your documentation in digital form.