Junior Professor of Theoretical Physics - Theory of Condensed Matter at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 


Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. Thanks to its location in the Rhine-Main science region, the university can unfold to its full potential and showcase its innovative power and dynamism. Its status as a comprehensive university allows for multidisciplinary learning and teaching and has great potential for inter-nationally renowned, interdisciplinary research. Almost all of its institutes are located on a single campus close to the Mainz city center – creating a lively academic culture for researchers, teaching staff, and students from every continent.

The Institute of Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science invites applications for the posi-tion of Junior Professor of Theoretical Physics - Theory of Condensed Matter beginning at the earliest date possible. Salary grade W 1 LBesG with tenure track to W 2 | Civil servant with a fixed-term contract

Tasks and expectations:

We are looking for creative candidates who have demon-strated initial scientific achievements and the ability for in-dependent research at the highest international level. Their research should complement the research activities exist-ing in Mainz. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, soft and life-like matter, spintronics and topologi-cal quantum materials, and non-equilibrium physics.

Applicants will be expected to collaborate with existing working groups in Mainz, e.g., in the area of materials sci-ence, soft matter science, or spin-phenomena physics and strongly correlated systems. They will also be expected to participate in top-level research areas of JGU such as TOPDYN or M3ODEL, and in joined collaborative research centers such as the TRR 173 Spin+X and the TRR 288 Elasto-Q-Mat or the recently established SFB 1551 “Poly-mer concepts in Cell Biology” and the Research Training Group GRK 2516 “Control of structure formation in soft mat-ter at and through interfaces”. Joining other existing centers such as the Max Planck Graduate Center with the Johan-nes Gutenberg University and/or the Spin Phenomena In-terdisciplinary Center is also possible.

The successful candidate will participate in the general teaching duties of the department, in particular in the field of theoretical physics. Candidates are therefore expected to have the necessary pedagogic skills and commitment. Active involvement in academic self-administration is also expected.


In addition to the general requirements according to public services law, applicants must meet the recruitment require-ments stipulated in Section 54 of the Hochschulgesetz of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate and JGU are committed to close personal mentoring of students and therefore ex-pect teaching staff to have a strong presence at the univer-sity. A cooperative, team-oriented and proactive work atti-tude, strong communication skills, and the willingness to as-sume responsibility – including further professional devel-opment in accordance with JGU’s leadership guidelines – is also expected.

Junior professors with tenure track are initially appointed as civil servants for a period of six years. After this period, the position will be converted to a tenured professorship (W 2), provided the holder of the position meets the relevant reg-ulations of higher education law (final evaluation procedure) as well as the general requirements according to public ser-vices law. In the fourth year, the junior professor’s perfor-mance level will be evaluated in order to provide orientation for the time remaining.

What we have to offer:

JGU firmly supports making family and career compatible and promotes its employees’ further professional develop-ment with an extensive human resources development of-fer.

JGU aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and therefore encourages female researchers to apply.

Candidates with severe disabilities and appropriate qualifi-cations will be given priority.

Please submit your application, including CV, references, diplomas and certificates, as well as a record of teaching expe-rience, a teaching and research concept, your list of publications and presentations and up to three central publications (with specification of your contribution) by April 30th, 2023 electronically as one PDF file to the

Dean of the Faculty Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Patrick Windpassinger


The interview symposium is tentatively planned from June 5th until 16th, 2023.

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