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The Faculty of Sciences of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites applications for a

W2 Professorship for Theoretical Physics

(Associate Professor)

at the Department of Physics at the Institute of Theoretical Physics. The professorship is a full-time and permanent position to be filled by the earliest possible starting date.

We seek to appoint an expert who will develop an internationally visible research and teaching profile. We are especially interested in research profiles in the area of quantum optics, cooperative quantum phenomena in light-matter systems, quantum many-body systems, or quantum information. Candidates are expected to contribute to teaching  theoretical physics in Bachelor’s, Master’s and teaching degree programmes. The Department of Physics is characterised by close collaboration between academic staff, with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, and by collaboration with other Departments and Faculties, in which the successful candidate will be expected to actively participate.

Successful candidates demonstrate excellent academic achievements in research and teaching at the highest international standards. You have substantial research experience abroad as well as experience in managing research projects and in raising third-party funding. A university degree and an outstanding doctoral degree as well as a passion for education and pertinent teaching experience are prerequisites. Candidates who are able and willing to teach in both English and German are desired. The position also requires additional postdoctoral qualifications. These should be in the form of a habilitation (postdoctoral thesis) or equivalent academic qualifications. You may also have acquired the necessary qualifications in a non-university context or through a junior faculty position (for example as W1 Professor or Assistant Professor).

FAU expects applicants to become actively involved in administering academic affairs and in developing strategic initiatives. FAU pursues a policy of intense student mentoring and therefore expects its teaching staff to be present during lecture periods.

FAU offers an outstandingly productive research environment as well as a passionate and multi-disciplinary scholarly community within a vibrant institutional network.

In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. FAU is a family-friendly employer and is also responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Please submit your complete application documents (CV, list of publications, list of lectures and courses taught, copies of certificates and degrees, list of third-party funding) online at by 31.05.2020, addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences. Please contact with any questions.