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Full Professorship for ‘Biosystems Engineering’ (W3)

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Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

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The Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, invites applications for a

Full Professorship for ‘Biosystems Engineering’ (W3)

starting 1 April 2025.

We are looking for an excellent and ambitious researcher to fill the core professorship "Biosystems Engineering" at the Thaer Institute. The successful candidate will address the field in its entirety in research and teaching with a particular focus on the development of sustainable agricultural systems, preferably in closed energy and material cycles.

Innovative aspects of the technical control and use of biological systems for the sustaina-ble and quality-oriented production of plant-based agricultural products will be addressed in research and teaching.

The successful candidate is expected to deploy mathematical-physical modelling and artificial intelligence to better understand complex phenomena such as plant growth and quality formation processes in agricultural systems and to steer them towards improved sustainability. In particular, this involves the interpretation of sensory data and its use in control technology (controlled-environment agriculture). Bio-systemic control and regulation processes in organisms and production systems and their technical control in terms of process control are also relevant.

The internationally recognized researcher has published regularly in relevant international journals and successfully attracted and completed competitive research grants and there-by proven an ability to conduct problem-oriented and highly innovative research through.

Experience in the supervision of doctoral researchers, in interdisciplinary cooperation with-in and outside the Life Sciences and in knowledge transfer with agricultural practitioners are desirable.

The successful candidate has didactic skills and teaching experience, ideally in the areas of agricultural or horticultural engineering. Willingness to teach in English and German (possibly after a period of time to acquire sufficient language skills) and to engaged participation in university self-governance are required. Willingness to continuous teaching development and intensive cooperation within the Thaer-Institute, the Faculty of Life Sciences and across faculties is expected.

The applicants must meet the legal requirements for professorial appointments in accordance with
§ 100 of the `Berliner Hochschulgesetz’.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Scholars from abroad are welcome to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. Qualified candidates with an immigration history are explicitly encouraged to apply.


The main office of the professorship is located in Berlin Dahlem.


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Your application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement including summaries of past, present, and prospective projects, teaching philosophy and experience, list of teaching assignments, a statement identifying previous and future contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion, and the candidate‘s ability to work in culturally diverse groups, copies of certificates and documents (including transcripts), and a list of publications with up to five full copies of selected articles.

Please also take note of the instructions concerning application documents on our website: Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

Please send your application within 08-05-2024 and quoting the reference number PR/004/24 preferably in electronic form in one single pdf file to: or to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Dean, Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Ulrichs, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.

Please visit our website, which gives you access to the legally binding German version.