Full Professorship (W3) for Experimental Astrophysics

Full Professorship (W3) for Experimental Astrophysics with focus in Solar Physics, University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg)

Consider making the switch to the University of Freiburg: It is one of the most renowned and strongest research universities in Germany, with a history spanning more than 500 years. You’ll engage in top-notch research and teaching with a unique spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and people – right in the heart of one of Germany’s most beautiful cities.

The University of Freiburg’s human resources policy is oriented toward the principles of equal opportunity and diversity. The university is committed to the goal of creating a family-friendly university.

Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS) is a foundation of public law of the State of Baden-Württemberg and a member of the Leibniz Association. Its mission is to perform fundamental astrophysical research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci are 1) dynamic solar atmosphere, 2) the Sun among stars, and 3) Instruments, Techniques and Data. KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the 1.5m GREGOR solar telescope, and pursues a forefront instrument development program, including solar adaptive optics, Fabry-Perot systems and high-precision polarimetry. KIS participates in the Solar Orbiter space mission, Sunrise stratospheric balloon telescope, and the DKI Solar Telescope (DKIST). One of the first-light DKIST instruments, the Visible Tunable Filter (VTF), is being constructed at KIS. Further information can be obtained via the web page of the Institute. KIS strives to offer working environment based on principles of equal opportunity and diversity. It is certified as a family-friendly organization.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Freiburg invites applications for a


Full Professorship (W3) for Experimental Astrophysics with focus in Solar Physics

(Succession of Prof. Oskar von der Lühe)


in the Department of Physics. This is a joint Appointment between the University of Freiburg and the Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) with a simultaneous appointment as a member of the KIS board with the possibility to assume the institute Director function for a candidate with appropriate qualifications. Start-date: 01.04.2022.


The successful candidate shall lead scientific work in the field of experimental solar physics and optical and near infrared solar instrumentation. Excellent knowledge and successful leadership in experimental astrophysics techniques, such as astronomical optical systems, adaptive optics, interferometry, polarimetry, spectroscopy, imaging, image reconstruction, solar observations, etc, are important prerequisites.

As a member of the KIS Board, the candidate shall be responsible for the scientific leadership and management of the institute’s Program Area II „Observatory & Instrumentation“, development and implementation of its research objectives and strategic plans. Excellent competence in experimental work with the largest European solar telescope GREGOR as well as design and construction of novel solar instrumentation for GREGOR, the world-largest solar telescope DKIST, and in the future for the European Solar Telescope EST in cooperation with the KIS partners are expected. Excellent skills in project and time management, problem solving, leading personnel, communication and teamwork are essential for this appointment. Mobility and willingness to work at remote observing facilities of the institute are expected.

As a member of the KIS Board, the successful candidate is responsible for the management of the entire institute. He / she should therefore have profound experience in the management of scientific institutions.

The candidate is expected to contribute to teaching solar physics and astrophysics at the Faculty of Physics, supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD theses, and contribute to other teaching activities at the Faculty.

Prerequisites for the employment of Professors are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. Substantial achievements and experience in academic research and teaching, at the level of a Habilitation according to the German academic system, are expected.



JOB TYPE: Faculty Member


HOURS: Full Time

DURATION: Permanent


We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

The following application documents are to be submitted:


  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates of degrees and academic qualifications
  • Complete list of papers and invited lectures specifying the 10 most important publications
  • Shortlisted candidates shall submit their teaching portfolio before the interview (the required form can be downloaded under www.zuv.uni-freiburg.de/formulare/lehrkompetenzportfolio-formblatt-en.doc)

Please send your application including supporting documents mentioned above and the application form (www.zuv.uni-freiburg.de/formulare/bewerbungsbogen_englisch.pdf) citing the reference number 00001306, by December 15, 2020 at the latest.


Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:


An den Vorsitzenden der Berufungskommission, Prof. Dr. Stefan Dittmaier,

Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik, Dekanat,


79104 Freiburg;

E-Mail: berufungen@physik.uni-freiburg.de



Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Procedure Governing Appointments to Professorships at the University of Freiburg, available under www.zuv.unifreiburg.de/formulare/berufungsleitfaden-en.pdf


Important legal notes: www.uni-freiburg.de/stellen


For additional information about the job and the institute, please contact KIS Director


Prof. Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina

Email: svetlana.berdyugina@leibniz-kis.de