Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics
University of Bayreuth Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science

Full Professor of Theoretical Physics (Chair)

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Faculty of Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science at the University of Bayreuth is currently seeking to appoint a

Full Professor of Theoretical Physics (Chair)

at pay grade W3 (minimum salary per month: 7217 euros) to commence on 1 April 2021. This is a permanent civil service position.

We are looking for an internationally outstanding scholar who represents theoretical physics in the field of classical condensed matter in both research and teaching. An innovative and sustainable research approach with reference to the dynamics of soft matter and fluids is expected. Possible research concentrations include systems far away from thermodynamic equilibrium, active matter and the modelling or simulation of complex or biological systems.

With regard to teaching, the subject area of theoretical physics features in its full breadth in the bachelor's, master's and teacher education programmes in physics. An active role in the university focus areas and elite study programmes relating to physics to strengthen and complement existing activities, as well as involvement in collaborative research alliances is expressly desired. The willingness and ability to acquire external funding must be evident. The ability to teach in English is expected.

In addition to the general administrative requirements, prerequisites for this position are a university degree, a doctoral degree, proven excellence in teaching and a post-doctoral qualification to teach at a professorial level (Habilitation). Alternatively, evidence of equivalent scholarly achievement, for example as a junior professor or in a non-university environment, will also be considered.  Only applicants who are 51 years of age or younger can be hired as civil servants. Exceptions are possible in urgent cases.

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality.  Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club Family at University, and it offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Please send your cover letter and supporting documents (CV outlining education and academic career, list of publications, list of courses taught, a description of your research, as well as copies of all diplomas and certificates) as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science ( by 28 February 2020. The documents will be permanently disposed of in accordance with data protection law following the conclusion of the appointment process.


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