Tenure-track Professorship (W1) “Genomics and Developmental Biology”

Job description

The CZS Center for Synthetic Genomics (CZS-SynGen) is dedicated to establishing research and development in the field of synthetic genomics at the participating universities in Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, and Mainz as an internationally visible research focus. (https://syn-gen.de/#)

We are seek an individual with an outstanding scientific track record that demonstrates their strengths in targeted modification, design or production of synthetic genomes and their impact on the development of an organism.

The holder of the tenure-track professorship (W1) will ideally conduct research on the zebrafish and/or Japanese rice fish model systems, which are already well established at KIT. However, other animal model systems are also welcome and should be combined with quantitative in vitro or in silico approaches. Research into synthetic genomics in organoids and cell cultures is also possible, provided there is a direct link to developmental biology. We particularly encourage the connection of fundamental biological research with machine learning approaches and/or simulations.

The tenure-track professorship (W1) is intended to sustainably strengthen the focus of KIT's Division I – Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering (https://www.kit.edu/b1/english/index.php) on Life Science Engineering and Health Technologies (https://www.healthtech.kit.edu/). The future holder of the full professorship is expected to acquire third-party funding and to actively participate in the work of our academic bodies. Furthermore, you will execute university tasks with a teaching obligation of initially 4 hours per week per semester. Following a positive interim evaluation, it will increase to 6 hours. The future tenure-track professorship (W1) will entail basic lectures in the bachelor's and master's programs in General and Applied Biology.

Personal qualification

We are looking for an outstanding early-stage researcher with acknowledged expertise in the area above. The prerequisite for a successful application for this tenure-track professorship (W1) is a strong research project that significantly contributes to the research of the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation Center for Synthetic Genomics (CZS-SynGen).

Employment is subject to Art. 14, par. (2) of the KIT-Gesetz (KIT Act) in conjunction with Art. 51 Landeshochschulgesetz (LHG) Baden-Württemberg (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) as well as to the Quality Assurance Concept for Junior Professorships and Tenure-track Professorships at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) apply.

 we offer

Organizational unit

Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering, KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences, Zoological Institute (ZOO)

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Contract duration

Employment as a civil servant for a fixed term (Beamte/r auf Zeit) or as a salaried employee (Angestellte/r) will be limited to six years. An interim evaluation will take place before the expiry of the third year of work.

The evaluation procedure and general evaluation criteria are outlined in the “Quality Assurance Concept for Junior Professorships and Tenure-track Professorships at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)”; for the original German version, click https://www.sts.kit.edu/downloads/2019_AB_001_QSK_Juniorprofessur.pdf Specific interim and final evaluation criteria will include independence and originality of research, scientific visibility, publications in renowned journals with a peer review process, acquisition of third-party funding, excellent teaching evaluations, successful supervision of graduation theses (B.Sc./M.Sc.) and doctoral researchers as well as active participation in the work of academic bodies. For your career development, you will be offered support and mentoring.

In case of a positive final evaluation, you will be offered a full professorship (W3).

Application up to

March 20, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Professor Dr. Sylvia Erhardt, phone: +49 721 608-46640.


Please mail your application with the relevant documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications, diplomas/certificates, teaching evaluations, description of previous and planned research and teaching activities, research and teaching concept, description of your own contributions in the above-mentioned areas, acquired third-party funds, statement on scientific honesty), preferably as a single PDF file, to Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki, Head of Division I – Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and Chairwoman of the appointment committee „Tenure-Track Professorship (W1) Genomics and Developmental Biology“, Kaiserstraße 12, D-76131 Karlsruhe, e-mail: sabine.schwindt@kit.edu.


Vacancy number: 1048/2024


We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

As a family-friendly university, KIT offers part-time employment, leaves of absence for family reasons, a dual career service, and coaching to support the work-life balance.

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The project is funded by Carl Zeiss Stiftung.