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Junior Professor of Theoretical Physics - Theory of Condensed Matter

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
17 Mar 2023

Job Information

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Research Field
Physics » Other
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Job Status
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
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Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. Thanks to its location in the Rhine-Main science region, the university can unfold to its full potential and showcase its innovative power and dynamism. Its status as a comprehensive university allows for multidisciplinary learning and teaching and has great potential for internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research. Almost all of its institutes are located on a single campus close to the Mainz city center – creating a lively academic culture for researchers, teaching staff, and students from every continent.

The Institute of Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science invites applications for the position of
Junior Professor of Theoretical Physics
- Theory of Condensed Matter
beginning at the earliest date possible.
Salary grade W 1 LBesG with tenure track to W 2 | Civil servant with a fixed-term contract

Tasks and expectations

We are looking for creative candidates who have demonstrated initial scientific achievements and the ability for independent research at the highest international level. Their research should complement the research activities existing in Mainz. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, soft and life-like matter, spintronics and topological quantum materials, and non-equilibrium physics.

Applicants will be expected to collaborate with existing working groups in Mainz, e.g., in the area of materials science, soft matter science, or spin-phenomena physics and strongly correlated systems. They will also be expected to participate in top-level research areas of JGU such as TOPDYN or M3ODEL, and in joined collaborative research centers such as the TRR 173 Spin+X and the TRR 288 Elasto-Q-Mat or the recently established SFB 1551 “Polymer concepts in Cell Biology” and the Research Training Group GRK 2516 “Control of structure formation in soft matter at and through interfaces”. Joining other existing centers such as the Max Planck Graduate Center with the Johannes Gutenberg University and/or the Spin Phenomena Interdisciplinary Center is also possible.

The successful candidate will participate in the general teaching duties of the department, in particular in the field of theoretical physics. Candidates are therefore expected to have the necessary pedagogic skills and commitment. Active involvement in academic self-administration is also expected.



Research Field
Physics » Other
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

In addition to the general requirements according to public services law, applicants must meet the recruitment requirements stipulated in Section 54 of the Hochschulgesetz of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Specific Requirements

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate and JGU are committed to close personal mentoring of students and therefore expect teaching staff to have a strong presence at the university. A cooperative, team-oriented and proactive work attitude, strong communication skills, and the willingness to assume responsibility – including further professional development in accordance with JGU’s leadership guidelines – is also expected.

Junior professors with tenure track are initially appointed as civil servants for a period of six years. After this period, the position will be converted to a tenured professorship (W 2), provided the holder of the position meets the relevant regulations of higher education law (final evaluation procedure) as well as the general requirements according to public services law. In the fourth year, the junior professor’s performance level will be evaluated in order to provide orientation for the time remaining.


Additional Information


JGU firmly supports making family and career compatible and promotes its employees’ further professional development with an extensive human resources development offer.

JGU aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and therefore encourages female researchers to apply.

Candidates with severe disabilities and appropriate qualifications will be given priority.


Selection process

Please submit your application, including CV, references, diplomas and certificates, as well as a record of teaching experience, a teaching and research concept, your list of publications and presentations and up to three central publications (with specification of your contribution) by April 30th, 2023 electronically as one PDF file to the

Dean of the Faculty Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Patrick Windpassinger

The interview symposium is tentatively planned from June 5th until 16th, 2023.
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Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
Institute of Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science

Where to apply



Saarstr. 21
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