University Professorship (W3) for Solar-Terrestrial Physics and Director of the DLR Institut

German Aerospace Center (DLR) and University of Rostock
Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE)
Jun 18, 2020
Aug 14, 2020
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Director of the DLR Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics connected with a professorship (W3) for Solar-Terrestrial Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Rostock.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Rostock is involved in a joint appointment procedure with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) (DLR) and invites applications for a

University Professorship (W3) for Solar-Terrestrial Physics

to commence work at the earliest possible date. The successful applicant will be assigned to the University of Rostock as a university professor with a reduced teaching obligation (2 SWS) and in parallel will undertake the position of the

Director of the DLR Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics

in Neustrelitz.

The DLR Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISO), newly established in 2019, is concerned with the properties and interactions of the coupled ionosphere-thermosphere-magnetosphere (ITM) system and its propulsion by energy input from the sun and the underlying atmosphere. Within the realm of this field of research the Institute at the Neustrelitz site in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern focuses on space weather research. The ISO covers both basic and applied research. The aim is to protect important technical infrastructures and support affected industries by providing timely, accurate and reliable observations and forecasts. The ISO will have an initial budget of approximately 30 basic funding posts. Approximately 30% of the institute's revenues will be raised as third-party funds. Further information is available via:

The University of Rostock, founded in 1419, offers teaching and research in nine faculties covering a wide range of subjects. An Interdisciplinary Faculty (INF) was founded in 2007. The Chair of Solar-Terrestrial Physics is assigned to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNF). The position will be affiliated with the Institute of Physics which focusses on the main areas "Photonics", "Physics of Nanostructures and Nanostructured Materials", "Atoms, Molecules, Clusters and Plasmas", as well as "Atmospheric Physics and Physical Oceanography". Close cooperation with groups from the DLR Institute and MNF as well as participation in joint collaborative projects and commitment within the framework of the INF are expected. Further information on the MNF and INF can be found under and, respectively. The Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics at the University of Rostock should also be highlighted in connection with the advertised position, as the successful applicant is expected to work closely with this Institute on issues relating to the coupling of the atmosphere and the ionosphere. The vacancy involves teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s courses in physics at the MNF of the University of Rostock during term-time amounting to two hours per week.

This advertisement addresses an internationally recognized expert, capable of managing the DLR Institute and with in-depth expertise in the field of solar-terrestrial physics. The applicant must be qualified to strategically develop the research fields covered by the ISO, namely space weather observations, solar-terrestrial coupling processes and the influence of space weather on modern technical infrastructures, and to represent them on a national and international level. In addition, applicants are expected to be experienced in the acquisition and management of large third-party funded projects and be willing to cooperate in an interdisciplinary context with partners from research and industry. The ability to manage a research institute is a fundamental prerequisite.

The requirements for employment comply with § 58 of the State University Act Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LHG M-V). Details are available on request.

DLR and the University of Rostock are aiming to increase the proportion of female colleagues amongst their scientific staff and therefore urge qualified female scientists to apply in accordance with Section 7 (3) of the Equal Opportunities Act Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Women with essentially equivalent qualifications will be given priority provided that the personal qualities of a male candidate are not better suited for the position.

Furthermore, disabled candidates with essentially equal qualifications will be given preference.

Applications in the form of a single pdf file (5 MB max.) together with the standard documentation (CV, a statement regarding past scientific career development, references, certificates, a list of publications, a record of previous teaching activities, a description of future research intentions on behalf of the University of Rostock and the DLR together with an acquisition list of third-party funds) must be sent by 14/08/2020 to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Rostock, Wismarsche Str. 45, 18051 Rostock, e-mail:

The following can be contacted if you require further information: Prof. Dr. Ronald Redmer, Chairman of the Appointment Commission, phone: +49 381 498-6910, e-mail: or: Prof. Dr. Markus Rapp, acting Director of the DLR Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics, phone: +49 815 328-2520, e-mail:

Protecting your personal data is very important to us. Data gathered during the application procedure will therefore be collected, processed and used in accordance with the relevant data protection regulations.

Application costs will be compensated by the DLR in accordance with respective rules of the Federal Travel Expenses Directive. We kindly ask you to submit specifically a copy of your application only, as any material you submit will not be returned after the procedure has been completed.