22. June 2022

Job posting: Argelander Assistant Professor (W1) for Legal Aspects of Sustainability and Ecological Transformation (tenure track to W2) Job posting: Argelander Assistant Professor (W1) for Legal Aspects of Sustainability and Ecological Transformation

To sharpen and further develop its scientific profile, the university has established six transdisciplinary research areas (TRAs). As novel innovation-promoting organizational structures, the TRAs direct university research toward central scientific, technological, and societal issues of the future. They serve as creative and explorative platforms.


The support of scientists at all career stages is one of the highest priorities of the Excellence University of Bonn. In this context, the Argelander Tenure Track Professorship Program is specifically dedicated to supporting excellent junior researchers and enabling them to develop their own independent research at the interface between the disciplines.


Applications are invited for an open position of an

Argelander Assistant Professor (W1) for Legal Aspects of Sustainability and Ecological Transformation (tenure track to W2)

to be filled as soon as possible within the Transdisciplinary Research Area “Individuals, Institutions and Societies” (TRA Individuals and Societies) of the University of Bonn ́s excellence initiative.

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This professorship is funded by the Tenure Track Program of the German Federal and State Governments. Awarding tenure is not subject to a vacancy at the time when the fixed-term contract of the tenure-track position expires.
The initial appointment will be as Assistant Professor (W1) with tenure track to Associate Professor (W2) in the Department of Law of the Faculty of Law and Economics of the University of Bonn, which is affiliated with TRA Individuals and Societies.


The Argelander Assistant Professor should have a focus in research and teaching in the area of sustainability issues in German administrative law and constitutional law. We are seeking qualified applicants with a doctoral degree in the field of law. Applicants should have proven their scientific aptitude by an outstanding quality of their doctorate. The successful candidate can demonstrate a strong research agenda in the area of sustainability-related constitutional and administrative law. Ideally, applicants engage in research on inequality with a focus on intergenerational inequalities or distributional effects induced by climate change or by policy measures to combat climate change. Applicants’ research interests should be at the intersection environmental economics, behavioral economics, or sociology.

The successful candidate will further qualify for the position by teaching and the ability of publishing in leading international journals. The willingness to engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research is expected. In addition to participation in the bachelor's or master's program, collaboration in doctoral training is planned. All teaching at the graduate level is in English. Teaching at the undergraduate level can be conducted in English or German.


This call is aimed at early-career researchers. As a general rule, the candidate must have earned his/her doctoral degree within the last four years. Candidates who have completed their doctorate at the University of Bonn must have changed universities or have been working in academic research outside of the University of Bonn for at least two years prior to applying.


Formal requirements are defined by § 36 of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschulgesetz Nordrhein-Westfalen). Assistant professors are appointed for an initial period of three years with an extension for another three years in case of a positive interim evaluation. Subsequently, the appointment will be made permanent as Associate Professor (W2) subject to a positive tenure evaluation of the Tenure-Track Committee of the Department of Law at the Faculty of Law and Economics. Such permanence requires that the appointed person successfully distinguished him/herself in the fields of legal aspects of sustainability and ecological transformation and achieves adequate visibility through appropriate publications. Regulations on tenure track at the University of Bonn and further information on tenure track professorships at the University of Bonn are available at https://www.uni-bonn.de/en-tenure-track.


Further information about the TRA Individuals and Societies can be obtained at: http://www.tra4.uni-bonn.de For further information on this professorship, please contact Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Durner (E-Mail: durner@jura.uni-bonn.de).


The University of Bonn promotes diversity among its members. It is certified as a family-oriented university and has a dual career service. Its aim is to increase the proportion of women in scientific staff and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges qualified women to apply. Likewise, the University encourages suitable people with proven impairment to apply. Applications are dealt with in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz).


Please submit your application, including a cover letter stating research aims as well as a CV, two letters of recommendation, a list of publications, teaching evaluations and degree certificates, and optionally up to three publications related to the research focus of the professorship, as one pdf file via our online portal: www.berufungsportal.uni-bonn.de


Applications received by 22.08.2022, are guaranteed full consideration.


The appointment committee reserves its right to also consider applications submitted after this date.

The University of Bonn is an internationally operating research university with a broad spectrum of subjects. Over 200 years of history, around 38,000 students, more than 6,000 employees and an excellent reputation both at home and abroad: The University of Bonn is one of the most important universities in Germany and has been recognized as a university of excellence.

The University of Bonn promotes diversity among its members. It is certified as a family-oriented university and has a dual career service. Its aim is to increase the proportion of women in scientific staff and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges qualified women to apply. Likewise, the University encourages suitable people with proven impairment to apply. Applications are dealt with in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz).

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