We are looking for excellent staff members

Whether you are a prospective PhD student, PostDoc or interested in individual research projects, here you will find our vacant positions for academic staff members!
As an ever-growing international research university, we are regularly looking for researchers and those who want to become researchers in various departments of the seven faculties.

Excellent Opportunities for Your Career in Science

Are you looking for a professional challenge as a scientist? Then the University of Bonn is the right place for you! We are an international research university with a broad spectrum of disciplines. 200 years of history, around 35,000 students, more than 6,000 employees and an excellent reputation at home and abroad: The recent success in the Excellence Initiative and Strategy confirms the University of Bonn as one of the most important universities in Germany and an excellent research institution.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn is looking for a new position to be filled starting October 1, 2024, for a period of four years:

Senior Lecturer (“Akademische*r Oberrätin*Oberrat) for North American Studies | Economics

The transdisciplinary North American Studies program at the Institute of English, American and Celtic Studies at the University of Bonn is dedicated to teaching and research about the USA and Canada as cultural, political and economic systems. The program offers a Masters in North American Studies, cooperates with other disciplines in the BA English Studies, and regularly organizes extracurricular events such as a lecture series, panel discussions, and symposia.

You bring:

  • A university degree with a doctorate and further publications (equivalent to German “Habilitation”) in economics or a related discipline,
  • Teaching experience in the fundamentals of micro- and macroeconomics as well as the ability to broadly cover various areas of economics in teaching,
  • Interest in the economic history and economic policy of North America and in current transdisciplinary research questions and methodological discussions,
  • Experience in transdisciplinary teaching and research collaborations,
  • Very good written and spoken English skills (the language of instruction for the degree program is English),
  • International collaborative networks.

Your tasks:

  • University teaching with a focus on fundamentals and methods of economics within the scope of 7 SWS,
  • Examination procedures in all the above-mentioned degree programs,
  • Research activities,
  • Cooperation in transdisciplinary projects of the North American Studies program.

We offer:

  • Sufficient time for your own research,
  • Small, highly motivated study groups,
  • A connection to the economic history research group at the Institute of History,
  • An exciting, challenging, team-oriented position in teaching, research, and scientific management,
  • If the requirements are met, salary according to salary grade A 14 BBesO.

Women are given preferential consideration in accordance with the State Equal Opportunities Act (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz) if they have the same qualifications. Severely disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified.

Interested candidates are requested to send the usual application documents by May 17th, 2024 to the directors of the North American Studies Program (Prof. Dr. Sabine N. Meyer, Prof. Dr. Sabine Sielke), Institute of English, American and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn, Rabinstr. 8, 53111 Bonn. Contact: office@nap-uni-bonn.de

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers a wide range of degree programs. Some 33,000 students and more than 6,000 employees study and work on the foundation of a 200-year tradition. Awarded the status of a University of Excellence, the University of Bonn is one of the leading universities in Germany and enjoys an excellent international reputation

The new Argelander professorship Integrated System Modeling for Sustainability Transitions, chaired by Jun.- Prof. Dr. Wolfram within the Transdisciplinary Research Area “Sustainable Futures” (TRA 6) is looking for a

Post-doc Researcher (m/f/d) (100% working time limited for 24 months) or a Doctoral student (m/f/d) (65% working time limited for 36 months)

funded by the Cooperative AI Foundation. Cooperation at scale is vital for a sustainable future, yet unresolved. Specifically, how can large collectives of intelligent actors, coupled with dynamic environments, seek ways to improve their joint well-being? To move forward with this challenge, we develop mathematical models of collective learning, bridging ideas from complex systems science, multi-agent reinforcement learning, and social-ecological resilience.

Your tasks:

  • Develop, implement, and analyze mathematical models to answer which features make large collectives of self-interested, individually learning agents cooperative,
  • Disseminate research outcomes in peer-reviewed publications and scientific conferences.

Your profile:

  • Master's degree (for doctoral position) or a doctorate (for post-doctoral position) in computer science, mathematics, physics, or a related quantitative subject,
  • Proficiency in reinforcement learning in multi-agent systems,
  • Proficiency in scientific computing with Python,
  • Prior knowledge of evolutionary game theory and/or mean-field games is desirable,
  • Proficiency in English,
  • Committed, flexible, team-oriented, interested in advanced training.

We offer:

  • A diverse and challenging job to grow in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research environment with one of the largest employers in the region.
  • As part of the doctoral position the opportunity to obtain a PhD,
  • Participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL),
  • Access to the extensive university sports program,
  • An excellent transport infrastructure due to the central location in Bonn and the possibility to use assigned, affordable parking,
  • A salary based on the 13 TV-L scale.

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university and aims to increase the proportion of women employed in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers. To that end, it urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application documents including cover letter, curriculum vitae and certificates by 22.03.2024 with the application code 3.2/2024/13 and only in single a PDF file by e-mail to Professor Dr. Wolfram Barfuss w.barfuss@uni-bonn.de. Please address any questions regarding the position described to Prof. Dr. Barfuss (email: wbarfuss@uni-bonn.de, phone: +49 228 73 1835).

The Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn is an international research university with a broad spectrum of subjects. 200 years of history, around 33,000 students, more than 6,000 employees and an excellent reputation at home and abroad: the University of Bonn is one of the most important universities in Germany and has just been awarded the title of Excellence University.

Prof. Armin Djamei and his group at the Department for Plant Pathology focus their research on fungal plant pathogen interactions and plant immunity, using a broad spectrum of molecular genetic, biochemical, bioinformatic and synthetic biology approaches.
Please also visit our website: https://www.inres.uni-bonn.de/pflanzenpathologie/en/research

Here we offer a fully funded Postdoc position for three years:

Postdoc in Plant-Fungal interactions
(Research Scientist 100%)

The goal of this Postdoc project will be with a special focus on plant signaling hubs. More information will be given during the interview.

Your profile:

  • PhD degree in Biology or related fields,
  • Solid expertise in plant biology   and/or plant-fungal interactions,
  • Molecular biology, microscopy, protein biochemistry, bioinformatics and genetics will be needed skills,
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of basic biology,
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English; knowledge of German is not required,
  • Goal-oriented, structured, and team-minded way of working.

We offer: 

  • A varied and challenging job,
  • Experienced supervision and scientific advice during your whole Postdoc,
  • A diverse, interdisciplinary, and highly dynamic research environment,
  • In the laboratory we use English as the official language,
  • A salary at the government pay-scale of 100% E13 TV-L (http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tv-l/allg/),
  • Opportunities for further training and education.

The University of Bonn is committed to equal opportunities and therefore explicitly welcomes diversity in terms of gender, age, origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation. It is certified as a family-friendly university. Its goal is to increase the proportion of women in areas in which women are underrepresented and to particularly promote their careers. It therefore strongly encourages applications from women with relevant qualifications. Applications are handled in accordance with the State Equality Act. The application of suitable people with proven severe disabilities and persons of equal standing is particularly welcome.

If you are interested in this position, please send your complete application documents by 10 th March 2024, quoting the reference number “Postdoc position Plant Pathology 2024 – 3.2/2024/17” for technical reasons only in a single PDF file by e-mail to: pflanzenpathologie@uni-bonn.de.

Please submit a complete curriculum vitae, a cover letter in which your interests and experience are described in detail, and preferably three written references (or at least the contact details of the referees). For further information, please contact Prof. Armin Djamei (djamei@uni-bonn.de).

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers a wide range of degree programs. With 200 years of history, about 33,000 students, over 6.000 employees, and an excellent domestic and international reputation, Bonn University is among Germany’s leading universities.

Starting at the earliest date possible and limited to 31.12.2027, the Institute for Language, Media and Music Studies, Department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Art is seeking a

Research associate (65%)

The position is assigned to the professorship of Digital Media Culture in the Department of Media Studies and is part of the project "Precision Farming: Co-operative practices of virtual fencing” within the collaborative research centre Media of Cooperation (University of Siegen).

Your responsibilities:

  • Carry out independent scientific research in the sub-project "Contemporary practices of virtual fencing" with a focus on media-theoretical and empirical-qualitative analysis of current sensing and tracking practices in precision (live-stock) farming. In particular, media-analytical and -ethnographic investigation of exemplary fencing applications to reflect on the geographical and socio-technical conditions of mobile fencing,
  • Write a PhD thesis on the topic through research in the project,
  • Participate in interdisciplinary cooperation with the other project members and within the CRC Media of Cooperation (https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/de/),
  • Organize and implement project-specific events.

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (MA or equivalent) in media studies or a similar discipline (cultural studies, science and technology studies, social informatics, etc.) with a focus on media research,
  • PhD project in the field of digital media culture, preferably with a focus on sensory and geomedia practices in industrial livestock farming,
  • Knowledge in the field of theory, history and analysis of digital media culture, preferably with a focus on sensing, critical animal studies, app/interface studies or ethnographic methods,
  • Experience in organizing events and publications is advantageous,
  • Very good knowledge of German and English,
  • Independent, self-reliant and team-oriented way of working. 

We offer:

  • a varied and challenging position with one of the biggest employers in the area,
  • opportunity to pursue a PhD,
  • development of an independent research portfolio,
  • collaboration in a cooperative and interdisciplinary team,
  • participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL),
  • further education and training opportunities,
  • access to the extensive university sports program,
  • an excellent transport infrastructure and the possibilityto use assigned, affordable parking,
  • the opportunity to part-time work from home,
  • a salary based on the 13 TV-L scale.

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

If you are interested in (filling) this position, please send your complete application documents (incl. summary of the thesis (1-2 pages) and, if applicable, exposé of the PhD project) as one pdf-file by 06.03.2024 to Silke Baumgarten: baumgarten@uni-bonn.de with the application code 3.2/2024/07.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Kathrin Friedrich: k.friedrich@uni-bonn.de.

The University of Bonn does not cover travel expenses.

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers a wide range of degree programs. With more than 200 years of history, about 33.000 students, over 6.000 employees, and an excellent domestic and international reputation, Bonn University is among Germany’s leading universities and has been awarded the title Excellence University.

The Department of English, American and Celtic Studies (IAAK) is offering a position for an

English Language Teacher/Lecturer
(Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben) (50%)

The positions will be available from 01 April 2024 until 31 March 2025, with the possibility of a one-year extension after this period.

Your tasks:

  • teaching Language Practice courses (e.g. advanced grammar and vocabulary; introductory level phonetics),
  • teaching introductory and advanced writing courses, ranging from formal/academic essays to creative writing,
  • designing English language courses for students with a high standard of fluency,
  • pedagogical innovation with a focus particularly on accuracy of usage,
  • providing students with constructive feedback for development and improvement,
  • working in a team as many courses are taught as parallel courses,
  • exam setting, invigilating, marking, and grading duties (also during semester breaks),
  • student counselling,
  • assisting ERASMUS, exchange, and IAAK students with their academic requirements
  • providing references,
  • The teaching load is 8 hours p.w.,
  • The total workload is e. 19.917 hours p.w.

Your profile:

  • native speaker of English,
  • postgraduate degree (M.A. in English, TESOL, Education, or a related field preferred),
  • knowledge of German at an advanced level (active or passive),
  • extensive teaching and other relevant professional or academic experience at the university level, preferably at a German university,
  • possess experience in curriculum development and pedagogical innovation,
  • experience in digital teaching (e.g. Ilias/eCampus; Zoom),
  • experience with computerized exams.

We offer:

  • a varied and challenging position with one of the biggest employers in the areas in an international, interdisciplinary research environment,
  • access to the extensive university sports programme,
  • Occupational pension (VBL),
  • many options available for university sports,
  • easy access to the public transport system due to the central location in Bonn as well as the possibility to use inexpensive parking facilities,
  • a salary based on the German 13 TV-L scale.

Employment is only possible if there has been no previous employment relationship with the university.

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore strongly encourages women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

If you are interested in this position, please send your complete application documents (CV, cover letter, certificates, references, list of courses taught) combined into one single pdf-file by 29 february 2024 by e-mail to office.anglistik@uni-bonn.de with the application code 3.2/2024/18.

For further information, please contact Don Varn Lowman (dlowman@uni-bonn.de).

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university with a broad spectrum of subjects. 200 years of history, around 35,000 students, more than 6,000 employees and an excellent reputation 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 newly founded Bonn Institute of Organismal Biology (BIOB) of the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences / Working Group Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gompel is looking for a

Academic Functional Specialist (100%) for Data Analysis

Your future position

We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced researcher with advanced skills in image analysis, data analysis, programming, statistics and bioinformatics. The successful candidate will be based in the Bonn Institute of Organismal Biology and will be part of Prof. Nicolas Gompel's team studying the genetic origin of evolutionary changes (www.gompel.org). A major focus of the group is to characterize the molecular changes that lead to new gene regulation and phenotypic evolution. The Gompel lab combines dissection of enhancers with reporter constructs in transgenic Drosophila with quantitative imaging and statistical modeling to understand the molecular basis of regulatory changes. They study these changes at the level of closely related Drosophila species as well as populations, and adapt classical Drosophila melanogaster genetics to these different species to test evolutionary hypotheses. Candidates may refer to recent publications from the Gompel lab (Xin et al., 2020; Le Poul et al., 2020) for an example of the type of projects they would pursue.

Your profile:

  • Develop software and data analysis pipelines and apply mathematical/physical approaches to study the relationship between phenotype and genotype, starting from experimental data generated by the research group in the Department of Biology.
  • The position involves 5 hours of teaching responsibilities during the semester (approximately 145 hours per year), including lectures, course management, and student supervision. With several local masters and graduate programs, you will meet a group of international and highly motivated students who are open to interdisciplinarity.

We offer:

  • Remuneration or grouping according to pay grade A13 with tenure for life.
  • A challenging and varied job with one of the largest employers in the region
  • Numerous offers of university sports
  • Very good transport connections and the opportunity to use inexpensive parking facilities.

For more information on the intended teaching area, please refer to the website of the Biology Department, the course catalog of the University of Bonn or ask Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gompel (ngompel@uni-bonn.de).

The employment or transfer to the civil service on probation is only possible until the completion of the 42nd year of life. Severely disabled persons and persons with disabilities according to § 2 paragraph 3 of the Ninth. Book of the Social Code, Rehabilitation and Participation of Disabled Persons (Article 1 of the Act of June 19, 2001, BGBl. I p. 1046, 1047), as amended, may also be hired if they have not yet reached the age of 45.

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. Its goal is to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented and to particularly promote their careers. It therefore strongly encourages applications from relevantly qualified women. Applications are handled in accordance with the State Equal Opportunity Act. Applications from suitable persons with proven severe disabilities and persons treated as such are particularly welcome.

Please send your complete and meaningful application documents (copies of certificates, scientific background, a description of previous teaching experience and experience in the aforementioned administrative area, as well as a description of your teaching philosophy) by 28.02.2024, indicating the reference number 80-23-3.201 assembled in a single PDF file via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gompel (ngompel@uni-bonn.de).

Contact Information

Wolfgang Schank

Head of Section 3.2 - Human Resources

Petra Dykmanns

Head of Section 3.3 - Human Resources
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