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Direktor/in des DLR-Instituts für Satellitengeodäsie und Inertialsensorik (Hannover) und Universitätsprofessor/in der BesGr. W3 NBesO für Quantensensorik und Quantenmetrologie

Director of the DLR-Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing (Hannover) and University Professor of Salary Scale W3 NBesO for Quantum Sensing and Quantum Metrology

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Leibniz University Hannover are jointly appointing a scientist (m/f/d) as of July 1, 2021 as Director of the DLR-Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing (Hannover) and University Professor of Salary Scale W3 NBesO for Quantum Sensing and Quantum Metrology at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and the QUEST Leibniz Research School at Leibniz University Hannover.

The future holder of the position is appointed as a professor at Leibniz University Hannover and is granted leave of absence to take over the management of the Institute of Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing at DLR (Jülich model).

DLR is the German research centre for aerospace. Its research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitization is integrated into national and international collaborations. The DLR Institute of Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing, headquartered in Hanover and with a department in Bremen, is primarily dedicated to research questions in the context of the use of quantum technologies, quantum metrology and quantum sensing. The institute develops quantum measurement techniques for innovative terrestrial and space-based applications, up to the realization of prototype solutions. At you will find further information about the Institute of Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing.

We are looking for a personality with an internationally recognized scientific reputation and a research activity in the field of quantum technologies. Proven expertise in several topics of the institute is expected. Currently, these are satellite geodesy and geodetic modelling, quantum sensing and quantum optical sensor technology, optical frequency metrology, relativistic modelling and quantum limited metrology. Additionally, several years of professional and managerial experience in university/science operations are expected as well as excellent didactic skills and academic teaching experience. Proven experience in the management of international interdisciplinary scientific projects and successful acquisition of third-party funding are desired.

The holder of the position is expected to participate in teaching at Leibniz University Hannover for two hours per week during each semester. It is expected that selected courses will be held in German and English.

General responsibilities and conditions of appointment apply, in accordance with the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz - NHG).

Part-time employment can be arranged on request.

As equal opportunities employers, Leibniz University Hannover and German Aerospace Center have set themselves the strategic aim of significantly increasing the proportion of women. Female scientists are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from abroad are especially welcome. Preference will be given to equally qualified candidates with disabilities.

In its mission statement, Leibniz University Hannover attaches great importance to the international orientation of teaching and research. At the same time, it places significant value on the intensive guidance and support of its students and on the university’s close ties to the region and to Lower Saxony. Its professors are thus expected to be based in the Hannover Region.

Successful candidates who have reached the age of fifty by the time of appointment and who do not already have civil servant status will generally be given an employment contract.

Please submit your applications in German or English language with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, description of your academic career, list of courses held and other proof of teaching qualifications, teaching concept, list of publications as well as offprints of the five most important publications together with copies of certificates and diplomas) as well as a meaningful presentation of your research interests and plans by the 11.11.2020 through the application-portal of Leibniz University Hannover:

Please address your application to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Leibniz Universität Hannover, Prof. Clemens Walther and the Dean of the QUEST Leibniz Research School Prof. Michèle Heurs.

Only applications through the online portal will be accepted.

For further information, please contact Prof. Wolfgang Ertmer (Phone: 0511 762 14887,

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