Junior Professorship in Physics Education

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
10 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university as it focuses on the grand challenges of the 21st century. lt develops innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is a special feature, facilitating interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions to all employees in teaching, research, technology and administration. The goal is to promote and develop their individual abilities while empowering everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TU Dresden diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

As part of the federal government and the federal states program to support young academic researchers (Tenure Track Program), the Faculty of Physics, Chair of Didactics of Physics, invites applications for the

Junior Professorship (W1) in Physics Education
(with tenure track to W2)

initially limited to a four-year contract, to be filled at the earliest possible date. If the interim evaluation, which usually takes place in the fourth year, is positive, the employment relationship will be extended to a total of six years. After five years at the latest, a tenure evaluation will be carried out by a TU Dresden evaluation commission. Following a positive tenure decision and if the appointment requirements are met, a permanent Chair (W2) of Physics Education will be granted without a new call for applications.

The evaluation procedures are based on evaluation criteria mutually agreed upon with acceptance of the position in the categories research, academic teaching, knowledge transfer and academic self-administration. Essential performance criteria are scientific success accounted for by establishing an independent research profile, its implementation in third-party funded projects, peer-reviewed publications, participation in collaborations within and beyond TU Dresden, the development of innovative teaching contents for physics education, and positively evaluated teaching performance. 

The Chair of Didactics of Physics is responsible for the physics education parts of the education of secondary-school teachers and furthermore is involved in the continuing education of physics teachers and of those entering school service as career changers in close collaboration with the Center for Teacher Education and Educational Research (ZLSB). The chair has a broad research spectrum, with emphasis on modern physics in teacher education and in physics education at secondary schools. In this environment, you (m/f/x) will independently represent the field of physics education in research and teaching and enhance the research portfolio with the development of your own compatible profile in a modern area of physics education research. We expect you to acquire third-party funding and to independently supervise PhD candidates as well as participation in the academic self-administration. Furthermore, we expect you to establish collaborations with partners within and beyond TU Dresden as well as to offer professional development activities for physics teachers. You will participate in physics-education teaching and its continuous development. Your teaching obligation initially comprises four academic hours per week.
This junior professorship with tenure track is aimed at scientists in a very early career phase with an extraordinary potential for a further career in science. You have a strong background in a topical field of physics education research, documented by an outstanding PhD and by your publications. You have practical experience in teaching at schools as well as pedagogical aptitude. Applicants must fulfill the employment qualification requirements of § 63 of the Act on the Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education in the Free State of Saxony (SächsHSFG).

For further questions, please contact the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Prof. Dr. Carsten Timm, phone +49 351 463-34822; email

Our Young Professors Program YOU-PROF offers comprehensive, targeted and individually oriented guidance and support during the evaluation phase. The program includes a structured offer for integration and retention at our university, supports your network building and offers far-reaching qualification, coaching and mentoring packages. 

TU Dresden strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment. If you have any questions about these topics, please contact the Equal Opportunities Officer of the Faculty of Physics (Ms. Magdalena Micoloi, phone +49 351 463-37807) or the Representative of Employees with Disabilities (Mr. Roberto Lemmrich, phone +49 351 463-33175).

Please submit your application, including a CV in tabular form, a description of your scientific career, a list of your scientific publications, a list of courses taught, results of teaching evaluations (preferably of the last three years), as well as a copy of the certificate of your highest academic degree in hard copy to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Physik, Dekan, Herrn Prof. Dr. Carsten Timm, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden, Germany or preferentially in electronic form as one PDF file via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal to by
April 17, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies).

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