[visionlist] Tenure-track professorship for Neural Computation in Giessen, Germany

Karl Gegenfurtner gegenfurtner at uni-giessen.de
Wed Mar 25 05:20:41 -04 2020

The following position is available at Giessen University. We would particularly
encourage vision scientists to apply, and we do interpret “Neural Computation”
in a very wide sense.

Best wishes, Karl
Prof. Karl Gegenfurtner, Abteilung Allgemeine Psychologie
Justus-Liebig-Universität, Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, 35394 Giessen
phone:  +49 641 9926100	  mailto:gegenfurtner at uni-giessen.de
fax:    +49 641 9926119	  http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/karl

Owing to the successful application to the German federal-state programme for promoting early-career researchers (tenure-track programme), the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Geography invites applications for a

W1 professorship (with W2 tenure track) for Neural Computation

The position is offered with the earliest possible starting date for a period of six years pursuant to § 64 Para. 3 and 4 Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG). According to § 64 Para. 3 HHG, the applicant should have gained a doctoral degree at an institution of higher education other than Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) or have been in academic employment at an institution other than JLU for at least two years after conferral of a doctoral degree. The duration of said post-doctoral employment may not exceed four years or, in the case of successful completion of further academic training pursuant to § 62 Para. 6 HHG, may not exceed seven years. In the case of successful completion of the six-year W1 position, which is to be assessed in an evaluation procedure pursuant to § 64 Para. 2 HHG, the appointment will be converted into a permanent W2 professorship. Proficient knowledge of German is expected.


Your research area focuses on mathematical and/or biophysical modelling of perceptual processes and their neural signatures as well as the processing of these using computer-based data analysis. Interdisciplinary cooperation with colleagues in applied mathematics and the focus area of JLU in perception psychology as well as close collaboration with the core facility for high-performance computing are cornerstones of emerging research programs. During your work at JLU, successes in the independent acquisition of third-party funds as well as a commitment in joint association applications are expected.

You will teach in the bachelor and master study programs of JLU, in particular in the fields of applied mathematics. Contributions to the implementation of novel study programs such as the new bachelor/master program in data science are expected. This program combines mathematics, computer science and physics within the faculty and extends into other fields that apply big data technologies. You will develop a curriculum on the application of computer-based algorithms to the understanding of neuronal processes. You provide lectures for psychology students on basic big data skills and computer algorithms with a focus on the underlying mathematics on a regular basis. Substantial contributions to teaching for all members of the university as part of the digitalization strategy plan are expected.

Integration of gender aspects in teaching is highly encouraged.


We are looking for an exceptionally qualified young-career scientist with a track record of research in the above-mentioned fields. Scientists working in neighboring areas of neuro-science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, who want to contribute to the development of this interdisciplinary field, are encouraged to apply. International visibility as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, is expected, as is some experience with applications for third-party funding. Didactic skills as well as exceptional research capabilities are expected. An international research portfolio and the ability to teach in English are required.

The JLU aims to employ more women in academic research. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. JLU also pursues the goal at faculty leadership level of increased competence in dealing with gender and family-related issues. JLU is regarded as a family-friendly university. Applicants with children are very welcome. Applications from disabled people of equal aptitude will be given preference.

Please send your letter of application (no e-mails, please) with a CV and a documentation of your qualifications and teaching competence to: The President of Justus Liebig University Giessen, Erwin-Stein-Gebaeude, Goethestrasse 58, 35390 Giessen, Germany, quoting reference number 7-05/20. Applications must be received by April 16th, 2020 at the latest.

Candidates are strongly recommended to refer to our webpage on application procedures at https://www.uni-giessen.de/org/admin/dez/c/beschaeftigung/professuren/merkblatt-englisch. Please only submit copies of your application documents without document files or folders, as they cannot be returned after the application procedure has been completed.

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