Professorship (W2) (6 years/tenure track) of Earth Science Communication and Climate Education

  • Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen
  • Munich (Stadt), Bayern (DE)
  • Nov 02, 2021
Full time Geology/Earth & Ocean Sciences

Job Description

As one of Europe's leading research universities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-year-long tradition, it offers a broad spectrum that covers all areas of knowledge within its 18 Faculties, ranging from the humanities, law, economics and social sciences, to medicine and the natural sciences.

The Faculty of Geosciences invites applications for a

Professorship (W2) (6 years/tenure track)
of Earth Science Communication and Climate Education

commencing as soon as possible.

The successful candidate has an excellent research and publication record in the fields of climate education and science communication that matches his/her career stage. Expertise in the area of inter- and transdisciplinary climate change research is also desirable, in addition to prior experience in the science-led development and scientific assessment of climate education programmes and climate action initiatives. The candidate's research interests and methodological approach should be well suited to an interdisciplinary faculty that brings together social and natural scientists engaged in climate change research. Possible thematic foci include public understanding of climate science, climate education in schools, organisations and companies, climate change skepticism and denial, public perceptions and (non-)acceptance of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures and communication across the science-society-policy interface. A commitment to methodological innovation and multi-method research designs and a strong interest in diverse social-scientific methods, including recent innovations in big data analytics and/or the collection of media use data would be an advantage. The successful candidate is also expected to show a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration within the faculty, across the university and beyond.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the diversification of the Department's teaching programme, including new offers at Bachelor and Masters levels and for teacher training programmes (Lehramt). Contributions to other climate-related teaching offers (e.g. LMU public lecture series, el mundo certificate programme etc.) are also welcome, in addition to regular public dissemination and outreach activities that move beyond unidirectional forms of knowledge transfer to include innovative approaches to science-society-policy dialogue and mutual learning.

LMU Munich seeks to appoint a highly qualified junior academic to this professorship and, therefore, especially encourages early-career scholars to apply. Prerequisites for this position are a university degree and a doctoral degree or a comparable specific qualification. With an excellent record in research and teaching to date, prospective candidates will have demonstrated the potential for an outstanding academic career.

The initial appointment will be for six years. After a minimum of three years, it can be converted into a permanent position pending a positive evaluation of the candidate's performance in research and teaching as well as his/her personal aptitude and if all legal conditions are met.

This professorship is funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States.

Under the terms of the "LMU Academic Career Program", in exceptional cases and subject to outstanding performance in research and teaching, the position may be converted from a W2 into a W3 Full Professorship at a later date.

LMU Munich makes a point of providing newly appointed professors with various types of support, such as welcoming services and assistance for dual career couples.

LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer. The University continues to be very successful in increasing the number of female faculty members and strongly encourages applications from female candidates. LMU Munich intends to enhance the diversity of its faculty members. Furthermore, disabled candidates with essentially equal qualifications will be given preference.

Please submit your application comprising a curriculum vitae, documentation of academic degrees and certificates as well as a list of publications to the Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen, Luisenstrasse 37, D-80333 Munich, Germany, no later than November 30th, 2021. Please submit your application online via

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