Assistant Lecturer with Tenure Track (Assistenzdozentur mit Tenure
The Astronomical Institute (AIUB, https: // www. aiub.unibe.ch) of the
University of Bern in Switzerland invites applications for an assistant
lecturer with tenure track.
The AIUB is focusing its research on fundamental astronomy (including
classical positional astronomy and celestial mechanics), space geodesy, and
space debris search and monitoring. Towards these research aims we combine
observational skills and theoretical work within two research groups focusing
on space geodesy and optical astronomy. A strong emphasis is put on the
operation and further development of the Swiss Optical Ground Station and
Geodynamics Observatory (SwissOGS) in Zimmerwald. With currently six
telescopes optical and laser observations to artificial satellites are
performed at SwissOGS in 24/7 operations in the frame of various international
collaborations. The unique combination of observational and theoretical work
allows the AIUB to regularly participate or coordinate projects funded by ESA,
Horizon 2020, and other sources.
The AIUB is aiming to initiate an early succession for the position of the
SwissOGS director, who will retire in 2025. We therefore are looking for
candidates with strong expertise in optical astronomy (space debris objects
or small bodies in the planetary system) or space geodesy (in particular
satellite laser ranging) to build up a strong successor who will ensure a
smooth transition of the directorship in 2025 and successfully lead the
SwissOGS into the future. Candidates should have a visionary research plan and
strong teaching interests.
Candidates must hold a PhD degree and must have demonstrated their excellence
in their corresponding expertise. The anticipated research at AIUB should lead
to a habilitation or equivalent qualification.
The new assistant lecturer with tenure track will lead the team at the
SwissOGS in Zimmerwald, ensure smooth operations of the SwissOGS, and initiate
independent research to further develop and exploit the opportunities offered
by the SwissOGS. He/she will supervise Bachelor and Master theses, co-
supervise Ph.D. theses, and teach courses in astronomy at the Bachelor level.
Since at the University of Bern teaching at the Bachelor level is conducted in
German, non-German speaking candidates are expected to acquire a working
knowledge of German within the first two years of appointment.
It is expected that the successful candidate applies for third party funding.
Assistant lecturers will be promoted to lecturers (permanent lecturer
position) after successful evaluation (typically after 3-4 years). With the
promotion the candidate will also become director of the SwissOGS. On a mid-
term perspective, the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Bern
gives lecturers the possibility to obtain the title of "Assoziierter
Professor" (honorary professorship).
Please submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as a
single PDF file including a short motivation letter, CV, list of publications
and a two-page summary of past, current and future research. Please also
indicate three references. The deadline for receipt of applications is August
1, 2021. The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and women are
strongly encouraged to apply.
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