Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor in Food Con­tact Mater­i­als
Berlin Institute of Technology Insti­tute of Food Tech­no­logy and Food Chem­istry

Berlin Institute of Technology - Fac­ulty III

Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin, Fac­ulty III - Pro­cess Sci­ences - Insti­tute of Food Tech­no­logy and Food Chem­istry and the Ger­man Fed­eral Insti­tute for Risk Assess­ment (BfR) invite app­lic­a­tions for the pos­i­tion of a

Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor - salary grade W2 in the field of "Food Con­tact Mater­i­als".

The W2 pro­fess­or­ship at TU Ber­lin is to be fil­led in a joint appoint­ment pro­ced­ure wit­hin the frame­work of the “Ber­liner Model” and inclu­des the dual pos­i­tion as head of the unit “Safety of Food-Con­tact Mater­i­als” at BfR. The ini­tial employ­ment con­tract is lim­ited to 5 years with the option for fur­ther con­tinu­ation.

Work­ing field:

Rese­arch in the field of food con­tact mater­i­als and food safety shall invest­ig­ate pos­sib­il­it­ies for identi­fy­ing pro­cess-indu­ced tox­ic­o­lo­gic­ally rel­ev­ant chem­ical com­pounds and search for ways of min­im­iz­ing or repla­cing them dur­ing pro­duc­tion. The fol­low­ing sub­jects are of par­tic­u­lar inte­rest in terms of the inter­de­pend­ence of food and con­tact mater­i­als:

  • Migra­tion (of toxic sub­stan­ces) from food con­tact mater­i­als
  • Invest­ig­a­tions regard­ing the nano-fur­nish­ing of food con­tact mater­i­als and the release of nan­o­ma­ter­i­als
  • Invest­ig­a­tion on optim­ized food con­tact mater­ial prop­er­ties with regard to inert­ness and tox­ic­o­lo­gical safety
  • Pro­cess-indu­ced modi­fic­a­tions of food con­tact mater­i­als and their influ­ence on the way that sub­stan­ces and par­ti­cles are released
  • Mod­el­ling of migrat­ory pro­ces­ses

The BfR unit “Safety of Food-Con­tact Mater­i­als” deals with the health assess­ment of food con­tact mater­i­als. The busi­ness man­age­ment of the BfR “Kom­mis­sion für Bedarf­s­ge­gen­stände” (Com­mit­tee for Con­sumer Pro­ducts) is based at the BfR unit. At BfR, the pos­ted pos­i­tion inclu­des the fol­low­ing roles and respons­ib­il­it­ies:

  • Chair­ing the unit “Safety of Food-Con­tact Mater­i­als” at the Depart­ment for Chem­ic­als and Pro­duct Safety
  • Fur­ther­ing sci­ent­i­fic devel­op­ment in the area of chem­ic­als and pro­duct safety and main­tain­ing the set of BfR recom­mend­a­tions on food-con­tact mater­i­als
  • Respons­ib­il­ity for BfR com­mis­sion meet­ings and asso­ci­ated com­mit­tee meet­ings
  • Pro­vid­ing sci­ent­i­fic advice to the Ger­man Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and fed­eral aut­hor­it­ies as well as sup­port­ing the fed­eral sta­tes towards imple­ment­ing the Food, Com­mod­it­ies and Feed Code (LFGB)
  • Par­ti­cip­at­ing in natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch pro­jects
  • Rep­res­ent­ing the BfR on natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal com­mit­tees

At TU Ber­lin, the pos­i­tion invol­ves teach­ing respons­ib­il­it­ies of 2 hours per semes­ter (2 SWS) and requi­res suf­fi­cient lan­guage pro­fi­ciency to teach clas­ses in Ger­man and Eng­lish. The pro­fes­sor shall also offer top­ics and act as super­visor of Bach­elor, Mas­ter and Doc­toral the­ses.


Can­did­ates must ful­fill the appoint­ment require­ments for pro­fess­or­ships in accord­ance with §100 Ber­lHG (Ber­lin Hig­her Edu­ca­tion Act) [inform­a­tion sheet avail­able by request]. This inclu­des a com­ple­ted course of aca­demic stud­ies in a rel­ev­ant field, qual­i­fied achieve­ments in rese­arch (PhD), post-doc­toral lec­ture qual­i­fic­a­tion (Habil­it­a­tion) or addi­tio­nal sci­ent­i­fic achieve­ments, (doc­u­men­ted by rel­ev­ant pub­lic­a­tions in journ­als with app­rai­sal pro­ced­ures) and ped­ago­gical didac­tic qual­i­fic­a­tions (pro­ven by a teach­ing port­fo­lio. For fur­ther inform­a­tion, see the TUB web­site, quick access 144242).

Other fac­tors taken into account are an abil­ity to lead a large R&D work­ing group in the field of food-con­tact mater­i­als and pro­ven com­pet­ence in obtain­ing and coor­din­at­ing third party fund­ing.

The BfR pos­i­tion as group lea­der requi­res proof of inter­na­tio­nal coo­per­a­tion in the field of rese­arch with rel­ev­ant pub­lic­a­tions. Lead­er­ship and team­work skills, a fam­ily-fri­endly man­age­ment style, resi­li­ence and a will­ing­ness to tra­vel com­plete the pro­file. Exper­i­ence in the fol­low­ing areas is also wel­come: work­ing with inter­dis­cip­lin­ary teams, pro­mot­ing the care­ers of young schol­ars, and gen­der main­stream­ing.

How to ap­ply:

The Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin and the Ger­man Fed­eral Insti­tute for Risk Assess­ment are determ­ined to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing and there­fore strongly encour­age qual­i­fied female research­ers to apply. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored. Both insti­tu­tions appre­ci­ate the diversity of their mem­bers and pur­sue the goal of equal oppor­tun­it­ies. We wel­come applic­a­tions by per­sons of any nation­al­ity.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is a cer­ti­fied fam­ily-friendly higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion, and our Dual Career Ser­vice offers assist­ance to you and your fam­ily when relo­cat­ing to Ber­lin. Applic­a­tions from abroad are expli­citely wel­come. As a fam­ily-friendly employer, the BfR also offers part-time work­ing arrange­ments for man­age­ment pos­i­tions whenever feas­ible.

Please send your writ­ten applic­a­tion until 14th April 2020 indic­at­ing the job ref­er­ence num­ber III-524/19 and includ­ing the appro­pri­ate doc­u­ment­a­tion (CV, cer­ti­fic­ates, teach­ing port­fo­lio, list of pub­lic­a­tions and offered courses, descrip­tion of spe­cial research areas, schol­ar­ships, and a third-party fund­ing his­tory list­ing both com­pleted pro­jects and those cur­rently in the applic­a­tion pro­cess) prefer­ably by e-mail as a pdf-attach­ment to berufungen@fak3.tu-berlin.de. Altern­at­ively, applic­a­tions may be sub­mit­ted in writ­ing together with a digital ver­sion (USB drive) to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin – Der Präsid­ent –, Dekan der Fak­ultät III, Prof. Dr. Aleksander Gurlo, Sekr. H 88, Straße des 17. Juni 135, D-10623 Ber­lin. For any inquir­ies relat­ing to the applic­a­tion pro­cess please con­tact the fac­ulty admin­is­tra­tion via e-mail to berufungen@fak3.tu-berlin.de.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned.
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ID: 78589

Num. of em­ploy­ees: ca. 8300
Site: Charlottenburg, Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Type: professorship
Cat­egory (TU Ber­lin): Pro­fessor
Dur­a­tion: for 5 years with the option for fur­ther con­tinu­ation
Part-/Full-time: full-time
Start­ing date (earli­est): At the earli­est poss­ible
Remu­n­er­a­tion: Salary grade W2
Scope: en­ergy sup­ply en­gin­eer­ing
Field of stud­ies: en­ergy and pro­cess en­gin­eer­ing
Lan­guage skills: English (good knowledge of language)
Job offer is addi­tion­ally pub­lished at: academics.de inkl. zeitonline.de, academics.com

Make an Ap­plic­a­tion
Clos­ing date: 14/04/20
Re­ference num­ber: III-524/19
Con­tact per­son: Prof. Dr. Aleksander Gurlo
Con­tact phone: +49 (0)30 314-24063
By mail:
Technische Universität Berlin
- Der Präsident -
Dekan der Fakultät III, Prof. Dr. Aleksander Gurlo, Sekr. H 88, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
By e-mail: berufungen@fak3.tu-berlin.de

Applic­a­tion papers:
CV, certificates, teaching portfolio, list of publications and offered courses, description of special research areas, scholarships, and a third-party funding history listing both completed projects and those currently in the application process

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