Assistant Professorship W2 Tenure Track for Circularity in Civil and Environmental Engineering


As one of the major technical universities in Germany, Technical University of Darmstadt is dedicated to questions of circular economy, circularity and sustainability in the built environment at a scientific level. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses on the planning, design, construction, use and deconstruction of buildings and infrastructures as well as on the related resource management and environmental impacts and is currently intensifying its research and teaching activities in this field. 

In this context, the department has a vacancy for the winter semester 2024/25 as 

Assistant Professorship W2 Tenure Track for Circularity in Civil and Environmental Engineering 

initially for a period of 6 years. 

We are looking for person who will develop and represent Circularity in Civil and Environmental Engineering in research and teaching. The new professorship will research methods and technologies to enable objective, data-based decisions in procurement, construction, use, and reuse. 

Circularity in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as defined in this call for applications, follows the approach of evaluation the entire life cycle of a product, structure or system based on defined criteria and optimizing it with the goal of a circular economy. This involves both the design/construction of new products/structures in the context of civil and environmental engineering, as well as minimizing waste, maximizing reuse and recycling, or the use of renewable resources during and after use. Under the aspect of sustainability, the professorship shall scientifically deal with assessment approaches and methods concerning the interaction between product/structure and environment. These topics are to be developed into attractive interfaces both within the department and for cooperation with other departments. 

We are looking for an up-and-coming scientific talent with an excellent scientific profile, documented by an outstanding engineering doctorate and relevant publications in professional journals. Particularly desired are candidates with potential for connection to engineering fields and issues in the department, as evidenced e.g. by joint publications with (international) colleagues or successful collaborative projects and with experience in the acquisition of third-party funding or links to practice. As part of the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main metropolitan region, TU Darmstadt and its surroundings are characterized by a living internationality. The core element of this is a cosmopolitan climate with functional multilingualism at our university. Therefore, very good English and - after three years at the latest - good German language skills are expected. 

The professorship is intended to establish the newly created area of Circularity in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a link between disciplines in civil and environmental engineering sciences and to represent this area in research and teaching. 

Applicants are identified in several of the following subject areas: 

Development of engineering methods and approaches for sustainability assessment and evaluation of planning and development processes.
Implementation of Attributional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Consequential LCA, scenario analysis and upscaling of ecological assessments, and assessment of resource criticality.
Concepts for data collection and concepts for data collection and data use for sustainability assessments ("FAIR data principles" in LCA applications) Development of evaluation criteria for the environmental impact in LCA, especially for new components (products, building materials, etc.) or for new use cases as an interface to other professorships at the faculty / TU Darmstadt. 

The research of the professorship should take on a linking function between the civil and environmental engineering sciences in order to further advance interdisciplinary topics and to consolidate them in the department or to open up new research areas for the entire TU Darmstadt. An excellent scientific curriculum vitae is expected, which already shows first achievements and clearly demonstrates the applicant's development potential. A willingness to participate in academic self-governance is required. A written teaching and research concept must be submitted; it should also address cooperation intentions in the department and at the university. 

The assistant professorship is designated as a qualification professorship according to § 70 HessHG. Accordingly, the duration of the scientific activity during and after the doctorate should generally not exceed nine years or the activity after the doctorate should not exceed four years. This maximum duration may be extended if necessary in the case of children under the legal requirements of § 70 HessHG. Furthermore, applicants should have completed their doctorate at a university other than the TU Darmstadt or have worked scientifically outside of TU Darmstadt for at least two years after completing their doctorate. 

The assistant professorship is initially limited to six years. Research and teaching performance during this time will be considered in the tenure review process, which may be initiated one and a half years before the end of the assistant professorship. Upon successful completion of the tenure review, the position immediate becomes a tenured W2 professorship. For further information, please see the tenure guidelines of TU Darmstadt. Remuneration follows the German W-Besoldung at level W2 Hessisches Besoldungsgesetz. A comparable employment relationship is possible. 

Technical University of Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equalqualifications, applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Technical University of Darmstadt is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program. 

Applications are to be sent to the Dean of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of TU Darmstadt with the usual documents, in particular curriculum vitae, list of publications, overview of previous teaching activities (if applicable, teaching evaluations), description of scientific activities, a teaching and research concept as well as copies of the relevant certificates and documents in electronic form as a single pdf file, quoting the identification number below:

If you have any questions in advance, please contact Prof. Dr. Susanne Lackner ( 

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Published on November 13, 2023 

Application deadline January 08, 2024 

TU Darmstadt

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Deadline: 2024-01-08
Location: Germany, Darmstadt
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