Professorial Positions

Junior professorship (W1) "Sustainability Science and Psychology"

2019-07-11 The Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University of Lüneburg invites applications for the following junior professorship:

Sustainability Science and Psychology (W1)

For this position, we are seeking a committed early stage researcher who shows promise of excellence in teaching and research as well as unique ideas to impact their field and society. Women are especially invited to apply.

You contribute to the continuous quality improvement of bachelor and master study programmes of the faculty of sustainability. This entails active engagement in teaching and supervision of Bachelor and Master Theses. You have a talent for cooperating with actors within and outside academia, and are strongly committed to interdisciplinary dialogue. Creating your own research profile which contributes to and complements existing research and innovativly connects sustainability science with psychology.

As a Juniorprofessor you contribute to theory-based research of societal transformation with an understanding of individual drivers and barriers that enable a transformation towards sustainability. You focus on the scale of individual behavior or on the aggregate scale of organizations and how they behave and affect sustainable development, and you also take into account interactions between these scales. You engage in solution-oriented (potentially transformative) sustainability research that builds on a robust disciplinary foundation, actively creates links to other disciplines, and integrates expertise of actors from outside academia. While much psychological research uses quantitative methods, we also welcome applicants with experience in qualitative or mixed methods approaches.

Formal requirements are a university degree in an area relevant to the open position as junior professor (according to § 30 Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz (NHG)):

  • a university degree in an area relevant to the position such as sustainability science, behavioral science, communication, psychology
  • your aptitude for teaching
  • your ability to engage in independent academic research as demonstrated by the outstanding quality of your dissertation in the field of sustainability science with focus on psychology or other relevant topics related to the open position.

The junior professorship will be filled in accordance with pay grade W1 and is initially limited to a period of three years. The position may be extended for an additional three years, subject to the availability of funds and a positive academic evaluation (in accordance with the guidelines for the mid-term evaluation of junior professors of Leuphana University of Lüneburg).

At Leuphana you will find an academic community that is open many different perspectives and cultivates dialogue among different disciplines as well as between research and practice. With spirit and initiative, we address the challenges facing civil society in the 21st century. Pursuing our idea of liberal education, our students are enabled to think, question and act upon it. Our professors foster the awareness of gender and diversity aspects in teaching as well as research.

For further information, please contact the dean of the faculty, Prof. Dr. Henrik von Wehrden ( or Prof. Dr. Matthias Barth (

Leuphana University is an equal opportunities employer.

Please submit your application consisting of the following materials in two separate PDF files: a) motivation letter, CV, copies of academic degrees and b) three relevant publications.

Applications should be sent preferably by email to or to the President of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Post Box 2440, Lüneburg D-21314 by September 8, 2019. Please be aware that we cannot return application documents sent physically. By submitting your application, you consent to your data being stored and processed for the purpose of the recruitment process.

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