Professor Theoretical Planetology

The Space Research and Planetology Division within the Physics Institute of the University of Bern has an opening, as per 1 January 2022, for a full or associate professor (100%) in the field of Theoretical Planetology.

The University of Bern hosts one of the leading research groups in Europe in the field of theoretical planetology and is looking for a candidate at the level of full professor or associate professor (according to qualifications) in numerical modelling of the formation and evolution of planetary systems or a related field. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong research group that will complement existing research activities both at the University and within the Swiss and international landscapes. He/she will also teach at BSc. and MSc. level, including lecturing basic physics courses in German. Non-German speakers will be given the necessary time to become competent in the language. The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant division and institute interacting in research, education, and administration as a member of the physics faculty. We expect a strong academic record including successful acquisition of third-party funds and a strong international network in research, as well as excellent social skills.

The University of Bern aims to increase the proportion of women in academic positions and therefore strongly encourages female scientists to apply. Applications proposing job sharing will also be considered.

Remuneration is in accordance with the personnel regulations of the Canton of Bern.

Applications should include
• Letter of motivation with Curriculum Vitae
• List of publications and courses taught
• List of third-party funds raised
• Information on further academic (including science management) activities
• Research plan for the first 5 years
The application documents must be submitted by 01.10.2020 electronically in a single PDF file (<10 MB) to the Dean's Office (email:, Universität Bern, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern, SWITZERLAND and submit the completed online questionnaire (link to be found at here).
The contact person for additional information is Prof. Nicolas Thomas, Director of the Physics Institute, (

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