Open Positions

Scientific Director (m/f/d) / Full Professor (W3) of Biological Systematics

At the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History the position of the

Scientific Director (m/f/d)

is to be filled at the earliest possible date.

At the same time, the University of Hohenheim’s Faculty of Natural Sciences invites applications for the position of a

Full Professor (W3) of Biological Systematics

at the Institute of Biology to be filled at the earliest possible date.

The Stuttgart Museum of Natural History and the University of Hohenheim are holding a joint procedure for the appointment according to the Jülich model. Appointment to the professorship at the University involves an immediate leave of absence to perform duties at the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History, where the tasks will predominantly be carried out. The appointment as Director of the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History will take place concurrently with the awarding of the professorship.

The modalities of the working arrangements for both functions shall be mutually agreed among the parties involved. The appointment requirements for the professorship at the University of Hohenheim are based on Sec. 47 State Higher Education Act (LHG) of the state of Baden-Württemberg. At the University, a teaching obligation of two contact hours per week is required for the duration the position of Director is held.

The Stuttgart Museum of Natural History is the largest natural history museum in the state of Baden- Württemberg.  With  its  collections  of  nearly  12  million  objects  (botany,  zoology, paleontology)  and  its scientific expertise and research achievements, it is one of the most important natural history research museums in Germany. The museum is run as a state entity in accordance with Sec. 26 of the State Budget Regulations  (LHO)  and  is  managed  by  a  board  of  directors  consisting  of  a  scientific  director  and  a commercial director. The state of Baden-Württemberg, represented by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts (MWK), is responsible for the museum. The museum has placed a high priority on being accepted into the Leibniz Association.

The University of Hohenheim’s Institute of Biology excels in high-level basic research in organismic biology, among other areas. Together, the two institutions provide an active and strong research environment for studies in systematics, biodiversity, and evolution and have a long-standing history of close cooperation in research  and  teaching.  The  two  institutions  are  jointly responsible  for  the  Competence  Center  for Biodiversity and Integrative Taxonomy (KomBioTa) funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

We are looking for a confident and dedicated person (m/f/d) with great expertise, strong management and leadership skills, excellent communication skills, high resilience, and broad networks in the museum and university environment.

We expect a university degree with a doctorate and habilitation-equivalent work as well as management, subject-area, and project experience in a museum environment. Excellent skills in science management, especially at research museums, are a basic requirement, as is the ability to transfer scientific knowledge to the public while taking museum aspects into account. The strategic further development of the museum is a prerequisite, especially with regard to the digital transformation and cooperative partnerships with university partners. A cooperative and integrating management style is also required. Other requirements include experience für collection based research and in third party funding acquisition.

The position is not a civil servant position and is remunerated outside of the state collective bargaining agreement, oriented on the civil servant pay grade B3.

With equal qualifications, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities.

The Stuttgart Museum of Natural History and the University of Hohenheim seek to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourage female scientists to apply.

Please attach the following documents to your application: Letter of motivation, plan for the further development of the museum and the cooperation with the University of Hohenheim, a statement of your research interests, a curriculum vitae, transcripts of records and degree certificates, a list of publications, a list of third-party funded projects, a teaching record, information on teaching evaluations (if available) as well as three key publications.

Please apply online at portal by 20th June, 2021. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Undersecretary Dr. Claudia Rose ( and the Chair of the Appointment Committee, Professor Dr. Uwe Beifuss (