The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Germany. With its six Faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines and its internationally outstanding research profile areas, it enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic achievements and high standards of undergraduate and graduate education. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences comprises six departments with about 180 professorships and 9,000 students and is one of the largest faculties in the country.


As future holder of the professorship, you represent the field of Chemistry Education in research and teaching. Your focus in research is on current issues of Chemistry Education, complementing the existing research focus of the institute, and contributing to professionalism of teacher education.

You will be actively involved in joint research of the Departments of Mathematics and Natural Science Education, the Departments of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences as well as other Faculties doing teacher education. Your teaching includes subject-specific as well as didactic education of pre-service teachers including degree programs for teaching elementary schools, secondary and comprehensive schools as well as the Special Education teaching program. Additionally, your teaching includes the PCK professionalization of pre-service teachers preparing for teaching chemistry at grammar schools and vocational colleges. Further tasks include the acquisition of third-party funds and participation in the self-administration of the university.


You are a specialist in Chemistry Education, who has a scientific track record as well as experience in research and teaching at university level in the field of Chemistry Education. Additionally, you should have several years’ experience in professional teaching at schools. Experience in interdisciplinary research in other fields of educational studies, pedagogy/psychology and/or chemistry as well as existing national and international cooperation is desirable.


The University of Cologne provides a stimulating academic environment with a wide range of career development opportunities as well as support services for dual career couples and family-friendly working conditions. The position is available at the earliest possible date. Formal requirements are detailed in Section 36 of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschulgesetz – HG NRW). As a rule, the teaching load comprises nine semester hours per week (i.e., two hours per week is one 90-minute course per semester). The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.

Please submit your application including CV, research and teaching concept, overview of third party funds, list of publications and teaching experience, results of course evaluation (if available), certificates of academic qualifications via the University of Cologne’s Academic Job Portal ( by October 31, 2022. Your application should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.