University of Bern: Professor of Soil Science

University of Bern: Professor of Soil Science


The Institute of Geography ( at the Faculty of Science of the University of Bern invites applications for the position of


Professor of Soil Science

(open rank from assistant to full professor level commensurate with achievements)


The Institute of Geography has eight full professors (chairs) and several associated and assistant professors. It hosts a large number of master and PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. The Institute of Geography has an excellent reputation for teaching as well as for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in Physical Geography, Human Geography, and Integrative Geography.

The successful candidate is expected to teach the entire disciplinary range of Soil Science at the undergraduate and graduate level (including field and laboratory courses and excursions). The research could be focused on matter fluxes/soil biogeochemistry. It can make use of the existing laboratory facilities and use modern analytical field and laboratory methods, including trace and stable isotope analytics, to investigate the consequences of environmental change, particularly climate change, on element cycles in soils and ecosystems as well as soil services. The professorship contributes to the geography of global change and also offers a link to applied research (e.g., in the field of soil protection) and to other working groups at the Institute of Geography that are dealing with sustainability, natural resource management or regional development. Teaching will be at the PhD, Master’s, and Bachelor’s levels (including field courses and excursions).

Open rank calls for a professorship offer the possibility of adapting the offer to a suitable candidate’s past achievements and expected future competences. The position may rank from tenure track assistant professor to full professor (Extraordinariat or Ordinariat).

The application should include a letter of motivation, a CV with a short research plan for the next 5 years, a list of publications, funding history, a list of previous teaching activities, and the names and contact information for three references as a single PDF file. Applications from women are strongly encouraged. The starting date for the position is 1 February 2015.

Applications should be submitted by 29 August 2014 as one PDF file to, and should be addressed to the Faculty of Science, University of Bern, Prof. Gilberto Colangelo, Dean, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern, Switzerland.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to: Prof. Brönnimann, phone: +41 31 631 88 85,