W 3 Active Soft Matter

Full Professorship (W 3) for “Active Soft Matter”

The Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Freiburg invites applications for a Full Professorship (W 3) for “Active Soft Matter” at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry.

  • Application deadline: 05.04.2021
  • Publication date: 17.02.2021
  • Start-date: At the earliest possible date.
  • Fulltime position
  • Id no.: 00001451

Find the full job posting and further information, including general and legal remarks as well as the privacy statement for applications, on the website of the University of Freiburg.


The Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Freiburg together with the Cluster of Excellence "Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems" (livMatS) are seeking applications from qualified applicants for a W3 Professorship for “Active Soft Matter”. This professorship will be installed at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry and will be deeply imbedded in the DFG excellence cluster livMatS. Individuals with a strong research and scholarly background in macromolecular sciences with demonstrable expertise in soft matter (synthetic or bio-based polymer) synthesis, characterization and/or application are encouraged to apply. Research areas of interest include smart, adaptive and responsive polymer systems (for example energy activatable systems, far-from equilibrium systems, shape memory polymers, mechanosensitive hydrogels, bioinspired and biomimetic systems and others). The individual should have a strong track record in research and teaching. The professorship, as part of an excellent research environment (livMatS cluster, Freiburg Materials Research Centre (FMF), Freiburg Centre for interactive materials and bioinspired technologies (FIT)), will establish an internationally competitive research programme in the field of active soft matter with solid third-party funding and will strategically complement the research programme of the livMatS cluster. The professorship is to take on teaching responsibilities at both the B.Sc. and M.Sc. level in the field of macromolecular chemistry (including in the Master program "Sustainable Materials", profile line "Polymer Sciences") and proficiency in written and spoken German is highly desirable.

Prerequisites for the employment of Professors are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. Substantial achievements and experience in academic research and teaching, at the level of a Habilitation according to the German academic system, are expected.

The following application documents are to be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae incl. teaching experience
  • Certificates of degrees and academic qualifications
  • Complete list of papers and invited lectures specifying the 5 most important publications
  • Complete list of funding
  • Research synopsis (past, present, future)

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.


Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above and the application form citing the reference number 00001451, by 05.04.2021 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Leader of the appointments committee
Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer
Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Hebelstr. 27
D-79104 Freiburg

For further information, please contact Frau Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer on the phone number +49 761 203-5977 or E-Mail dekanat@cup.uni-freiburg.de. Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Code for Practice for professorial appointments.