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W3 Professorship for Electrobiotechnologyology

Organizational unit

Bereich I - Biologie, Chemie und Verfahrenstechnik

Job description

The tasks of the professorship will include research, teaching, and innovation in the field of electrobiotechnology and related fields in bioprocess engineering.

Research is expected to concentrate on the analysis and processing of various biological systems. In particular, research is to be expected on the use of alternative forms of energy. The full potential of electrochemistry, electrobiosynthesis, and photo energy still remains to be exhausted for a more efficient utilization of microorganisms and their metabolism. In addition, electrochemical processes represent promising approaches towards sustainable and energy-efficient separation processes in biotechnology. A potential application might be the use of (regenerative) energy to produce high-quality synthesis components up to lipids, proteins and enzymes. Potential applications are a. o. basic and fine chemicals, food, biopharmaceuticals and the sustainable use of CO2. In this context, the development of innovative reactor concepts and of modern process design and process control methods will be of crucial importance. For this purpose, a quantitative analysis and evaluation of the processes as well as consideration of the aspects of energy and raw material sources will be desired as well as indispensable aspects of energy and material sources, productivity along the value-added chain, and waste management have to be considered. For this, advancements in process analysis, modelling, data management, and digitization in biotechnology research and industrial application will be indispensable.

The professor will be obliged to teach German and English courses for the bachelor’s and master’s programs of the KIT Departments of Chemical and Process Engineering and of Chemistry and Biosciences. The professor is expected to take part in undergraduate education in the bachelor’s and master’s programs Bioengineering as well as Biology by giving lectures in the modules “Biologie im Ingenieurwesen” (biology for engineers) and taking over the lecture on “Enzymtechnik” (enzyme technology). The professor is also expected to organize practical courses and to teach in the specialization subject “Biotechnologie” (biotechnology) and master electives.

The professorship will be associated via a membership of the cooperative management board of KIT’s Institute of Process Engineering in Life Sciences (BLT).

Starting date


Personal qualification

Applicants are expected to have comprehensive experience in the areas mentioned and to have made excellent scientific achievements of high international visibility. Moreover, applicants should have leadership experience, be able to work in a team, and to have the qualification to carry out the teaching activities above. Applicants are expected to cooperate across disciplines at KIT and to actively acquire public and private third-party funding.

Employment conditions as outlined in Article 47, “Landeshochschulgesetz” (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) in conjunction with Article 20 of the KIT Act in the version applicable until the legal validity of the 2. KIT-Weiterentwicklungsgesetz (2nd KIT Further Development Act) shall apply.

Contract duration


Application up to

August 31st, 2021

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Professor Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Hubbuch, phone: +49 721 608-42557, e-mail:


Applications, including CV, research and teaching concept, and a list of publications and acquired projects funded by third parties, must be sent in electronic form to: Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki, Head of Division I – Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), c/o Dean’s Office of the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Kaiserstr. 12, D-76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, e-mail:

As KIT wishes to increase the number of female professors, applications from qualified women are particularly encouraged.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

KIT is certified as a family-friendly university and offers part-time employment, leave for family reasons, a dual career service, and accompanying coaching to enhance the compatibility of job and family.

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