Director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) combined with a Professorship for Regional Geography at Leipzig University

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig

The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) and the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences at Leipzig University are seeking from 1 April 2024 to fill the position of a

Director (w/m/d)

(successor to Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz) combined with a

W3 professorship for Regional Geography

to be filled within the framework of a joint appointment procedure.

The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) analyses social processes from a geographical perspective. It is the only non-university research institution for geography in the German-speaking world. The IfL aims to initiate international professional debates through groundbreaking theoretical and methodological stimuli and to make its research results accessible to society. It places particular emphasis on the innovative further development of its research topics in co-operation with its research infrastructures, such as the Cartography Working Group, the Geographical Central Library and important scientific collections in the Archive for Geography. As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Institute is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and its states and is mandated to provide excellent research and transfer of knowledge.

The director steers the IfL in terms of its content, programming and structure in collegial co-operation with the management staff. As a member of the Executive Board, he/she is legally responsible for the management and external representation of the Institute. The director makes an internationally visible contribution to content-related, methodological and conceptual debates in human geography. He or she represents the research of the IfL internally and externally, especially at the interface of science, the public and politics. The professor represents the subject area of regional geography at the university to the extent of 2 SWS in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programme.

We are looking for an internationally recognised personality with a very good network in human geography, who is very familiar with the German and international science system and has extraordinary innovative potential in the development and establishment of new research fields. Co-operation with the University of Leipzig includes Collaborative Research Centres and Excellence Initiatives. In addition, active participation in shaping existing and future research networks in Central Germany and the Leibniz Association is expected.

We are looking for a personality who meets the following requirements for these activities:

  • the requirements for the appointment according to § 58 SächsHSFG
  • completed doctorate as well as habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements in human geography
  • significant contributions to national and international debates in human geography and comprehensive knowledge and experience in at least one of the IfL’s main research areas
  • Personal verifiable competence and experience in the management of research units or research networks, as well as a high degree of interpersonal/conflict- and problem-solving skills and experience in the management of scientific and non-scientific personnel
  • excellent networking in the national and international professional community
  • experience in strategic planning, the acquisition and implementation of national and international collaborative projects, science management and transfer
  • fluent in business German and English


  • regional relevance of your own research to Europe, if applicable, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe
  • knowledge of another European language
  • experience in setting up and operating research infrastructures

The IfL pursues the goals of promoting the diversity of its employees and the professional equality of all genders. The IfL offers a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours to reconcile work and family life. The University of Leipzig and the IfL want to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and strongly encourage qualified female academics to apply. We value diversity and, therefore, welcome all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, social origin, religion or age. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualifications are given priority.

Please send your informative application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, incl. functions in professional associations and journals, copies of relevant certificates and diplomas, list of publications, statement of university teaching experience and third-party funding acquired) as well as an outline of future research and development perspectives for the IfL (for approx. 10 years; on up to 5 pages) to the University of Leipzig by e-mail in a PDF document, quoting the keyword “W3-UL-IfL” to: dekan@physik.uni-leipzig.de

By submitting your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of the application procedure.  

Contact person: Dr. Jana Moser (E-Mail: j_moser(at)leibniz-ifl.de) and Dr. Thilo Lang (t_lang(at)leibniz-ifl.de).       

Application deadline: 23 September 2022

Information about data protection in connection with the processing of personal data as required under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Applicants are hereby informed about the processing of their personal data.


The controllers responsible for data protection within the meaning of the GDPR are

Leipzig University

Fakultät für Physik und Geowissenschaften

Linnéstr. 5

04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32400

Email: dekan(at)physik.uni-leipzig.de

Website: www.uni-leipzig.de


Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL)

Schongauerstr. 9

04328 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 341 600 55-116

E-Mail: b_kirchner(at)leibniz-ifl.de

Webseite: https://leibniz-ifl.de/

Contact details of the data protection officer:

Data protection officer

Augustusplatz 10

04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-30081

Email: dsb(at)uni-leipzig.de


Data protection officer IfL

Schongauerstr. 9

04328 Leipzig

E-Mail: p_kraus(at)leibniz-ifl.de

Purpose and legal basis of the processing of personal data:

Any data you provide us with in connection with your application will be processed only for the purposes of this selection process and, where appropriate, in preparation for your employment. The legal basis of the processing of your personal data for appointing civil servants/for employment-related purposes is Art. 6(1) Sentence 1(e) in conjunction with (3), Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Sect. 111(6) of the Saxon Civil Servants Act (SächsBG) in conjunction with Sect. 4(1) Sentence 1 of the Saxon Data Protection Act (SächsDSG), and Sect. 26 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). Insofar as you provide special categories of personal data during the application procedure within the meaning of Art. 9(1) GDPR (e.g. data concerning health, such as severely disabled status), that data will be processed so that you can exercise your rights in the field of employment and social security and social protection law and so that the controllers can carry out their obligations in this regard under employment and social welfare law (Art. 9(2)(b) GDPR).

Disclosure to third parties:

Your application documents will be sent to the members of the appointments committee, which is made up of representatives of the University of Leipzig and the IfL, the equal opportunities officers involved, the representative for severely disabled people who may be involved, the appointments officer, external experts, the rectorate, the faculty and university administration , the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism as well as representatives of the IfL.

Personal data storage period:

The duration of the storage of personal data is governed by Sect. 11(4) of the Saxon Data Protection Implementation Act (SächsDSDG). This stipulates that data collected prior to the commencement of a service or employment relationship must be erased without undue delay as soon as it is established that a service or employment relationship will not be established. This does not apply if there is reason to believe that the erasure would harm the legitimate interests of the data subject.

If your application is successful, your documents will be added to your personnel file.

Your rights:

You have the following rights vis-à-vis the controller with regard to your personal data:

  • Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR)
  • Right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR)
  • Right to erasure (Art. 17 GDPR)
  • Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR)
  • Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR)
  • Right to object to data processing, where the data is collected based on Article 6(1) Sentence 1(e) or (f) (Art. 21 GDPR)
  • Right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority (Saxon Commissioner for Data Protection, Bernhard-von-Lindenau-Platz 5, 01067 Dresden) (Art. 77 GDPR)

Shared Responsibility:

The University of Leipzig and the IfL have regulated their obligations under Art. 26 GDPR and their other data protection obligations in a written agreement. Even if there is joint responsibility, both parties must fulfill the data protection obligations for the process steps in the selection process that take place in their area of responsibility. Rights of data subjects can be asserted both at the University of Leipzig and at the IfL. The parties shall inform each other immediately of any legal positions asserted by those affected. They provide each other with all the information necessary to respond to requests for information.

Obligation to provide data:

The provision of personal data is necessary to ensure the legality of the planned selection process. Failure to include relevant personal data in the application documents may result in your application not being considered for the post. Leipzig University’s legal requirements during the selection process result in particular from Art. 33(2) of the Basic Law (GG), the Constitution of the Free State of Saxony (SächsVerf), the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG), the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG), and budgetary law.