I will soon be accepting an offered professorship at a university that is a little further away from where I live.
Now I have received the invitation to an audition (lecture + interview) for a professorship at the local university ("Probevorlesung" as it is called here in Germany). Actually, I don't really want that specific professorship at the local university, but I also don't want to mess with the local university because it is a potential employer for me. I would not rule out changing universities in a few years if the opportunity of a more suitable professorship at the local university arises.
Problem is: Rumors said that candidates who turn down invitations are never invited again.
Is there any way for me to appropriately decline the invitation without burning bridges?