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Current status of application procedure

  • Selection procedure by appointment committee
Due to success within the “Bund-Länder-Programm zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses” (german tenure track programme), the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at Bielefeld University is seeking to fill a vacancy of a

W1 Professorship with tenure track W2 for Modern German Literature with a Focus on Literary Theory/Digital Humanities

at the earliest opportunity.

The successful applicant is familiar with Modern German Literature – with a historiographical focus on one literary period between the 17th and 21st century, and a systematic focus in literary theory/digital humanities.

German Literature Studies at Bielefeld University are based on a theory driven perspective, to which the professorship is expected to contribute. The successful applicant is expected to foster the reflection on fundamental problems within literary theory as well as methods within the field of digital literature studies. Furthermore, the successful applicant is expected to contribute substantially to the historiographical profile within German Literature Studies, with a research focus one literary period between the 17th and 21st century.

Both foci will have to be taught across the various curricula offered within German Studies.

German Literature Studies at Bielefeld University aim at the creation of a sustainable interdisciplinary research network with neighboring faculties focusing on humanities, cultural and social studies. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to this network by constructive and engaged, theory-driven collaborations within and beyond our faculty. A documented experience in the acquisition of research grants would be preferable.

Preconditions for the professorship are a university degree in a relevant field, pedagogical aptitude, a doctorate, and further academic achievements. These will be evaluated exclusively and comprehensively in the appointment procedure (§ 36 Higher Education Act [HG]).

The position is initially limited to 3 years and will be extended for 3 years after positive intermediate evaluation. A permanent W2 professorship will be awarded after final positive evaluation. Evaluations are regulated according to the statute for tenure track W1 professorships.

W1 tenure tracks are a firmly established equal-opportunity employment variant at Bielefeld University. Tenure track professors are offered a target-group-specific personnel development program providing support when first coming to Bielefeld, in preparing for the interim evaluation, in preparing for the tenure evaluation, and in organizing – after a positive evaluation – the transitional phase to a W2 professorship.

Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family-friendly university. The university welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and Craft. Applications are handled according to the state's equal opportunity statutes.

Please direct any queries to Prof. Dr. Kai Kauffmann ( kai.kauffmann@uni-bielefeld.de).

Applications must include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page concept of research and teaching, list of publications with up to 10 of the most important highlighted, copies of diplomas, list of courses and lectures given.

Please send applications electronically as a single PDF-document) until September 30, 2019 to:
Bielefeld University
Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies
Postfach 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld


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