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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 Sociology invites applications for either a

W1 professorship with tenure track to W3 or a W2 temporary professorship with tenure track to W3 for Historical Sociology.

With its research in historical sociology, the professorship will contribute to broadening the already well-established historically-oriented research at the Faculty of Sociology and expand the scope of its unit ‘sociological theory/general sociology’. Moreover, the professorship will add to the thematic focus area ‘world society research’ and will closely work together with historical projects (currently in particular the CRC1288 ‘Practices of Comparing’ and Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology/BGHS) at Bielefeld University. An active participation in existing joint research projects at the Faculty of Sociology (e.g., Research Training Group World Politics) and Bielefeld University in general is expected.

The research profile and publications of the applicant(s) demonstrate work in historical sociology, in historically informed theory- and concept formation, as well as work on an empirical research topic.

The professorship will provide teaching in all BA and MA study programs of the Faculty of Sociology as well as in the framework of doctoral training (BGHS).  

Requirements according to § 36 HG NRW are a university degree in a pertinent subject, pedagogical qualification, doctoral degree and additional achievements in scientific research, which will be exclusively and extensively evaluated in the recruitment procedure (§ 36 HG).

In the case of an appointment to a W1 professorship, the post is limited to a period of three years with a further three-year option depending on a positive interim evaluation. A positive tenure evaluation in the final year will then lead to a W3 professorship. The W2 appointment is limited to five years with a target agreement being formulated after the appointment. A positive evaluation in the final year will then lead to a W3 professorship. The interim/tenure evaluations are regulated in the statutes for W1 professorships with tenure track/W2 professorships with tenure track.

W1/W2 tenure tracks are a firmly established equal-opportunity employment variant at Bielefeld University. Tenure track professors are offered a target-group-specific personnel development programme 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 W3 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.

Applications including the usual documents (CV, list of publications with the ten most important highlighted, 2-page research and teaching concept, list of teaching activities, copies of academic certifications) are to be sent as a pdf document (one file) by September 18, 2019 to:  


or via postal mail to:

Bielefeld University
Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Sociology
Postfach 10 01 31
D–33501 Bielefeld

Please do not send application portfolios and submit photocopies only (no original documents) as all application papers will be destroyed after the selection procedure!

Please note that risks to confidentiality and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be ruled out when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. Information on the processing of personal data can be found at: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/2019_DS-Hinweise_englisch.pdf