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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Depart­ment of Polit­ical and Social Sci­ences - Otto Suhr Insti­tute of Polit­ical Sci­ence

Uni­versity Pro­fessor of Com­par­at­ive Polit­ical Sci­ence with a focus on polit­ics and soci­ety in Africa

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will cover the area named above in research and teach­ing.


Appoint­ment require­ments are gov­erned by Art­icle 100 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz – Ber­lHG).

Suc­cess­ful can­did­ates should hold a doc­toral degree or addi­tional aca­demic achieve­ments (as per Art­icle 100, para. 2 and 6 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act) in the field of polit­ical sci­ence. Applic­ants should be able to demon­strate, through peer-reviewed pub­lic­a­tions, an excel­lent inter­na­tional research record in the area of “Com­par­at­ive Polit­ical Sci­ence with a focus on polit­ics and soci­ety in Africa.” They should have inter­na­tional teach­ing exper­i­ence and be able to teach in Ger­man and Eng­lish. Exper­i­ence in acquir­ing and lead­ing extern­ally fun­ded research pro­jects is also desired. Fur­ther­more, we are espe­cially inter­ested in applic­ants with exper­i­ence in man­aging and imple­ment­ing know­ledge trans­fer activ­it­ies.

Along with the reg­u­lar offi­cial duties of pro­fess­ors lis­ted in Art­icle 99 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the fol­low­ing activ­it­ies:

The new pro­fessor will teach the rel­ev­ant mod­ules in the polit­ical sci­ence BA and MA degree pro­grams at the Otto Suhr Insti­tute. The appointee will also par­ti­cip­ate in depart­ment pro­jects related to col­lab­or­at­ive research and the Excel­lence Strategy, includ­ing, in par­tic­u­lar, the Cluster of Excel­lence “Con­test­a­tions of the Lib­eral Script (SCRIPTS).” They should also be pre­pared to fill any gaps in their know­ledge of Ger­man so that by the time of their ten­ure review they have at least C1-level (CEFR) pro­fi­ciency. The appointee is also expec­ted to deal with gender and diversity stud­ies within the scope of their research and teach­ing.

What we of­fer:

The pos­i­tion entails a five-year appoint­ment as a civil ser­vant for a fixed period (“Beamter/Beamtin auf Zeit”). The fixed- term appoint­ment is tied to the agree­ment that if the appointee suc­cess­fully passes the ten­ure review, they will be appoin­ted to a per­man­ent pro­fess­or­ship through a stream­lined appoint­ment pro­ced­ure (i.e., the per­man­ent appoint­ment will not be advert­ised as a sep­ar­ate pos­i­tion). As part of this pro­cess, per­form­ance goals will be nego­ti­ated at the time the fixed-term pro­fessor is hired. The ful­fill­ment of those goals will be assessed as part of the ten­ure review (Art­icle 102 c of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, § 102 c Ber­lHG).

The per­form­ance goals will cover (but are not lim­ited to) the fol­low­ing areas:
  • Research
  • Teach­ing
  • Pro­mot­ing early-career research­ers
  • Aca­demic com­mit­tee work
  • Lead­er­ship and man­age­ment
  • Lan­guage pro­fi­ciency

At the time of appoint­ment to the per­man­ent pro­fess­or­ship, all gen­eral reg­u­la­tions and con­di­tions regard­ing pub­lic sec­tor employ­ment must be ful­filled.

In addi­tion, any can­did­ates who com­pleted their doc­toral degree at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin and/or are employed at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin must com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions stip­u­lated by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, Art­icle102 c, para­graph 3 in con­junc­tion with para­graph 7.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should include a CV, cop­ies of all cer­ti­fic­ates of aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish; let­ters of appoint­ment (please add trans­la­tions if applic­able), a list of pub­lic­a­tions, a list of courses pre­vi­ously taught and evid­ence of teach­ing com­pet­ence. Please include inform­a­tion on involve­ment in ongo­ing and future research endeavors, joint research pro­jects, extern­ally fun­ded pro­jects and, if neces­sary, lan­guage cer­ti­fic­ates. If applic­able, please give inform­a­tion on teach­ing exper­i­ence in primary and sec­ond­ary edu­ca­tion, part­ner­ships with industry, inven­tions/pat­ents, and spin-offs.

All mater­i­als, includ­ing a per­sonal postal address and email, must be received no later than Feb­ru­ary 11th, 2021, prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally. Please indic­ate the ref­er­ence code for the pos­i­tion when you sub­mit your mater­i­als in one PDF file (max­imum 5 MB), to the fol­low­ing address:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Politik- und Sozi­al­wis­senschaften
Mrs. Mrozek
Ihnes­traße 21
14195 Ber­lin 

Applic­a­tion mater­i­als sent by mail can­not be returned.

Applic­a­tion guidelines, gen­eral inform­a­tion on the appoint­ment pro­ced­ure, appoint­ment require­ments for pro­fess­or­ships at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, and the reg­u­la­tions defined by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act which are rel­ev­ant for pro­fess­or­ships (Art­icles 99, 100, 101, 102 a,102c Ber­lHG) can be found online:

With an elec­tronic applic­a­tion, you acknow­ledge that FU Ber­lin saves and pro­cesses your data. FU Ber­lin can­not guar­an­tee the secur­ity of your per­sonal data if you send your applic­a­tion over an unen­cryp­ted con­nec­tion.

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.