Offer 15 out of 100 from 18/01/22, 00:00


Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Department of Political and Social Sciences - Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

University Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Salary grade: W3 or equivalent
Reference code: W3 SKA

Working field:

The successful applicant will cover research and teaching in the field of social and cultural anthropology.


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

Successful candidates will hold an outstanding doctoral degree and additional academic qualifications and achievements (as defined under Sections 100.2 and 100.6 of the Berlin Higher Education Act) in the field of social and cultural anthropology/ethnology. They will have a compelling track record of research in the field of psychological anthropology as well as in at least one of the following areas: decolonial/postcolonial anthropology, anthropology of social relations, urban anthropology; expertise in ethnographic approaches (as demonstrated through long-term field research), preferably in an Asian context or within the Asian diaspora or a regional context that complements the specialist areas of the institute. The applicant should have excellent knowledge of at least one language that is specific to the selected research area. They should also be able to demonstrate exceptional research work through peer-reviewed publications, and have experience in acquiring and leading externally funded research projects. The candidate should be able to demonstrate a record of successful, international teaching at the university level, and be able to teach in German and English. They should have prior experience in management roles and in leading (collaborative) research projects and/or degree programs. Furthermore, we are especially interested in applicants who have experience in supervising and implementing knowledge transfer activities.

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

The new professor will be responsible for the development of the field of psychological anthropology and other subject areas at the university through their research and teaching. They will participate in current and future collaborative projects established within the institute and department, for example, in the CRC 1171 “Affective Societies: Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds” and/or the graduate programs “Muslim Cultures and Societies” and “East Asian Studies.” They will expand international research cooperations, especially with institutions in the research contexts directly related to the professor’s area of specialization. The new professor will also be expected to address gender and diversity issues in their research and teaching.

How to apply:

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

Please submit all application materials electronically as one PDF file (maximum 5 MB) by February 3rd, 2022. Be sure to include a personal postal address and email, as well as the reference code for the position. For formal purposes, (i.e., for formatting application documents), you may use the following postal address, but please send your application to the e-mail address below:

Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Dean’s Office
Attn: Ms. Mrozek
Ihnestraße 21
14195 Berlin


Application materials sent by mail cannot be returned. Application documents submitted electronically will be deleted from our servers after the legal retention period has lapsed.

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 that are relevant to professorships (Sections 99, 100, 101, 102a, 102c BerlHG) can be found online:

This call for applications is open to candidates of all genders.

On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

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Freie Universität Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.