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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Depart­ment of Philo­sophy and Human­it­ies - Insti­tute for Eng­lish Lan­guage and Lit­er­at­ure

Pro­fess­or­ship in Eng­lish Philo­logy / Lin­guist­ics with the focus Soci­o­lin­guist­ics

salary grade: W 2 (5 years)
ref­er­ence code: PhilG_Sozi­o­lin­guistik

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate applic­ant will cover the area named above in research and teach­ing. The pro­fess­or­ship will com­ple­ment lin­guist­ics at the Insti­tute for Eng­lish Lan­guage and Lit­er­at­ure and has a spe­cial soci­o­lin­guistic focus which con­trib­utes both to the study pro­grammes of the Insti­tute for Eng­lish Lan­guage and Lit­er­at­ure and to the bach­elor’s pro­gramme Lan­guage and Soci­ety.

Apart from the offi­cial duties in accord­ance with Art­icle 99 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the fol­low­ing activ­it­ies:

We expect the new pro­fessor to cover the above-men­tioned teach­ing and research focus and to con­trib­ute to the gen­eral teach­ing of both the Eng­lish and the lin­guist­ics study pro­grams at the depart­ment, includ­ing teacher train­ing.


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

Suc­cess­ful can­did­ates will have exper­i­ence with qual­it­at­ive and quant­it­at­ive meth­ods of soci­o­lin­guist­ics. They should also have expert­ise in at least one of the fol­low­ing areas:

  • dis­course ana­lysis / con­ver­sa­tion ana­lysis / inter­ac­tional soci­o­lin­guist­ics
  • mul­ti­lin­gual­ism
  • lan­guage ideo­logy
  • lan­guage and diversity
  • lan­guage and gender
  • lan­guage and glob­al­iz­a­tion.

We are look­ing for someone with inter­na­tional teach­ing exper­i­ence and an excel­lent track record of research activ­it­ies as well as with exper­i­ence in acquir­ing and con­duct­ing extern­ally fun­ded research pro­jects.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should include a CV, cop­ies of all cer­ti­fic­ates of aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish; if applic­able the let­ter of appoint­ment (please add trans­la­tions if needed), a list of pub­lic­a­tions, a list of courses pre­vi­ously taught, and evid­ence of teach­ing com­pet­ence. Fur­ther­more, please include inform­a­tion on involve­ment in ongo­ing and future research endeav­ours, joint research pro­jects and extern­ally fun­ded pro­jects, and if neces­sary lan­guage cer­ti­fic­ates. If applic­able for the respect­ive con­tent area, please give inform­a­tion on indus­trial cooper­a­tion, inven­tions/pat­ents and spin-offs.

All mater­i­als includ­ing a private postal and an email address must be received prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally in one PDF file (max­imum 5 MB), quot­ing the ref­er­ence code no later than Novem­ber 21st, 2019 at

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Depart­ment of Philo­sophy and Human­it­ies
Dean’s Office
c/o Frau Hehn
Habelschwer­dter Allee 45
14195 Ber­lin


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