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Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­si­tät zu Ber­lin - Fac­ulty of Arts and Human­it­ies, Depart­ment of Lib­rary and Inform­a­tion Sci­ence

Full Pro­fess­or­ship for ‘Sci­ence Stud­ies with focus on eval­u­ation research’ (W2)

Work­ing field:

The Fac­ulty of Arts and Human­it­ies, Depart­ment of Lib­rary and Inform­a­tion Sci­ence, invites applic­a­tions for a Full Pro­fess­or­ship for ‘Sci­ence Stud­ies with focus on eval­u­ation research’ (W2) from as soon as pos­sible and lim­ited for 5 years. This is a W3 ten­ure track pos­i­tion. In order to verify whether the indi­vidual per­form­ance meets the require­ments of a per­man­ent employ­ment, an eval­u­ation pro­cess will be opened not later than four years of ser­vice. The pro­fess­or­ship will be fun­ded by the „Bund-Länder-Pro­gramm zur För­der­ung des wis­senschaft­lichen Nachwuchses“.The aim of the pro­gramme is to pave the way for a secure career in aca­demia for early stage research­ers. Ten­ure track pro­fess­ors at the HU Ber­lin are expec­ted to carry out research and teach, as well as be act­ive on vari­ous uni­versity com­mit­tees and acquire lead­er­ship and man­age­ment skills. The con­crete require­ments out of the frame­work cata­logue [] will be spe­cified in the course of the appoint­ment pro­cess.

Sci­ence Stud­ies is viewed from a broad per­spect­ive for this pro­fess­or­ship. Both the­or­et­ical work such as on empir­ical research meth­ods as well as inter­dis­cip­lin­ary trends in the research area shall be con­sidered. Qual­i­fied applic­ants demon­strate innov­at­ive research par­tic­u­larly in Sci­ence Stud­ies, Lib­rary and Inform­a­tion Sci­ence or related dis­cip­lines.
Focused research areas should be one or more of the fol­low­ing:
  • Meth­ods and devel­op­ment of indic­at­ors (e.g. sci­en­to­met­ric, bib­li­o­met­rics, Alt­met­rics, data min­ing)
  • Open sci­ence / cit­izen sci­ence
  • Research sup­port and fund­ing
  • Mon­it­or­ing sys­tems / assess­ment / peer review
  • Young research­ers / schol­ars
  • Research qual­ity (research integ­rity / mis­con­duct / qual­ity stand­ards)
  • Innov­a­tion research
  • Trans­la­tion / know­ledge trans­fer
  • Research inform­a­tion sys­tems
  • Social­iz­a­tion of research, sci­ence and schol­ar­ship

The pro­fessor will teach in the Mas­ter pro­gram Wis­senschafts­forschung (cur­rently based at the Depart­ment of Social Sci­ences of HU Ber­lin) and in the study pro­grams of the Ber­lin School of Lib­rary and Inform­a­tion Sci­ence. Enga­ging with the newly foun­ded inter­dis­cip­lin­ary Centre for Sci­ence Stud­ies (Robert-K.-Mer­ton-Zen­trum) is expec­ted. The future job holder will also act­ively par­ti­cip­ate in research and ser­vice pro­jects developed for research organ­iz­a­tions within the wider Ber­lin area and will par­tic­u­larly cooper­ate with the Ber­lin-based research area „Research Sys­tems and Sci­ence Dynam­ics“ of the Ger­man Centre for Higher Edu­ca­tion Research and Sci­ence Stud­ies (DZHW).
The pro­fess­or­ship will com­ple­ment the exist­ing research and teach­ing areas at the Ber­lin School of Lib­rary and Inform­a­tion Sci­ence. Memory insti­tu­tions (above all lib­rar­ies) and pub­lic inform­a­tion infra­struc­tures con­sti­tute a major research and teach­ing area at the Ber­lin School of Lib­rary and Inform­a­tion Sci­ence, as they are respons­ible for the organ­iz­a­tion, man­age­ment and pre­ser­va­tion of inform­a­tion flows in a soci­ety.
The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will be expec­ted to teach gradu­ate and/or under­gradu­ate courses in Ger­man and Eng­lish and to develop new classes. He/she will con­duct research at the highest inter­na­tional level inde­pend­ently, and is expec­ted to be able to take part in all the activ­it­ies of the School, includ­ing exam­in­a­tions and admin­is­tra­tion and applic­a­tion for third party fun­ded pro­jects. Suc­cess­ful can­did­ates should have research exper­i­ence in one of the stated research areas or other related import­ant and innov­at­ive areas of research. The qual­i­fic­a­tions for this pos­i­tion are: evid­ence of teach­ing excel­lence, high level com­mu­nic­a­tion skills, a strong com­mit­ment to the school's estab­lish­ment at the uni­versity and the inter­na­tional research com­munity.


The applic­ants must meet the legal require­ments for pro­fess­or­ial appoint­ments in con­junc­tion with § 102c com­bined with § 100 of the ‘Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz’. Very good Eng­lish lan­guage pro­fi­ciency is required, Ger­man lan­guage pro­fi­ciency is reques­ted, but can be acquired at the start of the employ­ment. We are look­ing for an early-stage-researcher who acquired her or his PhD degree not more than six years ago (excep­tions due for instance to child care are per­miss­ible).
HU is seek­ing to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing, and spe­cific­ally encour­ages qual­i­fied female schol­ars to apply. Research­ers from abroad are wel­come to apply. Severely dis­abled applic­ants with equi­val­ent qual­i­fic­a­tions will be given pref­er­en­tial con­sid­er­a­tion. People with an immig­ra­tion back­ground are spe­cific­ally encour­aged to apply.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion by 05.02.2020, and quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber PR/003/20 to: Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, Dean of the Fac­ulty of Arts and Human­it­ies, Prof. Dr. Met­z­ler, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Ber­lin or prefer­ably in elec­tronic form in one pdf file to: In addi­tion to the usual applic­a­tion mater­i­als (cover let­ter, CV, cer­ti­fic­ates, detailed list of teach­ing and research exper­i­ence, list of pub­lic­a­tions with up to 5 full texts of newer pub­lic­a­tions) an expose on the applic­ant's vis­ion of his/her future work in this pos­i­tion in rela­tion to research, teach­ing and the envir­on­ment of the depart­ment is reques­ted (3-5 pages). Since we will not return your doc­u­ments, please sub­mit cop­ies in the applic­a­tion only.

Please visit our web­site, which gives you access to the leg­ally bind­ing Ger­man ver­sion.