Professorship in Digital Anthropology / Science and Technology Studies (Germany) Deadline: 06 Oct. 2018

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Application Deadline

October 06, 2018

Career Commencement

October 1, 2019

Employment Duration


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The Offer

The Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures, and Arts at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany invites applications for the following position starting 1 October 2019: Professorship (W1, tenure-track) in Digital Anthropology / Science and Technology Studies.

The initial tenure-track appointment is for six years according to § 64 of the Higher Education Act of the State of Hessen (HHG). The professorship is funded by the Bund-Länder-Programm zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses (BLP). Upon positive evaluation, the incumbent will be promoted to a permanent position at a higher level (W2). Applications are invited from post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their careers (according to § 64, para. 3 HHG the doctorate should not date back to more than four years).

The professorship is assigned to the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology. Successful applicants are expected to contribute to establishing Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Goethe University and to foster interdisciplinary linkages within and beyond Goethe University by contributing to the development of multi-disciplinary research training groups as well as participation in other types of research cooperation.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Qualified candidates hold a doctorate, Ph.D. or equivalent in Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology or related fields. The position is for candidates with published research in science and technology studies, anthropology of science and technology or adjacent areas, and with current or future research interests in the emergence of new socio-material practices in an interconnected world. Competitive candidates will demonstrate expertise in ethnographic research and be committed to contributing to recent debates on fieldwork epistemologies at the interface of STS and digital anthropology. They will be able to critically engage with the use of digital technologies in/for scholarly research and teaching, especially in the humanities and social sciences.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate courses and to engage in curriculum building in the English-language Master Program “Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life” and to supervise graduate and postgraduate work in this field. Ability to also teach in the German-language Bachelor Program “Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie” is an asset.

Application Process

Candidates who fulfill the above-mentioned requirements are invited to send their applications in English with an academic curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research, a teaching dossier (accompanied by teaching evaluations if applicable) and citing the reference „W1 Digital Anthropology / Science and Technology Studies” until 6 October 2018 via e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts at Goethe-University.

The designated salary for the position is based on the German university pay scale or equivalent. Goethe University aims at increasing the proportion of female researchers and therefore encourages women to apply. Applications of researchers from abroad are explicitly requested. Disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments and the
“Bund-Länder-Programm (BLP)”, please see here.

Find more details about the University and the programs here. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Gisela Welz. Mention that you found this call on The Insightist Berlin.

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