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Job Opening

Date of Publication: 14.10.2013
Closing date for applications: 13.11.2013

The Georg-August University of Göttingen is inviting applications for a:

Full Professor (W3) in Religious Studies with a Focus on Social Scientific Research of Religion

We are looking for applicants with expertise in social scientific research on religion who can adequately represent the field of “Religious Studies” in their research and teaching. The professor will conduct comparative research on contemporary religious movements, preferably within Christianity and Islam, and the social conflicts associated with them. He or she is expected to take a leading role in the Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies at the Göttingen Research Campus, demonstrate active involvement in the research topic “Cultural and religious diversity and social integration” at the Faculty of Social Sciences and be willing to collaborate professionally with religious studies professors in the Faculties of Philosophy, Social Sciences and Theology as well as with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

Teaching duties shall include courses mainly in the Bachelor and Master programmes “Religious Studies”, but also in Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The professor will also be expected to contribute to the programme for doctoral degree candidates at the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences.

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Requirements for employment include a habilitation or equivalent qualifications in Religious Studies or a closely related discipline, experience in the relevant research areas of social sciences and in the acquisition of third-party funds along with high-ranking publications. The appointment and hiring requirements are governed by Section 25 of the Higher Education Act of Lower Saxony (NHG) of Feb. 26, 2007, promulgated in the Lower Saxony Law and Ordinance Gazette (Nds. GVBl. 5/2007 p. 69). As a Public Law Foundation, Göttingen University holds the right of appointment. Further details can be provided upon request.

The University explicitly welcomes applications from abroad. Under certain circumstances, part-time employment is possible. Disabled persons with a corresponding aptitude for the position will be favoured. The University strives to increase its proportion of female staff and specifically encourages qualified women to apply.

Please submit your application along with the usual documents within four weeks of the posting of this advertisement, addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Professor Walter Reese-Schäfer, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3, D-37073 Göttingen or merged into a PDF file to Professor Matthias Koenig is available to provide further information