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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Department of Political and Social Sciences - Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science

University Professor of Political Science with Focus on the Theoretical and Legislative Foundations of Politics

Salary grade: W2 or equivalent | Reference code: W2 PolTheorie

Work­ing field:

The appointed candidate will cover research and teaching in the field of political science with a focus on the theoretical and legislative foundations of politics.

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 expected to assume teaching responsibilities in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in political science, in particular for the module “Theory, History of Ideas, and Foundations of Politics” in the bachelor degree program and for the thematic field of “Theory and Foundations of Political Science” at the master’s level. They will also participate in the various research partnerships and networks with which the department is involved. The appointee is also expected to engage with gender and diversity issues within the scope of their research and teaching.


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

In addition, applicants must hold a doctoral degree or additional academic qualifications and achievements (as defined under Sections 100.2 and 100.6 of the Berlin Higher Education Act) in the field of political science. They should have a record of outstanding, international research activities with a focus on the area of “theoretical and legislative foundations of politics,” demonstrated through publications in reviewed journals. They must be able to contribute to an advanced understanding of the history of ideas in relation to the theoretical and legislative foundations of politics. Candidates should also have international teaching experience at the university level, experience in acquiring and leading externally funded research projects, and the ability to teach in German and English. We are also interested in applicants with experience in supervising and implementing knowledge transfer activities.

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 19.08.2021. 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 it:

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften
Attn. Mrs. Mrozek
Ihnestraße 21
14195 Berlin


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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:

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Freie Universität Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.