Freie Universität Berlin - Department of Political and Social Sciences | Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Tenure-Track Position as Junior Professor of Media and Communication Studies with a Focus on Digital Research Methods
Salary grade: W 1; after evaluation W3 with tenure | Reference code: W1 TTZ Digitale Methoden
This tenure-track professor position is supported financially through the German Federal and State Governments’ tenure-track program to promote the careers of researchers early on. Applications from researchers who have just completed their doctoral degree and are in the early phase of their career are strongly encouraged.
The successful applicant will assume research and teaching responsibilities in the field of media and communication studies with a focus on digital research methods.
Appointment requirements are governed by Section 102a of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz – BerlHG).
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 appointee will contribute to the international research activities of the institute and the department and participate in the development of the teaching curriculum in the area of research methods. The ability to teach in German and English is essential for this position. The appointee will be expected to engage in the acquisition of third-party funding. In their research and teaching, the junior professor will be required to address gender and diversity issues relevant to media and communication studies and related fields.
The position entails a three-year appointment as a civil servant for a fixed period (“Beamter/Beamtin auf Zeit”). Following a successful midterm review (“Zwischenevaluation”), the position can be extended for another three years. If the appointee then successfully passes their tenure review, they will be appointed to a permanent professorship through a streamlined appointment procedure (i.e., the permanent appointment will not be advertised as a separate position). As part of this process, performance goals will be negotiated at the time the junior professor is hired. The fulfillment of those goals will be assessed as part of the tenure review (Section 102c of the Berlin Higher Education Act, § 102 c BerlHG).
The performance goals will cover (but are not limited to) the following areas:
Promoting early-career researchers
Academic committee work
Leadership and management
Successful candidates should hold a doctorate in communication studies or a related social science and demonstrate advanced knowledge and achievements in the application, development, and analysis of the research methods used in communication studies. They should have practical knowledge in the application and development of digital research methods oriented toward online and network media and the ability to teach these skills to students of the department. Applicants should have a strong teaching record at the university level as well as a history of excellent, internationally visible research activities relating to the field, with the ability to teach in English. They should also have experience with projects financed through third-party funding.
How to apply:
At the time of appointment to the permanent professorship, all general regulations and conditions regarding public sector employment must be fulfilled.
In addition, any candidates who are employed at Freie Universität Berlin as their main employer must comply with the regulations stipulated by the Berlin Higher Education Act, Section 102c, paragraph 3.
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 competence. Please include information on involvement in ongoing and future research endeavors, joint research projects, externally funded projects and, if necessary, language certificates. If applicable, please give information on teaching experience in primary and secondary education, partnerships with industry, inventions/patents, and spin-offs. All materials, including a personal postal address and email, must be received no later than November 11`th, 2021, preferably electronically. Please indicate the reference code for the position when you submit your materials in one PDF file (maximum 5 MB), to the following address:
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften Dekanat
z. Hd. Frau Mrozek
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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 which are relevant for professorships (Sections 99, 100, 101, 102a,102c BerlHG) can be found online: www.fu-berlin.de/bbs
Freie Universität Berlin is an equal opportunity employer.