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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 a Focus on Inter­na­tional Rela­tions

Salary grade: W3 or equi­val­ent | Ref­er­ence code: W3-IB

Working field:

The advert­ised pro­fess­or­ship rep­res­ents a corner­stone of the Otto Suhr Insti­tute's research and teach­ing strategy and will cover research and teach­ing across the entire field of inter­na­tional rela­tions as a core com­pon­ent of polit­ical sci­ence.

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 teach in rel­ev­ant mod­ules in the bach­elor’s and mas­ter’s degree pro­grams in polit­ical sci­ence at the Otto Suhr Insti­tute and in the joint mas­ter’s degree in inter­na­tional rela­tions offered by Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, and the Uni­versity of Pots­dam. They should also con­trib­ute to devel­op­ing meth­od­o­lo­gies within the insti­tute and depart­ment. They will also par­ti­cip­ate in the Ber­lin Gradu­ate School for Global and Trans­re­g­ional Stud­ies (BGTS), a joint pro­ject of Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, Hum­boldt Uni­versität zu Ber­lin, the Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Research Cen­ter, and the Her­tie School. The appointee will con­trib­ute to the depart­ment’s main research areas, as well as par­ti­cip­at­ing in the joint research and excel­lence pro­jects based within it, includ­ing the Cluster of Excel­lence “Con­test­a­tions of the Lib­eral Script” (SCRIPTS). They will also be expec­ted to address gender and diversity issues in their research and teach­ing.


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

In addi­tion, applic­ants must hold an 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 must demon­strate know­ledge of quant­it­at­ive and/or qual­it­at­ive meth­ods in empir­ical social research with a research focus in the area of inter­na­tional rela­tions. They should also be able to demon­strate excel­lent inter­na­tional research work through pres­ti­gi­ous, reviewed pub­lic­a­tions. The can­did­ate should be able to demon­strate a record of suc­cess­ful, inter­na­tional teach­ing at the uni­versity level and the abil­ity to teach in Ger­man and Eng­lish. They should have exper­i­ence in acquir­ing and lead­ing extern­ally fun­ded research pro­jects and exper­i­ence in super­vising and imple­ment­ing know­ledge and tech­no­logy 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. Please provide inform­a­tion on any part­ner­ships with industry, inven­tions/pat­ents, and spin-offs, to which you have con­trib­uted, if rel­ev­ant to your field.

Please sub­mit all applic­a­tion mater­i­als elec­tron­ic­ally as one PDF file (max­imum 5 MB) by Novem­ber 11 ́th, 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 email address below it:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Depart­ment of Polit­ical and Social Sci­ences Dean’s Office
Attn. Con­stanze Mrozek
Ihnes­traße 21
PS-Prof-E-W3 - IB
14195 Ber­lin


Applic­a­tion mater­i­als sent by mail can­not be returned.

Applic­a­tion doc­u­ments will be deleted from our serv­ers after the legal reten­tion period has lapsed.

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:

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.