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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Depart­ment of Philo­sophy and Human­it­ies - Insti­tute of Philo­sophy

Ten­ure-Track Pos­i­tion as Junior Pro­fessor of Prac­tical Philo­sophy

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will assume respons­ib­il­it­ies in research and teach­ing in the field of prac­tical philo­sophy with an emphasis on moral philo­sophy and polit­ical philo­sophy.

Along with the reg­u­lar offi­cial duties of pro­fess­ors lis­ted in Art­icle 99 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the fol­low­ing activ­it­ies:
The scope of the junior pro­fess­or­ship includes work­ing in all degree pro­grams in which the Insti­tute of Philo­sophy is involved, in par­tic­u­lar the teacher train­ing degree pro­gram “Philo­sophy/Eth­ics.” The new pro­fessor will also be expec­ted to con­trib­ute to inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research col­lab­or­a­tions both within and bey­ond the Depart­ment of Philo­sophy and Human­it­ies, as well as in other research part­ner­ships in which Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is involved.The appointee will also develop innov­at­ive research pro­grams and incor­por­ate ques­tions of gender stud­ies and/or diversity stud­ies into their research and/or teach­ing. They should also be pre­pared to fill any gaps in their know­ledge of Ger­man by the time of their ten­ure review.


Appoint­ment require­ments are gov­erned by Art­icle 102a of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act (Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz – Ber­lHG).
Applic­ants should be able to demon­strate a suc­cess­ful teach­ing record at a uni­versity as well as a his­tory of excel­lent, inter­na­tion­ally vis­ible research activ­it­ies relat­ing to the field. They should also have exper­i­ence with pro­jects fin­anced through third-party fund­ing.

What we of­fer:

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 pos­i­tion entails a three-year appoint­ment as a civil ser­vant for a fixed period (“Beamter/Beamtin auf Zeit”). Pending a suc­cess­ful review pro­cess, the pos­i­tion can be exten­ded for another three years. If the appointee 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 (Art­icle 102 c of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, § 102 c Ber­lHG).

The per­form­ance goals will cover (but are not lim­ited to) the fol­low­ing areas:
  • Research
  • Teach­ing
  • Pro­mot­ing early-career research­ers
  • Aca­demic com­mit­tee work
  • Lead­er­ship and man­age­ment
  • Lan­guage pro­fi­ciency

At the time of appoint­ment to the per­man­ent pro­fess­or­ship, all the gen­eral reg­u­la­tions and con­di­tions regard­ing pub­lic sec­tor employ­ment must be ful­filled.

In addi­tion, any can­did­ates who com­pleted their doc­toral degree at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin and/or are employed at Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin must com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions stip­u­lated by the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, Art­icle102 c, para­graph 3.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions should include a CV, cop­ies of all cer­ti­fic­ates of aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish; let­ters of appoint­ment (please add trans­la­tions if applic­able), 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 July 30th, 2020 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 Philo­sophie und Geisteswis­senschaften
z. Hd. Frau Hehn
Habelschwer­dter Allee 45
14195 Ber­lin


On the given occa­sion and for the dur­a­tion of the essen­tial on-site oper­a­tions by Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, we kindly ask you to apply elec­tron­ic­ally by e-mail. The pro­cessing of a postal applic­a­tion can­not be guar­an­teed.

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 (Art­icles 99, 100, 101, 102 a,102c Ber­lHG) can be found online:

With an elec­tronic applic­a­tion, you acknow­ledge that FU Ber­lin saves and pro­cesses your data. FU Ber­lin can­not guar­an­tee the secur­ity of your per­sonal data if you send your applic­a­tion over an unen­cryp­ted con­nec­tion.

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.