Job: Chair of Sociology of Africa

University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bayreuth is currently seeking to appoint a successor to the Chair of Sociology of Africa (pay grade: W3) to commence 1 October 2018. This is a civil service position.

The successful applicant will represent sociology with a focus on Africa in his or her research and teaching. Relevant empirical research in Africa is a requirement. Active involvement in the University of Bayreuth’s research focus areas, especially African Studies, is also required. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to play an active role in further developing the field of sociology in Bayreuth and to assume responsibilities in academic self-administration.

Teaching will be in the scope of the degree programmes African Culture and Society (BA and MA), Development Studies (MA), Culture and Society (BA), International Economics and Development (BA), Sociology (MA), and the doctoral training at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). This includes a critical examination of the field of development.

Requirements for this position (in accordance with Article 7 and Article 10 para 3 BayHSchPG) are a university degree, a doctoral degree, proven excellence in teaching and a post-doctoral qualification to teach at a professorial level (Habilitation). Alternatively, evidence of equivalent scholarly achievement, for example as a junior professor or in a non-university environment, will also be considered. Only applicants who are 51 years of age or younger can be hired as civil servants (Article 10 para 3 BayHSchPG).

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The ability to teach in English – and in German by the end of the successful applicant’s second year at the University – is expected.

The University of Bayreuth seeks to increase the proportion of women involved in research and teaching (in accordance with Article 4 para 1 sentence 1 BayHSchG) and therefore particularly welcomes female applicants. All qualifications being equal, severely disabled applicants will be given priority. The University of Bayreuth strives to further increase the diversity of its academic staff. For this reason, scholars who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth has been certified as a “familyfriendly university” and offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization.

Please send your cover letter and supporting documents (CV outlining your education and academic career, a list of publications, a list of courses taught, your certificates, and a description of your research) to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth by 8th April 2018. Application documents cannot be returned to the applicant, and if unsuccessful, the files will be permanently disposed of in accordance with Data Protection Law. Please also submit an identical copy of your application as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) to