Job: Junior Professor in Anglophone Postcolonial Studies

Institute for English and American Studies – Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Junior Professor in Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (Salary grade W1, tenure track)

The position is funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States supporting early career researchers.

Pending fulfilment of the applicable employment laws, the successful candidate will be employed as a temporary civil servant for a period of three years. A contract extension for a further three years is contingent on a positive evaluation of the initial three years. A subsequent appointment to a tenured professorship at W2 level at the end of this period is envisaged in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions.


  • an outstanding doctoral degree in Anglophone postcolonial literary and cultural studies;
  • proven familiarity with both postcolonial theory, including its history and variants, and established and new approaches in literary and cultural theory, as well as the ability to research and reflect upon postcolonial Anglophone cultures with regard to their regional specificities and global entanglements, as evidenced by the doctoral dissertation and further research outcomes (esp. publications);
  • documented aptitude in teaching Anglophone postcolonial studies;
  • a proven excellent command of English, and at least a basic command of German.

The post-holder will be expected to develop, guide or participate in research projects located in the context of the priority research areas identified at the school and university levels respectively, i.e. "Mobility/Transculturality" and "Diversity and Participation". Involvement in academic administrative tasks as appropriate is also required.

Experience in applying for and securing external grant funding and in interdisciplinary and international collaboration is highly desirable, as is the willingness and capacity to engage in dialogue with postcolonial approaches in didactics and/or linguistics.

The post-holder's teaching responsibilities will include teaching in all the Institute's degree programmes. This includes the newer Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education, as well as discontinued generalist and teaching-focused programmes of study, and potentially in other project and degree programmes as the case may be.

The eligibility requirements for the position are based on the statutory provisions in the state of Lower Saxony (§ 30 NHG). For candidates who have been employed In Germany as a research associate or research assistant before or after their doctoral studies, the period spent as a doctoral student and researcher should not be longer than six years in total.

To increase the proportion of women in science, equally qualified female candidates will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. The position is suitable for part-time employment.


  • Candidates should submit their five most important and relevant publications (including their dissertation) with their application.
  • Applications must include an academic CV, copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates, a list of publications, presentations and courses taught, as well as a list of and documentation for any dates that are relevant for potential employment as a W1 professor (such as parental leave) and selected publications.
  • Applications should include the reference code "Poco" and should be submitted by e-mail in a single PDF-file to with the reference code as the subject. Alternatively, applications may be sent by post to the 'Präsidium der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, z. H. des Dekans der Fakultät III, 26111 Oldenburg'.
  • The deadline for applications is March 7th 2020