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Department of Philosophy and Humanities - Institute of Philosophy

Tenure-Track Position as Junior Professor of Practical Philosophy Salary grade: initially a W1 position; after evaluation, W3 with tenure Reference code: W1PraktPhil

Bewerbungsende: 30.07.2020

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 responsibilities in research and teaching in the field of practical philosophy with an emphasis on moral philosophy and political philosophy.

Appointment requirements are governed by Article 102a of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz – BerlHG).

Applicants shouldbe 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.

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.

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:


  • 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.

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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


Email: bewerbung@geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de

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: www.fu-berlin.de/bbs.

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.

Stellenauschreibung vom: 28.06.2020