University Professor of Yiddish Literary and Cultural Studies
The University of Vienna
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At the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna the position of a University Professor of Yiddish Literary and Cultural Studies (full time, permanent position) is to be filled.
As specified in the University`s Development Plan, the position is to be linked to the research area “Aesthetics and mediality dimensions of communication”.
The successful candidate will cover wide areas of Yiddish literary and cultural studies from the beginning to the end of the long 19thcentury.
A focus in core areas of philological research, e.g. historical narratology or textual scholarship, is desired. A comparative perspective on the relation between Yiddish tradition and those textual cultures that are focussed on in German studies, is also desired, as well as a focus on Yiddish in the Habsburgian realm with a special emphasis on the situation in Vienna.
The professorship will also establish a curriculum in (West)Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, that is open especially to those students in philological and historiographical curricula looking for an additional interdisciplinary focus and also offers students in German studies an area of specialization. The professorship will be located at the Department of German Studies. The successful candidate should also have a experience in research and teaching in German Studies and will have to cooperate with different historical or philological disciplines.
It is expected to teach in the developed curriculum of Yiddish as well as in the curricula offered at the Department of German Studies at all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD), to supervise theses and dissertations, to support young academics and to actively participate in the university’s self-governance.
Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:
Doctoral degree/PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution
Habilitation (venia docendi) in a subject field relevant to this position or an internationally accepted equivalent qualification is desirable
Outstanding achievements in research, excellent publication record, international reputation
Experience in designing, procuring and managing large research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to lead research groups
Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in all phases of their studies (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promoting young academic colleagues
In addition, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to be prepared to take over responsibility on the organisational level of the Faculty and the University, if necessary.
a negotiable and attractive salary (classification according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff, allocation to job group A1; section 98 of the Universities Act 2002); the salary will be individually negotiated under consideration of the previous career development and the current income situation
in addition to the statutory social insurance, the University of Vienna offers a pension fund to its employees
a “start-up package”, in particular for the initiation of research projects
a dynamic research location with well-established research funding provisions
attractive working conditions in a city with a high quality of life
comprehensive advice and support in relation to finding an accommodation, change of schools and dual career
a wide range of support services offered by central service institutions
The University of Vienna pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/en). The University puts special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.
Application letter, including a brief description of:
- current research interests and research plans for the immediate future
- current and planned foci in academic teaching and the supervision of young Researchers
- Academic curriculum vitae,
including information about “esteem factors” (e.g. experience as a publisher, functions in research societies or programme committees)
- List of publications, including:
- specification of five key publications which the applicant considers particularly relevant to the advertised professorship
- provision of an Internet link for download or electronic submission of PDF versions of these five publications
- information about citations and impact factors, depending on the common practice in the relevant research area
- List of talks given,
including information about invited keynote lectures at international conferences
- Third-party funds
list of acquired third-party funds (subject, duration, origin, volume) as well as, if applicable, of inventions/patents
- Overview of previous academic teaching and supervised theses, especially doctoral theses
- Teaching evaluations (if available)
- Copies of documents and certificates
Applications in German or English should be submitted by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, Univ. Prof. Dr. Melanie Malzahn, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reference no.: 124-2018
The application deadline is 7 January 2019.