General History with Special Emphasis on Contemporary History (20th/21st Centuries)
The successful candidate will be required to represent the area of contemporary history (20th/21st centuries, including the period of National Socialism) accross its full spectrum in teaching and research. The Bielefeld model asks for a theoretically oriented approach to the study of history. In order to facilitate a close cooperation with other fields of historical study as pursued in the department of history in Bielefeld and by other disciplines at Bielefeld University candidates should be able to prove competent in the application of hermeneutic as well as social scientific and culturalist methods both in teaching and research.
Initiative and experiences in the acquisition of third party funding are expected. Furthermore, the successful candidate should be committed to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation with other research focuses internally and in other disciplines such as sociology, literary studies, and the Center for the Study of Conflict and Violence. In addition, the department of history requires active participation in various international study and exchange programmes, and in its major joint research projects such as the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, the collaborative research centre SFB 1288 ‚Practices of Comparing‘, and projected research training groups.
The faculty considers gender equality of men and women as an important goal and expects the successful candidate to contribute to its furthering.
Necessary requirements for an appointment to an unlimited W2 professorship are a completed university degree, teaching experience, a doctoral degree, and additional academic achievements. The concordance of these with the criteria as established by the department of history will be judged by the search and finding committee (§ 36 HG).
Applications from abroad are welcome. Applicants for which German is not a first language are obliged to be able to lecture in German – in addition to lectures in the English language.
Applications from applicants with major physical handicaps, or equivalent, are explicitly encouraged.
Bielefeld University has been repeatedly awarded for its achievements in promoting gender equality and is a certified "family friendly university". Applications by women are strongly encouraged, both in the academic domain and in the areas of technology, IT, and practical services. Applications will be dealt with in strict accordance with state laws.
Applications including the usual documents (cv, list of publications, including a statement highlighting the ten most important publications, two-page concepts for research and teaching respectively, list of courses taught, copies of academic diplomas) should be sent by e-mail in a single PDF document by Dec. 2nd 2017, to:
or by postal mail to:
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie
- Der Dekan -
Postfach 10 01 31
Please do not send any originals, as the received documents will be destroyed at the end of the proceedings.