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Junior Professorship (W3) of Interdisciplinary Data Management and Knowledge Generation (Tenure Track)
Published(150 days ago)
Deadline for applications(112 days ago)
The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Bayreuth in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" is currently seeking to appoint a
of Interdisciplinary Data
Management and Knowledge Generation (with tenure track option to W3)
to commence on 1 October 2019 (minimum salary per month: 4,548.85 €). This is a fixed-term civil service position.
Applicants may come from different scientific disciplines and must have a track record of innovative methods of interdisciplinary data management. The professorship will play a central role in the digital agenda of the "Africa Multiple" Cluster of Excellence, which is breaking new ground in theories and methods of African research. The scientists in the cluster represent a broad interdisciplinary spectrum that includes the humanities, cultural sciences, social studies, and natural sciences. In order to establish new collaborative ways of working with digital data, we are looking for a scholar who takes innovative paths in data management and knowledge generation, preferably on the basis of data with a large disciplinary bandwidth. Applicants with a research profile in African studies would be particularly welcome. Experience in working with ontological, spatial, or temporal dynamic data and metadata is required. Areas of work may be in areas such as digital humanities, citizen science, digital geographies, digital media, semantic web, fluid ontologies, data mining, small data and/or big data analysis, or data analysis in the broad sense.
Although the position is to be based in the Faculty of Languages & Literatures, applicants may also come from the cultural studies, social sciences, geosciences, or computer science. In one of the latter cases, the successful applicant may become a member of another faculty. He or she will cover the field of interdisciplinary data management and corresponding research and teaching areas and will be actively involved in the development of the digital agenda of the "Africa Multiple" Cluster of Excellence.
The successful applicant will teach courses in the bachelor‘s and master‘s programmes in the area of his/her specialization as well as in the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. Depending on his or her profile, he or she will also contribute to the curriculum of one of the specialist units of the Faculty of Languages & Literatures and can offer courses for the curriculum of other faculties. The willingness to raise third-party funds and to involved in academic self-administration is assumed.
The ability to teach in English is expected. Non-German-speaking postholders would be expected to acquire German language skills within three years. The ability to teach in German is a prerequisite for the appointment as a university professor after six years.
In addition to the general administrative requirements, prerequisites for this position are (in accordance with Articles 14 and 15 BayHSchPG) a university degree, proven excellence in teaching, and the ability to carry out scholarly research (generally demonstrated by the quality of the applicant‘s doctoral research). If the candidate was employed as a graduate assistant or research associate prior to or subsequent to earning his or her doctorate, the total duration of the doctoral research phase and the employment phase should not exceed six years. The employment conditions given in § 7 of the University‘s Bayreuth Track Regulations also apply. A further prerequisite is the ability to teach in English.
The performance agreement, which defines the criteria for the interim and tenure evaluation, is drawn up by the University and the applicant during the appointment negotiations. The agreement includes criteria in the categories of Research and Academic Teaching and may also include Third Mission and Academic Engagement. The appointment will initially last for a period of three years as a fixed-term civil servant. An extension of the junior professorships by up to a further three years takes place in the course of the third year with the agreement of the junior professor, if he or she has proven himself / herself as university instructors. According to § 4 para 1 number 3 of LUFV, the teaching obligation currently amounts to 5 hours of lectures in the first phase and 7 hours of lectures in the second phase. The appointment to a W3 professorship depends exclusively on the outcome of the tenure evaluation. After successful tenure evaluation, the appointment as a university professor (W3) takes place in a permanent civil service relationship. Further information on the Bayreuth Track process can be found under https://www.uni-bayreuth.de/en/university/work-at-the-university/index.html.
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 is a member of the best practice club Family at University, and it 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 education and academic career, list of publications, list of courses taught, a description of your research, as well as copies of all diplomas and certificates) to the Dean of the Faculty of Languages & Literatures (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 May 2019. Application documents cannot be returned to the applicant, and if unsuccessful, the files will be permanently disposed of in accordance with data protection law.