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Junior Research Group Leaders (f/m/d) for the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence
University of Bayreuth
The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally
competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Africa
Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth, funded by the
Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, is planning
to establish four Junior Research Groups (JRG) to commence on July 1st, 2020.
We are currently seeking to appoint four
Junior Research Group Leaders (m/f/d)
for a funding period of four years (pay grade TV-L 14). We expect the holders
of the positions to implement an innovative research programme, designed for
the duration of the funding period and integrating up to two doctoral students,
whose selection and supervision will be the responsibility of the JRG leaders.
The research projects should contribute to the theoretical agenda of the Cluster
and connect to or complement the thematic fields addressed in the Cluster.
The JRGs will work under the umbrella of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced
African Studies within the Cluster of Excellence, which runs an international
fellow programme and specialized programmes for the training of postdoctoral
scholars. The doctoral students will pursue their degrees within the Bayreuth
International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), the graduate
school of the Cluster of Excellence.
Two JRGs are advertised with open disciplinary and thematic orientations.
One JRG should pursue a research agenda in the field of Intersectionality
Studies with links to the study of Africa and/or its diasporas. Given the transdisciplinary
character of the field, applicants may come from a wide range of
academic disciplines. They should have a track record in theoretical and
methodological approaches in Gender Studies, Queer Studies or Postcolonial
Studies. We are especially interested in candidates with competencies in
debates in Black Feminist Studies and Women of Colour Feminist Studies.
The fourth JRG will work in the field of international relations with reference
to Africa. Applicants may come from different disciplinary backgrounds and
are expected to have a track record in theory and method in the social sciences
and the study of international relations.
Apart from directing their research projects, the duties of the JRG leaders
include active participation in the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and
teaching one course with two weekly contact hours per semester. The courses
will be offered in one of the bachelor's and master's programmes relating to
African Studies (or to Intersectionality Studies, in case of the JRG in intersectionality)
or in other suitable programmes, as well as in BIGSAS. The JRG in
intersectionality is further expected to collaborate with the Cluster's Gender &
Diversity Office in the promotion of intersectionality and diversity perspectives.
The working language of the cluster is English.
Prerequisite for applications is a very good doctoral degree in an academic
discipline pertinent to the study of Africa (in the case of the JRGs with open
disciplinary orientation) or to Intersectionality Studies (in the case of the JRG in
intersectionality) or to the study of international relations with a social science
approach (in the case of the JRG in international relations). In all cases,
candidates need to have obtained their doctoral degrees no less than two years
and no more than six years ago (date of the oral examination or defense/viva;
periods of parental leave or severe illness are not included in the calculation).
Holders of junior professorships or similar tenure track positions (W1/W2) are
eligible to apply, provided they obtained the doctoral degree within the last six
years. After the four-year funding period the leaders of the JRGs will have the
opportunity to apply for a tenured professorship in the study of Africa at the
University of Bayreuth.
The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is
expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Women and persons who
can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse -
especially African women and women of colour - 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. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities
will be given priority.
In addition to the usual application materials (CV outlining education and
academic career, list of publications and courses taught, diplomas and certificates)
applicants should give the names and contacts of two referees willing to provide
recommendation letters on request. As a crucial part of the application candidates
need to submit a research proposal in English, to be written on the basis of a
template, where they outline an innovative research project suited for the format
of a JRG. The template can be downloaded from the "Opportunities" section on
the Cluster's web site (http://www.africamultiple.uni-bayreuth.de).
Please send your application electronically as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB)
to the Dean of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger
Seesemann, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is
December 31st, 2019. In accordance with data protection law, the files will be
permanently disposed of once the positions have been filled.
In case of questions, please contact Robert Debusmann, the coordinator of the
Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies within the Cluster, mentioning
"JRG" in the subject line: email@example.com