CfA: Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science (University College Freiburg, Deadline: March 31, 2020)

Submitted by Silvia Stößer (University College Freiburg).


Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

The University invites applications for a Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science

  • This professorship is particularly suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.
  • Fulltime position, Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

The University expects an excellent international academic record in (Historical) Epistemology, Philosophy of Science and/or Theory of Science. More specifically, candidates should demonstrate, in research and teaching, a historical and comparative perspective on epistemology and methodology, and on the societal and cultural conditions and implications of knowledge and science (understood in the broad sense of “Wissenschaft”).

The University of Freiburg has successfully established the interdisciplinary four-year “Liberal Arts and Sciences” (LAS) Bachelor Program for a total of 320 students within the institutional framework of University College Freiburg (UCF). The development of a research program in the area of epistemology and theory of science is at the discretion of the position holder. Interdisciplinary research profiles that link to one of the LAS Majors and to empirical research fields at the University will be favored (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Economics). Research cooperations between the humanities and natural sciences could, for example, contribute to fields such as “Environmental Humanities” or “Medical Humanities” or to research consortia such as the University’s Clusters of Excellence. Particularly desirable are research interests that resonate with the STS professorship at UCF and support the existing cooperation with the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. A research focus that considers interdisciplinarity (e.g. understandings of models, experiments, observations, concepts, representations, instruments, or methods that cross disciplinary boundaries) and/or a broad approach towards “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” are welcome.

The professorship’s teaching responsibilities will focus on the LAS Program, especially on epistemology and philosophy, theory, and history of science and knowledge. Courses offered by the professorship are mainly situated in the LAS Core curriculum. In addition, teaching in the four LAS Majors and in other programs is possible. A priority of UCF, within a cross-departmental curriculum initiative, is the co-development of course offerings in “Reflections on Science and Knowledge” to students of various study programs at the University of Freiburg.

The LAS Program’s novelty for German higher education refers not only to its comprehensive interdisciplinarity, but also to the innovative teaching contexts and methods. Therefore, in addition to an excellent and international teaching record, a passion for teaching and proven interest and experience in interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to higher education – ideally in a Liberal Arts and Sciences context – are required.

Professors at UCF are responsible for UCF leadership and for the further development of the LAS program and of UCF. As the LAS Program is English-taught, excellent English proficiency in teaching and research is required. The official language of the University is German. Non-native German speakers are expected to learn German within three years. Prerequisites for the employment of Professors are a university degree, an outstanding dissertation and an excellent publication record. Substantial achievements and experience in academic research and teaching, at the level of a Habilitation according to the German academic system, are expected.

The following application documents are to be submitted: Curriculum vitae, certificates of degrees and academic qualifications, complete list of publications and invited lectures specifying the 10 most important publications, grants awarded, research profile and plan. We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for this position. Please send in a complete and convincing application and a print version of the application form in English with the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000946, by 31.03.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dekanat der Philosophischen Fakultät
Dekan Prof. Dr. Dietmar Neutatz
D 79085 Freiburg

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For further information, please contact Bettina Ragen: +49 761 203-3371, Information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Code for Practice for professorial appointments.

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