The Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Leipzig University seeks to fill the following tenure track professorship, funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States, from 1 April 2022:

Junior Professorship in Global Dynamics of Resource Use and Distribution  (W1 with tenure track leading to W2)

Academic context:

The future tenure track professor should have an above-average, highly visible research profile on global dynamics arising from the use and distribution of resources and address issues of distributive justice and related negotiation processes. The spectrum of possible resources is deliberately broad. It may include mineral resources and groundwater as well as natural resources in the oceans and solar and wind as energy sources, as well as the technologies required to develop them, but also forms of and access to education, health, finance, political and social power, and cultural capital. Research experience in at least two world regions is required, at least one of which should be in the Global South.

Responsibilities include participation in the MA Global Studies and the BA/MA Cultural Studies as well as doctoral training in the Graduate School Global and Area Studies. The professorship should build a bridge from the research networks of the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics to the life, environmental and climate sciences.

Empirical research and internationally visible publication activity in book or article form as well as theoretical-methodological contributions to the Global Studies agenda are expected (Global History, Sociology of Global Inequalities, International Studies, etc.). Considerations for further strengthening and expanding large-scale collaborative research at Leipzig University are expected together with the application.

Junior professorships should be seen as opportunities for further qualification. This call is therefore aimed at applicants who, having completed a good doctoral degree (with the honour magna cum laude or higher), wish to obtain further qualification and have not completed a habilitation. If the applicant was employed as a research or graduate assistant prior to or after completing their doctorate, then the doctorate and employment phases should have lasted no more than six years in total. Applicants should have changed universities after completing their doctorate or have been academically active outside Leipzig University for at least two years. They should have completed their doctorate no more than four years ago.

What we offer

The junior professorship is initially limited to three years. It will be extendable by a further three years subject to successful intermediate evaluation according to the Regulations on the Interim Evaluation Procedure for Junior Professors at Leipzig University (ZevaO). No later than five years after employment commences, a tenure evaluation will be conducted under the Regulations on the Constitution, Procedure and Evaluation of Tenure Track Professorships at Leipzig University (TTO). The evaluation procedure is based on a binding, mutual evaluation agreement concluded at the start of employment, which sets out the development goals and expectations with regard to the professor’s individual performance in the categories of research, teaching, knowledge transfer as well as academic and non-university commitment. After successful tenure evaluation, appointment to a permanent W2 professorship pursuant to Section 59(2) Sentence 2 no. 2 of the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG) will take place without readvertising the vacancy.

The job holder’s rights and obligations are regulated by Sect. 63, 64, 70 SächsHSFG and the Saxon Service Regulations for Higher Education Institutions (DAVOHS).

Leipzig University is committed to gender equality.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Applications with the usual documents, including a detailed CV, a list of the scientific work and academic teaching to date including available records of teaching evaluations, as well as a certified copy of the highest academic degree acquired should be sent, either by post or electronically as a single PDF document, to:

Leipzig University

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Professor Astrid Lorenz

Beethovenstr. 15

04107 Leipzig


by no later than 30 July 2021.

You can find the full Call as a PDF here in English and German.