Universität Bielefeld

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Current status of application procedure

  • Appointment offer to the first-placed candidate (27.01.2020)
The Department of Philosophy within the Faculty for History, Philosophy, and Theology is seeking to fill the position of a

Junior Professor for Theoretical Philosophy (W1, no tenure track)

as soon as possible.

The successful candidate (m/f) has an independent and innovative research profile in at least one core field of theoretical philosophy, notably the philosophy of language, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, or metaphysics. We expect philosophical research aiming for peer-reviewed publications of international renown.

The successful candidate shows a marked aptitude for independent research in philosophy, collaborative skills and competences (capacity for teamwork), and a clear willingness to actively participate in the Bielefeld “Research Group Theoretical Philosophy”. We expect the research orientation to be in general consonance with the projects in theoretical philosophy pursued within the research groups of Prof. Nimtz (theoretical philosophy) and Prof. Kaiser (philosophy of science).

Applicants are preferred to show documented experience in acquiring project grants. We expect a commitment to actively acquire project grants, and to engage in joint research projects.

The successful applicant will teach and supervise students from all BA-, MA- and doctoral degree programs in philosophy. Successful candidates are expected to teach on subjects within theoretical philosophy beyond their own research foci, and to adapt their teaching styles and approaches to the specific needs and capabilities of our students.

Preconditions for the professorship are a university degree in philosophy, pedagogical aptitude, as well as a doctorate in theoretical philosophy. Applications from abroad are welcome. Applicants for which German is not a first language should be able to teach courses in German, in addition to courses in English, within about a year of hiring.

The appointment will be for three years. Given a successful evaluation in accordance with the general Bielefeld guidelines, it can be extended for another three years. 

Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family-friendly university. The university welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and Craft. Applications are handled according to the state's equal opportunity statutes.

The Faculty places great emphasis on gender equality and expects the future post holder to contribute to its continued implementation.

Applications must include the usual documents (cv, list of publications, list of courses taught, copies of academic degrees). Applications must also include (1) a brief overview of up to two pages detailing past/current research projects and their interrelations and (2) a two-page document detailing the candidate’s future plans for research and teaching.

Applications should be send by e-mail as a single PDF document to


by May 31, 2019.

Alternatively, applications can be sent by regular mail to:

Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie
- Die Dekanin -
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Please do not send any originals, as the received documents will be destroyed at the end of the proceedings.

Please note that risks to confidentiality and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be ruled out when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. Information on the processing of personal data can be found at http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/2018_DS-Hinweise.pdf. (in German)