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The Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at Bielefeld University is seeking to fill a vacancy of a

W2 Professorship with tenure track to W3/ W3 Professorship for Clinical Linguistics/Neurocognition of Language

at the earliest possible opportunity.

The successful applicant (m/f/d) will represent the entire field of Clinical Linguistics in research and teaching. The successful applicant is familiar with current theories and methods in the field of Neurocognition of Language. Research foci in the area of neurorehabilitation in children and adults are expected.

The successful candidate (m/f/d) examines basic research questions within the field of clinical linguistics against the background of linguistic theories, psycholinguistic models and experimental methods. In addition to a research focus in clinical linguistics, the successful candidate has expertise in neurolinguistic research questions and neurolinguistic methods (e.g., measurements with EEG/MEG, fMRT, DTI, TMS/tES/tDCS). Additional expertise in therapeutic research is desirable. Besides knowledge and experience with empirical research methods in clinical linguistics, it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to adequately apply current statistical methods.

The tasks of the Professorship of Clinical Linguistics/Neurocognition of Language will entail supervising the bachelor's degree in Clinical Linguistics/Speech Therapy and the relevant modules in the master's degree in Linguistics, as well as collaborations with the medical faculty. It is expected that the successful candidate (m/f/d) will participate in students’ examinations and academic self-administration and has a willingness to cooperate with the other sub-areas of the Studienfach (study division) Linguistics, Clinical Linguistics, Text Technology and Computational Linguistics and the Department of Linguistics, both in teaching and in the development of research projects and collaborative research proposals.

A professional/coherent fit and a willingness to work in the planned collaborative linguistic project on ‘Linguistic Creativity’ are particularly desirable.

Experience in raising third-party funded projects is expected. Relevant experience in university teaching is expected as well as the ability to teach in German.

Importantly, the professorship will represent the Bielefeld Clinical Linguistics’ interests and matters towards the relevant professional associations. In addition, it is expected that the successful candidate will maintain and further expand the existing cooperation with clinics and speech therapy practices in and around Bielefeld.

According to § 36 of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (HG-NRW), the requirements for employment are a completed university degree in a relevant subject, the special aptitude for academic work, which is demonstrated by the quality of the doctorate, pedagogical aptitude, which is demonstrated by a corresponding previous education or is exceptionally determined in the appointment procedure, as well as additional academic achievements, which are exclusively and comprehensively evaluated in the appointment procedure. In the case of an appointment as a W2-Professorship, recruitment is initially limited to five years; following appointment, a target agreement will be formulated. In case of a positive evaluation in the final year, the appointment will be transferred to an indefinite W3-Professorship. The tenure evaluation procedures are regulated in the statutes concerning the implementation of W2-Professorships with Tenure Track. W2-Tenure-Track-Professorships are firmly established at Bielefeld University as an appointment option. Tenure-Track-Professors (f/m) are offered a target group specific personnel development programme that provides support during the arrival phase and the preparation of the tenure evaluation.

The faculty considers gender equality as an important task and expects the future post holder to contribute to its continued implementation.

Bielefeld University has received several awards for its success in equal opportunities and is certified as a family-friendly university. It welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true in the academic field as well as in technology, IT and crafts. It handles applications in accordance with the State Equal Opportunities Act.

Applications from suitable severely disabled persons and persons with equivalent disabilities are expressly encouraged.

Applications must include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page concept of research and teaching, up to two pages detailing a future profile of the Clinical Linguistics in Bielefeld, list of publications with up to 10 of the most important highlighted, copies of diplomas, list of research activities and acquired research funds, list of courses and lectures given, and teaching evaluations. Please refrain from submitting publications at this stage.

Please submit your application online via the University of Bielefeld’s vocation portal by October 27, 2022:


Bielefeld University
Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies
Postfach 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld


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