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The Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies of Bielefeld University seeks to fill three professorships in Latin Literary Studies, General and Comparative Literature, and German Literature as of October 1, 2024.

Literary Studies at Bielefeld University includes English and American Studies, German Studies, Latin Studies, Romance Studies, and General and Comparative Literature. With shared broader theoretical and methodological interests, the respective disciplines have come together to form a differentiated association of literary studies disciplines that deals with European and non-European literatures from Antiquity through the medieval and early modern periods to the present in their manifold interactions and connections. Thematic and methodological foci––such as research on literature for children and young adults, the investigation into European Jewish literatures or the reflection on quantitative and qualitative methods as well as postcolonial and gender studies––contribute to the profile just as much as an interest in the global context––the Americas or West Africa. The historically and systematically differentiated literary studies disciplines at Bielefeld University integrate perspectives from the history of culture, media, society, and knowledge.

To strengthen our team, we welcome applications from candidates who are highly committed to both teaching and research to fill the following position:

Professor of General and Comparative Literature (W3)

We seek a nationally and internationally recognized scholar. The holder of this position is expected to teach and conduct research in General and Comparative Literature. Applicants are expected to have a historical and systematic focus on European literature, including German literature (18th to 21st centuries), as well as a proven research interest in theoretical and methodological aspects of Comparative Literature. Experience in obtaining external funding and in interdisciplinary collaborative research is desired.

In teaching, participation in the specialized Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Literary Studies, especially the new Bachelor’s degree program in Literary Studies, is expected. Relevant experience in university teaching must be shown.

Bielefeld University attaches high importance to interdisciplinary collaboration within the faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies and to cross-faculty cooperation. Therefore, it is expected that the future holder of the position will expand the cooperation with other philological disciplines and will be involved in the development of joint projects.

According to § 36 HG NRW, the prerequisites for employment are your completed university degree in literary studies, exceptional performance in academic work, as demonstrated by the superior quality of your doctoral thesis, suitable pedagogical skills, as shown in your previous education or as well as additional postdoctoral research achievements, which will be evaluated exclusively and comprehensively in the appointment procedure.

Applications from suitable severely impaired and equally disabled persons are explicitly welcome.

The faculty regards the equality of women and men as important and its implementation as part of the future holder’s responsibilities.

Bielefeld University has received several rewards for its success in gender equality and is certified as a family-friendly university. Bielefeld University welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true in the academic field. It handles applications in accordance with the State Equal Opportunities Act. Family times will be considered in the context of the selection decision.

Bielefeld University supports dual-career constellations to establish a common centre of life and work.

Applications should consist of: a cover letter, your resumé/curriculum vitae outlining your academic career, a 3-page presentation of your research and teaching concepts, that is aligned with the profile of the position in Bielefeld, a list of publications identifying up to 10 of the most important publications relating to the position advertised, a list of your research activities and, if applicable, third-party funding you have initiated, a list of the courses you have taught and other evidence of your teaching qualifications. Please refrain from submitting writings for the time being.

Please submit your application online via the University of Bielefeld’s vocation portal by October 11, 2023:


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

For further information, please contact Professor Dr. Mona Körte, spokesperson for Literary Studies, Romance Studies and Latin (

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