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Chair of Modern and Contemporary History (m/f/d) at the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies
Aktualität: 15.09.2023


15.09.2023, Universität Passau
The Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau invites applications for the tenured civil-service post of

Chair of Modern and Contemporary History (pay grade W3)

to start on 1 April 2025. Candidates must have a strong research track record in modern and/or contemporary history covering at least two centuries. As the chairholder, you will teach a comprehensive range of topics from the European historical period from 1500 to today. A focuson German and European history of the 19th and 20th centuries is desired. Through your contributions to teaching and research you will help ensure that students receive a rigorous education in history and that early career researchers are thoroughly trained in this subject area. You will be open to intradisciplinary diversity and on that basis seek to establish interconnections with the other sub-disciplines of history as well as the neighbouring academic disciplines represented at the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies. You will teach courses for our history degree programmes, the teacher education programmes with history as a teaching subject as well as other degree programmes administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies and the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences. You will be expected to take a proactive role in interdisciplinary research projects and should have previous experience in the acquisition and implementation of third-party-funded projects. Additional competences in auxiliary sciences of history and digital history would be desirable, as would experience with international collaborative projects and comparative cultural approaches.

Academics at our five faculties conduct research, teaching and knowledge transfer activitiesat the cutting edge and according to the most exacting standards. Europe, sustainability and digitalisation are particular focal points of intensive inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration within the University and with our many national and international partners. As a sustainable, internationally visible and attractive university in and for Europe, the University of Passau seeks to make important contributions to solving the numerous challenges facing humanity both globally and locally.

The Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies is a research-strong, dynamic faculty that stands out for the interdisciplinary and international nature of its research and teaching as well as its wide range of degree programmes and courses. The subject areas cultural and media studies, humanities and Catholic theology are characterised by thematic, methodological and spatial diversity in teaching as well as in basic and applied research.

The successful candidate will be educated to doctoral level and have demonstrated both pedagogical aptitude and academic excellence, whereby the latter is generally established on the basis of the quality of his or her doctoral research and subsequent academic achievements.He or she will, furthermore, possess the German formal postdoctoral habilitation qualification or an equivalent body of academic achievements garnered whilst employed at an institution of higher education, for instance as a juniorprofessor or in a comparable position with a different title (e.g. assistant professor or lecturer), insofar as the duties and qualification profile correspond to those of a juniorprofessor position, or by leading a junior research group under the conditions specified in Art. 98(10) sentence 5 of the Bavarian Higher Education Innovation Act (BayHIG); the habilitation-equivalent achievements may also have been attained outside the higher education system. In accordance with Art. 60(3) sentence 1 BayHIG, candidates must not be more than 52 years of age at the time of their appointment.

The University of Passau actively promotes equal opportunities for all genders as well asdiversity in the workforce; therefore, applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the requisite qualifications,
without regard to gender, cultural or social background, religion, world view, disability or sexual identity. As the University wishes to raise the proportion of women in research and teaching, female academics are expressly encouraged to apply. This position is suitable for people with disabilities; registered disabled persons are given preference over non-disabled applicants who do not otherwise have statutory preferentialstatus if their overall personal aptitudes, skills and qualifications are equal.

To be considered, your application must reach the University by 30 September 2023. Your full application should include all relevant supporting documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications, teaching assignments, teaching evaluations etc.) and should preferably be sent by e-mail to It should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies of the University of Passau, Professor Malte Rehbein, 94030 Passau. When e-mailing your application, all application documents should be attached as a single pdf file. Applications received electronically will be kept on file for six months after the conclusion of the appointment process, at which time they will be deleted from our systems.

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Chair of Modern and Contemporary History (m­­/­­f­­/­­d) at the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies