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Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology and Theory of Science
The University invites applications for a
Full Professorship (W3) for Epistemology
and Theory of Science
This professorship is also particularly suitable for highly qualified early career researchers.
Fulltime position, Start-date: At the earliest possible date.
The University expects an excellent international academic record in (Historical) Epistemology,
Philosophy of Science and/or Theory of Science. More specifically, candidates
should demonstrate, in research and teaching, a historical and comparative perspective
on epistemology and methodology, and on the societal and cultural conditions and implications
of knowledge and science (understood in the broad sense of "Wissenschaft").
The University of Freiburg has successfully established the interdisciplinary four-year
"Liberal Arts and Sciences" (LAS) Bachelor Program for a total of 320 students within
the institutional framework of University College Freiburg (UCF). The development of a
research program in the area of epistemology and theory of science is at the discretion
of the position holder. Interdisciplinary research profiles that link to one of the LAS Majors
and to empirical research fields at the University will be favored (e.g. Environmental
Sciences, Life Sciences, Economics). Research cooperations between the humanities
and natural sciences could, for example, contribute to fields such as "Environmental
Humanities" or "Medical Humanities" or to research consortia such as the Clusters
of Excellence. Particularly desirable are research interests that resonate with the STS
professorship at UCF and support the existing cooperation with the Freiburg Institute of
Advanced Studies. A research focus that considers interdisciplinarity (e.g. understandings
of models, experiments, observations, concepts, representations, instruments, or
methods that cross disciplinary boundaries) and/or a broad approach towards "Reflections
on Science and Knowledge" are welcome.
The professorship's teaching responsibilities will focus on the LAS Program, especially
on epistemology and philosophy, theory, and history of science and knowledge. Courses
offered by the professorship are mainly situated in the LAS Core curriculum. In
addition, teaching in the four LAS Majors and in other programs is possible. A priority
of UCF, within a cross-departmental curriculum initiative, is the co-development of
courses offering "Reflections on Science and Knowledge" to students of various study
programs at the University of Freiburg.
The LAS Program's novelty for German higher education refers not only to its comprehensive
interdisciplinarity, but also to the innovative teaching contexts and methods.
Therefore, in addition to an excellent and international teaching record, a passion for
teaching and proven interest and experience in interdisciplinary and innovative approaches
to higher education, ideally in a Liberal Arts and Sciences context, are required.
Professors at UCF are responsible for UCF leadership and for the further development
of the LAS program and of UCF.
As the LAS Program is English-taught, excellent English proficiency in teaching and
research is required. The official language of the University is German. Non-native German
speakers are expected to learn German within three years.
Prerequisites for the employment of Professors are a university degree, an outstanding
dissertation and an excellent publication record. Substantial achievements and experience
in academic research and teaching, at the level of a Habilitation according to the
German academic system, are expected.
The following application documents are to be submitted: Curriculum vitae, Certificates
of degrees and academic qualifications, Complete list of publications and invited lectures
specifying the 10 most important publications, Grants awarded, Research profile
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised