Job advertisement

Vacancy ID: 222/2022
Closing date: 2022-07-31


Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Institute of Geography at the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena seeks to fill the position of a

(pre-doctoral) Research and teaching associate (d/f/m)

starting October, 1st 2022.
The position is assigned to the Junior Professorship for Social Geography (Prof. Dr. Simon Runkel). The research of the workgroup Social Geography is interested in current aspects of societal, demographic and global change from a spatial perspective.

Your responsibilities:

    • Support faculty teaching in the field of Human Geography (2 teaching hours per week/semester)
    • Support workgroup research in ongoing and future research projects in the field of Social and Political Geography
    • Support the organization of studies and teaching and assistance with organizational tasks within the workgroup
    • Work on an own scientific qualification project, e.g. doctorate

Your profile:

    • Qualified university degree (Master) in (Human) Geography or in a related discipline with a high affinity to social and political theories
    • Excellent knowledge of current debates and theories in human geography, sociology and political sciences
    • Verifiable knowledge on empirical social or ethnographic research methods
    • Excellent English communication skills (both written and spoken), very good German skills (both written and spoken), any other language skills would be desirable
    • Willingness for residence in Jena or vicinity

We offer:

    • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. Job Ticket (benefits for public transport) and occupational pensions (VBL)
    • An exciting collegiate research atmosphere with considerable scope for creativity and international cooperation
    • University health promotion and a family-friendly working environment with flexible working hours
    • Salary in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement for the public sector of the Federal States (TV-L) in accordance with personal qualifications up to salary scale E13

The position is based on a fixed-term contract (3 years). This position is a part-time position with 50% of a full-time employment (20h/week). Persons with disabilities with equal qualifications and aptitude are given preferential consideration.

Applications should include all relevant documents (CV, copies of certificates etc.), a short exposé on the applicant’s research interests (one page) and a short proposal on how to innovate digital teaching at the university (one page). Applications with reference to the registration number 222/2022 need to be submitted in electronic form (one PDF document) to Prof. Simon Runkel by email ( no later than July, 31th 2022. Selected applicants will be invited to a personal or digital recruitment meeting taking place in August 2022.

Prof. Dr. Simon Runkel
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Chemisch-Geowissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Geographie
Juniorprofessur für Sozialgeographie
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena

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