Opportunity: Junior Professor of Science & Technology Studies of the Global South

University: University of Bayreuth

Faculty: The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Job: Junior Professor (pay grade: W1) of Science & Technology Studies of the Global South with Tenure Track to W3

Position Type: Fixed-term civil service position.

Minimum salary per month: 4,912 Euros

Start date: As soon as possible

Submission Deadline: 10 August 2021

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching.

This professorship has been designed with a focus on the production, circulation, and adaptation of technologies. We are looking for a scholar with a profile in social or cultural research who has an excellent track record in empirical research on these issues and who is located in or closely connected to Science and Technology Studies (STS). A successful candidate will have an empirical and practice-theoretical research methodology. Their research and teaching interests will take into account questions of knowledge production and the political location of technologies and enable innovative approaches to the material and social aspects of technology. A regional research focus in the Global South is required, including attention to the social dimensions of technology transfer in the context of global interconnections. A regional focus on Africa is preferred, as the professorship is to be integrated into research projects in the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" and in focus on African Studies. A topical focus on questions of global justice, risk or innovation (particularly in the context of energy technologies), mobility, digitalization, climate change, nutrition, or global health is preferred. Institutionally, the professorship is to be based in the Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology, and the creation of synergies with other disciplines is expressly sought.
The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality.  Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best-practice association “Family at University,” and it offers dual career support for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.
Applications (CV outlining education and academic career, list of publications, list of courses taught, experience obtaining external funding, as well as copies of all diplomas and certificates) are to be submitted electronically to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Ralf Behrwald via https://uni-bayreuth.berufungsportal.de by 10.08.2021. Applicants are welcome to direct questions and requests for further information to the Dean at dekanat.kuwi@uni-bayreuth.de. Application documents will be deleted in accordance with data protection law upon conclusion of the appointment process.
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