Position: Professor for Transformative Change in Social Science and Humanities
Location: Linz, Austria
Institution: Johannes Kepler University
Deadline: August 30, 2023
Professor for Transformative Change in a Social Science and Humanities Perspective (for female applicants)
In accordance with § 94 Sec. 2 subpara. 1 of the 2002 Austrian Universities Act, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics & Business at the Johannes Kepler University Linz announces a faculty opening for a female University Professor for “Transformative Change in a Social Science and Humanities Perspective”. There is also an intended affiliation to the new Linz Institute for Transformative Change.
The Johannes Kepler University Linz invites applications for a permanent professorship position under private law for
Transformative Change in a Social Science and Humanities Perspective
to begin immediately. The appointment is in accordance with § 98 of the Austrian Universities Act. An evaluation will be conducted after a five-year period.
In accordance with the concept to support the advancement of women (the JKU Plan for the Advancement of Women), the position is open solely to female applicants.
The successful candidate is expected to focus on the conditions, trajectories and consequences of past and present transformation processes with regard to future challenges. The complexities of the economic, social, political, cultural, ecological, etc. dimensions of transformations are to be taken into account to the greatest extent possible. Research perspectives regarding transition and transformation should be rooted in one or more disciplines in the field of social sciences and humanities (history, philosophy, political science, sociology, etc.). In addition, applicants are expected to initiate and engage in interdisciplinary collaboration efforts, particularly with others in the fields of social sciences and humanities. An area of concentration in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable:
- Socio-ecological transition and transformation
- The relationships between socio-economic transition, transformation, and political order
- Systemic transition and transformation as part of national, transnational, and global conflicts and collaborative relations
- The methodological and theoretical foundations in the study of transformation
The successful candidate must hold a habilitation/post-doc – or internationally recognized academic qualifications deemed equivalent to a habilitation/post-doc – in a discipline under the subject area of social sciences and humanities (history, philosophy, political science, sociology, etc.), and demonstrate research conducted in one of the above-mentioned content areas.
- Outstanding publications in terms of quality and visibility and in relation to the respective disciplinary cultures
- Acquired (national and international) external funding and research grants as awarded by funding bodies
- International experience at various universities and/or research institutions
- A demonstrated record of interdisciplinary partnerships and collaboration efforts
- Educational/teaching experience at universities in Austria or abroad
Detailed information about the position is available at:
An annual gross salary above the minimum amount of € 81,571.00 as stated in the collective agreement will be voluntarily offered.
If you have any questions, please contact Univ. Prof. Dr. Julian Reiss, P+43 732 2468 3680,
Information about the application process:
When assessing the candidates’ accomplishments, performance, and future potential, the JKU will take the candidates’ individual background and personal history into account by acknowledging that academic and professional success and accomplishments can happen at different stages in life (and can include periods of reduced employment, or career interruption on account of having to provide care, childcare, etc.). In this regard, qualifications are assessed and evaluated in terms of equal opportunity, taking life-course factors, such as academic age, into account.
The Johannes Kepler University wishes to increase the proportion of academic female faculty and in support of the JKU’s Development Plan, this position is open explicitly to female applicants. The university welcomes applications from qualified female applicants who have disabilities. These applications will be given special consideration.
Prospective applicants are asked to submit their application in adherence to the criteria stated in the job profile including all requested documentation (CV, application form etc.), in electronic form via e-mail to the Rector of the Johannes Kepler University Linz: application[at]jku.at by August 30, 2023.
If the documents cannot be sent electronically, 5 copies are to be sent by postal mail and should arrive at the Rector’s office no later than one week after the end of the application deadline.