Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
Veröffentlicht am: 19.02.2021

Professur "Politikwissenschaft: Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft" (W2/W3)/Full Professorship "Political Science: Comparative Politics" (W2/W3)

Fakultät Kulturwissenschaften, Institut für Politikwissenschaft (IPW) und Zentrum für Demokratieforschung (ZDEMO), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg

Bewerbungsfrist: 05.04.2021

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You are passionate about addressing current societal challenges in the 21st century in your research and teaching, focussing the transformation of modern democracy and its foundations in a vibrant, open and humane civil society. You are committed to academic excellence and societal relevance in your work and create an inspiring and dedicated environment in research, teaching, and learning. You bring your experience of international collaboration and ideally long-term international research and/or teaching stays into our academic community.

With a focus on research on democracy, the comparison of political systems, and methods of comparative politics, you analyse such challenges as climate change, digitalization, migration and social integration, individualization, value change, globalization and the like from a political science perspective open to interdisciplinary cooperation. Your specific and distinct profile in the comparative analysis of democratic transformations is demonstrated by relevant projects as well as publications and complements one or more of the focal areas of research at the CSD. You have widely published articles in relevant peer-reviewed national and in particular international journals or with respected publishing houses and bring experience in and initiatives for attracting external research funding for developing innovative research opportunities. You are enthusiastic about developing research on democracy at the CSD further in cooperation with colleagues from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond as part of Leuphana University’s Cultural Research Initiative. You are eager to elaborate a joint agenda with researchers from the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, among others. You are active in shaping the democratic framing of Leuphana’s university-wide profile themes under the headings of sustainability, civil society and digitalization. You demonstrate a strong dedication and (for W2: ideally) experience in creating broader collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams and themes, which aim specifically at large-scale project frames, in particular EU-Horizon grants, European Research Council (ERC) grants and Coordinated Programs by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

In teaching, you participate in all study programmes at the IPS where you cover the entire breadth of Comparative Politics as a sub-field of political science and bring in your unique research interests. You are dedicated to the highest standards of university didactics/innovative approaches to teaching and learning and commit to the unique Leuphana teaching model. You actively engage in developing study programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in academic self-government and are open to contribute to Leuphana’s CPD study programme. The proven capability and willingness to teach courses in English is a prerequisite, as is the commitment to participate in teaching evaluations and the development of courses at Leuphana.

For this position, we are seeking a committed researcher with an outstanding international research profile in combination with a track record of unique ideas put into action, impacting their field as well as society. Your academic work gives evidence of innovative contributions to teaching and research, your talent for cooperating with partners inside and outside academia and your strong commitment to interdisciplinary dialogue. Women are especially invited to apply.

You have very good English skills and have already taught courses in English. If you do not yet have a sufficient knowledge of German, we expect you to be willing to acquire a sufficient knowledge of the German language within an appropriate period of time.

Formal requirements according to § 25 of the Universities Act of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz, NHG) are a university degree in political science; your aptitude for teaching; and your ability to engage in independent academic research as demonstrated by the outstanding quality of your dissertation; and additional academic achievements obtained i.e. in the course of being an assistant professor, during your postdoctoral lecture qualification (German: Habilitation) or other achievements recognized as being equivalent to a postdoctoral qualification.

At Leuphana you will find an academic community that is open to changes in perspective and cultivates the dialogue among the different disciplines as well as between research and practice. With spirit and initiative, we address the challenges of civil society in the 21st century. Pursuing our idea of liberal education, our students are enabled to think, question and act upon it. Our professors foster the awareness of gender and diversity aspects in teaching as well as research.

For further information, please contact the dean of the faculty, Prof. (apl.) Dr. Ulf Wuggenig ( or the head of the institute for Political Science, Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz (

Leuphana University is an equal opportunities employer.

Please submit your application consisting of the following materials in two separate PDF files: a) motivation letter, CV, copies of academic degrees and b) three relevant publications. Applications should be sent preferably by email to or to the President of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Post Box 2440, Lüneburg D-21314 by April 5, 2021. Please be aware that we cannot return application documents sent physically.

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The complete call for applications is available for download here.