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Akademische/r Mitarbeiter/in (Assistant Professor), Buddhist Studies

25. Jan. 2018

The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) at Heidelberg University is looking to appoint a full-time “Akademische/r Mitarbeiter/in” (equivalent to Assistant Professor / Maître de Conférence) within its Department of Buddhist Studies.

The assistant will be expected to teach in the framework of Bachelor and Masters programmes (2-4 hours per week per semester), to support the professor for Buddhist Studies in research, teaching and supervision of students, and to assist in organizational and administrative affairs. Duties will include participating actively in research activities and administrative work of the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies and the Center for Asian and Transcultural Studies, and appropriate wider duties in academic serve within the university.

Candidates should have completed a PhD in Buddhist Studies or related fields. Candidates should have an excellent command of at least one classical Buddhist language, but candidates with expertise in more than one will be preferred. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching, and to work in a team. Computer skills applicable to the tasks attached to the position, including programming skills, will be an advantage.

Within Buddhist Studies, we will consider candidates with specialization in all geographic regions and sub-traditions, but prefer specialization that complements that of the professor (Radich), rather than overlapping with it. Preference will also be given to candidates who work on transcultural dynamics within Buddhist Studies, as emphasized by the HCTS and other parts of the institutional setting; and to candidates whose work includes application of computational humanities methods, or lends itself to expansion into such areas. Candidates should be prepared to discuss their own ongoing programme of research.

The position will initially be for three years, with optional extension. The position should be filled by April 1 2018. The salary corresponds to level TVL-13 of the German public service salary scale.

Please submit a CV with publication list, copies of university degree transcripts, and a sketch of current and future research projects (2-3 pages), preferably by email (all required documents combined into a single PDF, with no further attachments) to, or by physical post to the address given below. In the latter case please send only photocopies; originals will not be returned.

The application deadline is 14 February 2018. Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible thereafter, ideally during the second half of February.

Heidelberg University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications and competence will be given preference


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