W 2 Professorship (m/f/o) for “Semantics and Lexicology of New High German”

Faculty of Humanities at the University of Kassel

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According to Section 64 (3) of the Higher Education Act of Hesse with a development commitment after a probationary period of 6 years to receive a permanent contract as a W 2 Professor.


The professorship is funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States.


The professor is expected to focus on German linguistics with a major emphasis on research into semantics and lexicology of New High German. As far as teaching is concerned (initially 4 hours, after the probationary period, 8 hours), the successful candidate will be expected to teach German linguistics for all the university courses (teaching degrees and BA/MA) across a wide curriculum.

The professorship is linked to a planned cooperation between the University of Kassel and the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The holder of the position should therefore become involved in academic tasks like the lexicographical research projects operated by the Academy, particularly the “Digital History of Words” project (ZDL), among other things. Previous experience in the field of lexicography and/or digital humanities is welcome.


Evidence of further qualifications, among other things, in the research fields of semantics and lexicology of New High German is therefore the prerequisite for receiving a W2 professorship after the probationary period. The latter will be concluded on the basis of an evaluation procedure.


The official tasks not only involve teaching and research, but also promoting young academics, e.g. as part of the “GeKKo” doctoral research programme, participation on the university’s committees and the internal administration of the university.


The candidate must not only have a doctorate degree and experience of university teaching, but also experience in academic research, particularly relevant publications in the fields of semantics and lexicology related to New High German. Experience in attracting outside funding would be an additional benefit.


The employment and performance requirements apply pursuant to §§ 61, 64 (3) of the Higher Education Act of Hessen.


Please send your application including CV, certificates, credentials, your, list of publications, presentation of research strategy, statement of teaching strategy, doctoral thesis, three additional selected publications, two of which you have written yourself, list of courses taught and, if applicable, course evaluations.


For additional information please contact Prof. Dr. O. Gätje (Tel.: 0561/804-3325, E-Mail: gaetje[at]uni-kassel[dot]de).


The Universität Kassel is highly interested in its employees’ professional satisfaction. Therefore its Dual Career Service and its Family Welcome Service aim to promote the balance between partnerships, families and professional development. Among the strategic goals of the Universität Kassel is to considerably increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Therefore, applications from women are especially desired. Applicants with disabilities, who are equally qualified and suitable, will receive preference. Applications can be sent, with reference number, in electronic form to the President of the Universität Kassel, 34109 Kassel or to bewerbungen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de. In the event of any differences between the German and English versions of this call for application, the German wording is legally binding.