Tenure-Track Position as Junior Professor of Public Law

Department of Law
Institute of Public Law

Tenure-Track Position as Junior Professor of Public Law
Salary grade: W1; after evaluation W2 with tenure

Reference code: 20/20/09030000

This tenure-track professor position is supported financially through the German federal and state governments’ tenure-track program to promote the careers of researchers early on. Applications from researchers who have just completed their doctoral degree and are in the early phase of their career are strongly encouraged.

The successful applicant will assume research and teaching responsibilities in the field of public law.

Appointment requirements are governed by Section 102a of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz – BerlHG).

The successful candidate will hold the first state examination under the German system of legal qualifications, or an equivalent qualification. They will also hold a doctoral degree in public law. Candidates will be preferred who also hold the second German state examination.

The successful applicant should ideally have a research focus in one of the following areas: the foundations of public law (e.g., constitutional law, theory of public law, general political theory) or administrative law and European law. They should demonstrate a record of excellent research activities, preferably in an international context, and have relevant teaching experience at the university level. The ability to teach in German and English is essential for this position.

Along with the regular official duties of professors listed in Section 99 of the Berlin Higher Education Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the following activities:

They will be expected to engage in innovative research and publish their findings in recognized journals in the field of public law. They should also show a strong commitment to developing teaching in the field, including the development of new teaching formats. In addition, they should be prepared to acquire and implement externally funded research projects. The new professor will also be expected to address gender and diversity issues as part of their teaching.

The position entails a three-year appointment as a civil servant for a fixed period (“Beamter/Beamtin auf Zeit”). Following a successful midterm review (“Zwischenevaluation”), the position can be ex-tended for another three years. If the appointee then successfully passes their tenure review, they will be appointed to a permanent professorship through a streamlined appointment procedure (i.e., the permanent appointment will not be advertised as a separate position). As part of this process, performance goals will be negotiated at the time the junior professor is hired. The fulfillment of those goals will be assessed as part of the tenure review (Section 102c of the Berlin Higher Education Act, §102 c BerlHG).

The performance goals will cover (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Promoting early-career researchers
  • Academic committee work
  • Leadership and management
  • Language proficiency

At the time of appointment to the permanent professorship, all general regulations and conditions regarding public sector employment must be fulfilled.

In addition, any candidates who are employed at Freie Universität Berlin as their main employer must comply with the regulations stipulated by the Berlin Higher Education Act, Section 102c, paragraph 3.

Applications should include a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification in German or English; a list of publications, a list of courses previously taught and evidence of teaching competence. Please include information on involvement in ongoing and future research endeavors, joint research projects, externally funded projects and, if necessary, language certificates. If applicable, please give information on teaching experience in primary and secondary education, partnerships with industry, inventions/patents, and spin-offs.

All materials, including a personal postal address and email, must be received no later than Novem­ber 11th, 2021, preferably electronically. Please indicate the reference code for the position when you submit your materials in one PDF file (maximum 5 MB), to the following address:

Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Law
z. Hd. Ursula Fritzges
Van't-Hoff-Straße 8
14195 Berlin

Email: personal@rewiss.fu-berlin.de

Application guidelines, general information on the appointment procedure, appointment require-ments for professorships at Freie Universität Berlin, and the regulations defined by the Berlin Higher Education Act which are relevant for professorships (Sections 99, 100, 101, 102a,102c BerlHG) can be found online: www.fu-berlin.de/bbs.