Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat position

Full professorship in Sinology at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU)

The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites applications for a W3 Heisenberg Professorship for the Intellectual and Cultural History of China at the Institute for Middle Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations to be filled by the earliest possible starting date. The professorship has an initial fixed term of three years and may be made permanent depending on positive evaluation after three years.

The successful candidate is expected to represent the field adequately in teaching and research and teach in all degree programmes in which the discipline of sinology is involved. Candidates must have excellent knowledge of modern and classical Chinese, as well as proven research expertise in the intellectual and cultural history of the cultural region of China, such as knowledge transfer and cultural translation between Chinese and Western Civilization. The willingness to participate in the research areas of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities ‘Fate, Freedom and Prognostication’ ( and relevant research networks at FAU is expected.

The professorship is being established as part of the DFG Heisenberg Programme and is dependent on the candidate’s successful application to the DFG for a Heisenberg professorship following the appointment procedure at FAU.  Prerequisites for the position are a university degree, university level teaching experience, a doctoral degree, and additional academic qualifications. These should be in the form of a Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) or equivalent academic publications. The necessary qualifications may also have been acquired in a non-university context or through a junior faculty position (e.g. W1 Professor or Assistant Professor).

FAU expects applicants to become actively involved in the administration of academic affairs and welcomes experience in managing research projects and raising third-party funding. FAU pursues a policy of intense student mentoring and therefore expects its teaching staff to be present during lecture periods. FAU is a family-friendly employer and is also responsive to the needs of dual career couples. In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.

Please submit your complete application documents (CV, list of publications, list of lectures and courses taught, copies of certificates and degrees, list of third-party funding) online at by 13.10.2017, addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology, Professor Rainer Trinczek. Please contact with any questions.

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