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Professorship for History and Philosophy of Medicine

Fakultät für Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie, Universität Bielefeld

Job category Senior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Philosophy and History of Medicine
AOS categories Philosophy of Science
AOC Medical Humanities
AOC categories Philosophy of Science
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Job description

Help us shape the new Medical School at Bielefeld University: interprofessional, future-oriented, diverse, and strong in research and teaching
Bielefeld University stands for interdisciplinarity, high research and teaching quality, and the further development of gender-equitable university culture. A wide variety of disciplines, perspectives, and people work together in an interdisciplinary way to ensure innovative research and teaching at the highest level. To approximately 25.000 students, a differentiated range of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technical sciences is open. Besides its international orientation, Bielefeld University is excellently networked in the medium- sized city and region.
A new course of study in human medicine currently is created at Bielefeld University, which will begin teaching in the winter semester of 2021/22. In context with the foundation of the Medical School at Bielefeld University, there are two professorships to fill within the Medical Humanities. The professors will be members of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology and at the same time members of the Medical School. The appointment procedure will be carried out jointly by both faculties.
The topic area of ethics, philosophy of science, and history of medicine is of particular importance at Bielefeld University. In teaching, the holders of these professorships are responsible for the ethical, historical, and scientific-theoretical elements of the core curriculum and the establishment and further development of the profile area Medical Humanities. In research, the embeddedness in the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology stand for the claim to design scientific projects in interaction with the subjects of philosophy and history. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I²SoS), among others, provides a sound basis for this interdisciplinary networking.

Besides, we expect that the position holders participate actively in developing the medical research profile of the Medical Faculty.

The following further prerequisites apply for filling the professorship:
Professorship for History and Philosophy of Medicine (W2 tenure track W2) 
Expected are

  • an internationally visible personality, capable of representing the subjects of history of medicine and philosophy of medicine (as a part of philosophy of science) entirely in research and teaching
  • a university degree in history, philosophy, human medicine, or in a subject relevant to the history and philosophy of medicine
  • excellent research achievements in at least one of the two subjects as well as proven research in the other, ideally integration of both research subjects
  • international publication activity
  • teaching experience in the history and philosophy of medicine
  • experience in the acquisition (and management) of third-party funded projects
  • experience in interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and/or research
  • a Ph.D. in history (ideally in the field of history of medicine), or in the philosophy of science (ideally in the field of philosophy of medicine), or in a related field
  • additional scientific achievements after the doctorate in the history of medicine and/or the philosophy of medicine, according to § 36 para. 1, item 4 HG NRW, which qualify the candidate for the professorship
  • the willingness to further develop the field of Medical Humanities in research and teaching in a cooperative way (especially with the holder of the professorship for ethics in medicine)
  • the willingness to participate in the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy, and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS)

Desired are

  • experience and commitment to the promotion of young researchers
  • experience in teaching/research on gender or diversity topics

The process of building up the Medical School at Bielefeld offers a great deal of creative freedom and is associated with a wide range of challenges. We would like to offer these professorships to people who will help us shaping this development in research and teaching creatively and ambitiously. Also, committed participation in the university academic self-administration is part of the job profile. The teaching load comprises 9 LVS each according to § 3 para. 1 no. 1 LVV from the start of the study program. 

Applications from suitable severely disabled persons and persons with disabilities of equal status are expressly encouraged. 
Bielefeld University has received several awards for its success in equal opportunities and is certified as a family-friendly university. Among other things, Bielefeld University pursues a committed equal opportunities policy concerning the appointment of professorships and would expressly like to invite qualified female applicants to apply. Applications are treated in accordance with the State Equality Act. Family times are considered positively in the context of the selection decision. 
Both Faculties consider equality between women and men to be an essential task, and the future jobholder will be involved in its implementation. 
Bielefeld University promotes dual-career couples and supports them with a range of services to help them create a common place of work and life.

How to apply
Application type Online
Please submit applications with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications with identification of the ten most important publications, list of courses, copies of academic certificates) by 30.04.2021 via the online appointment portal of the Medical School: https://berufungen.uni-bielefeld.de/. In addition to the usual application documents and information, we ask you to submit a two-page teaching and research concept that refers to the Medical School planned profile, the cooperation possibilities at the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, and previous relevant experience. The concept paper should also include current and/or future gender- and diversity- specific content of relevance for the advertised professorship. Furthermore, we expect a brief outline of your planned equal opportunities activities, especially with regard to the promotion of young female scientists and the compatibility of career and family.
Web address to apply https://berufungen.uni-bielefeld.de/
Hard deadline April 30, 2021, 7:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelle...
Contact name Dean Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Kramper
Contact email
Contact phone +49 (0) 521/106-3004 (secretariat Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Kramper)
Time created April 6, 2021, 3:55pm UTC
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