FEATURED JOB: Research Associate - Postdoc or Praedoc / Academic staff member Postdoc or Praedoc in General and Comparative Literature / Comparative Literature - Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

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For an English version of this job posting please see https://karriere.uni-mainz.de/files/2023/01/00123-05-wiss-ml-EN.pdf

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. In the Rhine-Main science region, it unfolds its high performance, innovative strength and dynamism. As a full university, JGU enables teaching and learning that transcends subject boundaries and opens up great potential for internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research. JGU combines almost all of its facilities on a campus close to the city center - a place of lively academic culture for researchers, teachers and students from all continents.

General and Comparative Literature Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Script-Oriented Media Faculty 05 Philosophy and Philology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz

Research Associate (m/f/d) | General and Comparative Literature

Postdoc (full-time/100%) or Praedoc (part-time/2x 50%)

Comparative Studies in Mainz is one of the few national and international locations where general and comparative literature studies, in addition to general fundamental questions of the subject (focus on 'literary theory'), are very dedicated both to questions of the internationalization/globalization of literature (focus 'world literature') as well as from a media-comparative perspective and taking into account digital change/digital media. The position to be filled is assigned to the W3 professorship for "General and Comparative Literature", which has been held by Univ.-Prof. dr Irina Rayevsky is occupied. This is linked to an expansion and redesign of the teaching and research focus 'Media Comparative Studies'; is expected at the same time

The position can be filled either by a full-time postdoc (100%) or by two part-time praedocs (2x 50%).

Your tasks:

  • Support for the holder of the professorship in research and teaching in the field of general and comparative literature (AVL)/comparative media
  • Research achievements in the field of general and comparative literature/media comparative studies with the aim of habilitation or equivalent achievements (postdoc) or dissertation (predoc)
  • Assumption of tasks in the area of ​​academic self-administration and other tasks in the work area of ​​Prof. Dr. Irina Rajewsky and in the department for AVL of the Gutenberg Institute (incl. examination tasks; student counseling; participation in the conception, planning and implementation of national and international workshops, conferences, etc.)
  • Independent implementation of courses in the field of AVL in the amount of 4 SWS at BA and possibly MA level (postdoc) or in the amount of 2 SWS at BA level (Praedoc)
  • Participation in the design and further development of the Mainz comparative studies courses (including e-learning strategies)
  • In particular for postdoc applications: Participation in the application for and implementation of third-party funded projects and the establishment of national and international research networks

Your profile:
In addition to the general employment law requirements, applicants must also meet the recruitment requirements set out in Section 57 of the Rhineland-Palatinate Higher Education Act.

Required are:

  • University degree in the humanities with an above-average degree, preferably in AVL/comparative studies or in a related discipline
  • for postdoc applications: above-average doctorate in the field of AVL/comparative studies, a single philology or in a related discipline in the humanities or media culture (provided that sound competences in the field of literary studies can be proven at the same time)
  • Innovative research project with the goal of habilitation or equivalent achievements (postdoc) or dissertation (predoc) in the field of AVL/media comparative studies, preferably with links to the research priorities of the work area
  • Commitment in teaching and in the individual support of students
  • Willingness and ability to represent the subject of AVL in teaching in its general foundations and historically and systematically in sufficient breadth
  • Willingness to familiarize yourself with new subject areas within AVL/media comparative studies
  • Organizational talent, ability to work in a team, communicative and social skills
  • German language skills at native level and very good knowledge of English

Desired are:

  • Very good knowledge of at least one other foreign language
  • Good knowledge of at least two literatures in different languages
  • Interest in theoretical questions or in a theoretical-systematic literary studies
  • Familiarity with newer approaches to literary/cultural/media theory formation and current issues in the context of AVL
  • Interest in mediality-theoretical questions and questions of media comparison
  • Interest in current media culture and practice and in current media culture scientific debates in the context of digital change/digitally networked media
  • Very good editorial skills (editing/proofreading, typesetting, layout)

Especially for postdoc applications:

  • Familiarity with the basics and newer approaches in the field of literary studies based on mediality theory or comparative media studies based on literary studies (e.g. regarding questions of inter- and transmediality research, transmedia studies , etc.)
  • Experiences in university teaching
  • Experience in conducting interdisciplinary teaching and/or research projects
  • Experience in applying for and implementing third-party funded projects
  • Experience in editing or publishing scientific publications

We offer you:

  • a varied activity in a dynamic and challenging scientific environment, with diverse inter- or transdisciplinary and international connection opportunities;
  • the opportunity to actively participate in a forward-looking realignment of comparative studies in Mainz;
  • the integration into a team context in which great emphasis is placed on close cooperation and mutual exchange;
  • active promotion of young academics within the Mainz Comparative Studies department as well as extensive promotion of young researchers and personnel development offers on the part of JGU;
  • flexible working time arrangements;
  • Job ticket optionally in the entire Rhine-Main area.

The position is remunerated according to EG 13 TV-L and is to be filled on April 1, 2023 , initially for a limited period of three years.

The position is for academic qualifications (Habilitation or qualifications equivalent to a habilitation when applying as a postdoc; doctorate when applying as a praedoc).

As a place of diversity, JGU welcomes qualified applications from people with different backgrounds. She strives to increase the proportion of women in the scientific field and is therefore particularly interested in applications from women. People with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are suitably qualified.

Please send your significant application documents (cover letter/letter of motivation, CV, list of publications and courses, if applicable, certificates [incl. Abitur], sketch of an existing or possible habilitation or dissertation project of max. 3-5 pages) summarized in one PDF file stating the reference number: 00123-05-wiss-ml by e-mail to irina.rajewsky@uni-mainz.de and (in 'cc') by February 13 , 2023 to the secretariat of the “General and Comparative Studies” department Literary Studies” from the Gutenberg Institute ( instavl@uni-mainz.de ).

Please indicate in the subject line of your e-mail whether you are applying as a postdoc or praedoc, and include the addition 'postdoc' or 'praedoc' in the name of the PDF file with your application documents.

Please also submit your dissertation (when applying as a postdoc) or your master’s thesis or an equivalent thesis (when applying as a praedoc) including the references in a separate PDF file with the above-mentioned application documents. A published essay can also be attached to the application (in another PDF file).

If you have any questions, please contact Univ.-Prof. dr Irina Rajewsky, e-mail: irina.rajewsky@uni-mainz.de . See for the official job description (published on January 16, 2023): https://karriere.uni-mainz.de/files/2023/01/00123-05-wiss-ml.pdf

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Contact Info: 

Univ.-Prof. dr Irina Rajewsky
Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Printed Media
Dept. General and Comparative Literature
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
55128 Mainz