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Full Professorship for “General Linguistics” (W3-S)

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Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities, Department of German Studies and Linguistics (IdSL)

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The Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) invite applications for a

Full Professorship for “General Linguistics” (W3-S)

at the Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities, Department of German Studies and Linguistics (IdSL)

combined with the position of

Director of the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS)

The position is to be filled starting October 1, 2022.


The appointment will be made via a joint procedure of the ZAS and HU with a reduced teaching commitment (amounting to 2 hours per semester week) at HU.

The ZAS is a non-university research institute under the organizational umbrella of the Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e. V. (GWZ) and a member of the Leibniz Association (https://www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/en.html).

The individual selected to fill the position will lead the ZAS as Scientific Director. The successful candidate will be thoroughly familiar with the German and international scientific system and will represent the research of the Centre both internally and towards the external community, especially at the interface of science, the general public and public policy.


The scope of the professorship includes the spectrum of General Linguistics, taking into account modern theoretical modelling and contemporary empirical methods as represented in the research areas of the ZAS (https://www.leibniz-zas.de/en/research/research-areas). The desired candidate is an international leader in the development of general linguistic theory and methods and has extraordinary innovative potential in developing and establishing new areas of research. They will represent the discipline of General Linguistics in research and teaching at the HU and cooperate with the linguistics professors of the faculty, for instance in collaborative research programs such as the CRC 1412 "Register". In addition, the successful candidate is expected to participate in other existing and future research collaborations in the Berlin/Brandenburg area.

The successful candidate will pursue the programmatic and structural development of the research areas of the ZAS against the background of the currently established focus on the integration of basic research and socially relevant applied perspectives, thus contributing to the long-term success and thematic development of the research profile of the ZAS.

Leadership skills and experience in managing research institutions or research consortia as well as in setting up and operating research infrastructure are required, as is experience in the strategic planning, acquisition and implementation of national and international research projects and in science management.

The Scientific Director, in cooperation with the other board members, is responsible for the overall management of the Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e. V. (GWZ); the scope of duties derives from the statutes of the GWZ in the applicable version (https://www.gwz-berlin.de/workspace/dokumente/gwz_satzung_120212.pdf). The assignment includes a teaching commitment of two hours per semester week in the Linguistics study programs at IdSL of HU Berlin; a more extensive commitment to the HU is desirable.

The applicants must meet the legal requirements for professorial appointments in accordance with § 100 of ’Berliner Hochschulgesetz’.

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Researchers from abroad are welcome to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.

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Please send your application including a curriculum vitae, copies of credentials, list of publications, description of teaching experience and of third-party funds acquired as well as a statement of your vision for the research program and future development of the ZAS over the next 7-14 years, i.e. 1-2 evaluation periods (length up to 5 pages) to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dean of Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities, Prof. Stefan Kipf, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany or preferably via e-mail in a single pdf file to berufungen.sprachlit@hu-berlin.de, quoting the reference number PR/005/21. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies only.

Please visit our website www.hu-berlin.de/stellenangebote, which gives you access to the legally binding German version.