Sunday, April 5, 2009

University of Göttingen - Tenure-track Professorships to build up Independent Research Groups

The newly founded Courant Research Centre "EDRIS -- Education and Religion from Early Imperial Roman Times to the Classical Period of Islam" at the University of Göttingen invites applications for three Tenure-Track Professorships to build up Independent Research Groups. The positions are available immediately, will be at the W1 salary scale (Junior Professorship), have a reduced teaching responsability (2 hrs/wk), six years of funding and a tenure-track option (W2/W3) depending on successful review after three and six years. 

As a first task, the successful candidates are expected to form and direct an Independent Junior Research Group in their field of specialization (Classical Studies, Jewish Studies, New Testament Studies, Patristic and Early Medieval Studies, Islamic Studies, and/or Religious Studies). 

The Courant Research Centre is seeking junior scholars with outstanding academic qualifications as documented by their research activities and publications, who will complement and strengthen the existing research program. We explicitly welcome applications from abroad. 

The objective of the new EDRIS research centre is to investigate educational concepts and methods and their interaction with religious beliefs from the Early Imperial Period of the Roman Empire to the Classical Period of Islam, ie. from the first to the thirteenth century CE. Interdisciplinary collaborative work at the Courant Research Centre will be carried out by three junior research groups, which will focus on three closely interconnected areas of study that are defined both culturally and chronologically as follows : 
  1.  Piety and Paideia : Religious Traditions and Intellectual Culture in the World of the Roman Empire (from the first to the fourth century CE). 
  2. Education at the Crossroads : Pagan, Jewish, and Christian Discourses in Late Antiquity (from the fourth to the ninth century CE). 
  3. Revelation, Reason, and Identity : Education in Early and Classical Islam (from the seventh to the thirteenth century CE). 
The University of Göttingen places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for female scholars and, therefore, strongly encourages qualified women to apply. As part of its support for gender equality, the University provides special assistance to ensure the compatibility of career and family and offers a Dual Career Service. Candidates with disabilities who are equally qualified for the position will receive special consideration. 

The application (in English) must include a cover letter (max. 2 pages), current CV, list of publications, the candidate's three most significant publications, details of external funding and awards, a three-page research plan outlining the candidate's envisioned contribution to the EDRIS Courant Research Centre, along with the names and addresses of three professional references. 

Applications must be submitted by 3 May 2009 via our online application platform at : 

Please note that the selection process will include a symposium scheduled for 12 June 2009, at which shortlisted candidates will be asked to present a research paper. 

For general information about the University of Göttingen and its research profile, please visit our web site at More specific information about the EDRIS Courant Research Centre is provided at You may also directly contact Prof. Sebastian Günther (Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies) or Prof. Peter Gemeinhardt (Chair of Church History) via e-mail :