30 de junio de 2016

Professorship in Material Cultures of Knowledge: Göttingen


The University of Göttingen strives to foster the study of cultures of knowledge and the history of academic collections as well as scientific communication and aims at connecting research in the field of cultural sciences with structures and measures which are designed to ensure the maintenance of the academic collections and to improve their use for research, study and scientific communication.

Against this background, the University of Göttingen invites applications for a Professorship in “Material Cultures of Knowledge” at level W-3

The principal task of the successful candidate will be research and teaching in the field of cultures of knowledge with particular reference to material aspects, represented by Göttingen’s academic collections. This will include the study of provenance. S/he will also be expected to build up and lead a research team in these areas, serving as anchor for future projects in the domain of cultures of knowledge. This team will cooperate closely with departments, research-groups and colleagues who work on issues of cultures of knowledge, material culture and academic collections.

The successful candidate is also expected to take a leading role in the development of the graduate programme ‘Material Culture and the World of Scholarship’ and to join efforts to set up a museum devoted to the representation of cultures of knowledge and the world of scholarship, building on the rich collections of the University of Göttingen. In addition, the candidate will have a close association with the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH) and the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study (the Lichtenberg Kolleg).

In terms of expertise, the successful candidate will cover the following fields of study:

- the history of the sciences and humanities (18th-21st century)

- theory and history of material cultures of knowledge

- theories and cultural practices of academic collections

- exhibitions and curatorial activities as well as scientific communication.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and have a strong academic record of teaching and research in such disciplines and fields as the history of science, study of material culture, art history, literature, anthropology, cultural studies, etc. In addition, the ability to apply techniques and methods of the digitial treatment of objects (recording, presentation, and archiving) must be evident from the applicant’s past activities. The capacity to work 
with colleagues from other disciplines is an asset.

Further information on the position can be found under http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/533735.html.

Appointment prerequisites are laid down in Sections 25 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG).
As a Public Law Foundation, the University of Göttingen holds the right of appointment. Further particulars are available upon request.

We explicitly welcome applications from abroad. Under certain circumstances, part-time employment is possible.

Disabled persons with a corresponding aptitude for the position will be favoured. The University of Göttingen strives to increase its proportion of female staff in fields where women are underrepresented and expressly encourages qualified women to apply.

Application along with the usual documents must be submitted electronically to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Humboldtallee 17, 37073 Göttingen until 14 Juli 2016.