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The professorship is located at the Institute for Islamic Studies.


The Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies seeks a scholar with the ability to cover the entire field in teaching. A research profile situated within the fields of history, cultural or social studies with a temporal focus on the 20th and 21st centuries is expected. The geographical focus should lie on the Arab world and complement the areas already covered at the department. Required are excellent knowledge of Arabic, familiarity with current theoretical approaches and research stays in the region.

Depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant, the employment will be either as an assistant professor (with tenure-track), as an associate professor or as a full professor. For the hiring of an assistant professor an outstanding dissertation and an advanced new research project preparing the habilitation is expected. Candidates for an associate or full professorship are required to have obtained the habilitation or an equivalent qualification. The language of instruction and administration at the University of Bern is German. Applicants are expected to acquire a good working knowledge of German within two years.

The University of Bern is committed to the principles of equality and the promotion of diversity in employment. In particular, it strives to increase the number of women in senior academic positions, and supports job sharing and dual-career hiring. The division of Humanities welcomes applications from people with disabilities, People of Color, and people who, in the Swiss context, are from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The application consists of an online questionnaire and the submission of a PDF (maximum 3 MB) including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, information on past teaching, teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and third-party funding, organized conferences and workshops and information on any activity within the fields media and public relations.

Date of Appointment: August 1st, 2022

Employer: Bern University, Faculty of Humanities

Working Time: 100% (job-sharing is possible)

Job Location: Bern

Application deadline: September 19, 2021

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Application documents – max. 3MB


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