Junior Professor (W1) Innovation and sustainability in Ibero-America

Deadline: September 30, 2020
Heidelberg University

The Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) at Heidelberg University, Germany, invites applications for a non-tenured position asJunior Professor (W1) Innovation and sustainability in Ibero-Americato be appointed as soon as possible. The position is available for a maximum tenure of six years, with an initial term of four years and a second term of two years, subject to successful evaluation.

Position remi tThe Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS) is a central research and teaching institution at Heidelberg University, Germany’s oldest university, at which the Ibero-America-related research of different university colleges (faculties) converges, offering a unique range of expertise to address interdisciplinary issues concerning this region.

The HCIAS collaborates in research and research training with the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE), especially in the context of a technological and societal transition from a fossil economy to a bioeconomy and the thereto related aspects of communication.In this job opening, we are looking for candidates with research strengths at the intersection of socio-technological change and economic innovation and sustainability in the Ibero-American context. Evidence of experience in applied, empirical, or experimental research on bioeconomy is essential.

The professorship enables and promotes interdisciplinary exchange, offering the successful candidate collaboration with the broad range of disciplines that intersectat the HCIAS and the HCE. The position is based at the HCIAS and will be filled in close cooperation with the HCE. The affiliation with a faculty is made depending on the disciplinary background of the successful candidate.

The junior professor is expected to implement individual and collaborative research projects concerning bioeconomy and sustainability transition in Ibero-America, with a particular focus on its social and communication dynamics. S/he will teach in an English/Spanish-taught MA and PhD program in Ibero-American Studies. Connection to the structured and interdisciplinary bioeconomy graduate program (BBW ForWerts) is expected.The teaching load is two courses per semester term before and three courses per semester term after the successful evaluation. The evaluation regulations can be accessed through the Human Resources Division of Heidelberg University.


In accordance with section 51 Landeshochschulgesetz Baden-Württemberg (the Baden-Württemberg State Higher Education Act), the successful candidate is expected to have an excellent Ph.D. or doctorate in economics,social sciences, economic geography, or a closely related field. S/he should have good pedagogical skills and teaching ability in English, as well as excellent publications and a promising research record in the relevant field(s). For applicants who have held academic positions in Germany before or after the doctorate, doctoral and pre-/post-doctoral employment phases together should not have exceeded six years.

Provided that the general legal (German civil service law) and budgetary regulations are fulfilled, the appointed candidate can obtain temporary civil service status.

Heidelberg University seeks to increase the number of women in positions in which they are underrepresented. Qualified female academics are especially invited to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants who are otherwise equally qualified for the position.

Source: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/md/hcias/images/call_w1_innovation_and_sustainability_in_ibero-america.pdf