23. November 2021 | Philosophische Fakultät

98/2021 W3-Professor of Communication Science with focus on Social Communication (f/m/d)

The Faculty of Philosophy, department for media and communication studies at the University of Erfurt intends to appoint to the following professorship at the earliest possible date:

W3-Professor of Communication Science with focus on Social Communication (f/m/d)

Area of Responsibility

The appointee should cover the entire field of communication studies in research and teaching with a special focus on structures and processes of social communication on a macro and meso level. The candidates should have a clear empirical orientation, should have a track-record in empirical research and focus on one of the following fields: sociology of communication, media economics, gender research, health communication, media socialization. The appointee’s research focus is expected to complement and further enhance the profile of the communication department in Erfurt. The appointee will contribute to teaching in the Bachelor‘s program - including qualitative and quantitative methods training - and in our Master‘s programs "Global Communication: Politics and Society", "Children's and Youth Media" and "Health Communication", in the Erfurt Doctoral and Postdoctoral Program (EPPP) "Communication and Digital Media" and in the Studium Fundamentale - an interdisciplinary teaching program for undergraduates.


In addition to the general employment law requirements, the employment requirements in accordance with § 84 of the Thuringian Higher Education Act must be met.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate considerable experience in and solid knowledge of communication theories, qualitative/quantitative or standardized/non-standardized research methods as evidenced by relevant, high-ranking publications. We expect all our professors to have a high level of commitment to teaching – also in the English language –, to be willing and able to raise third-party funds, and to take over academic administrative and management-level responsibilities.

Candidates are expected to have at least B2 level proficiency in German according to the Common European Framework for Languages. It is further expected that the proficiency level of the successful candidate will be at least C1 after three years in this post.


The German version of this vacancy notice alone is legally binding.

When first appointed to a professorship, employment may initially be on a temporary basis in accordance with § 86.1.4 of the Thuringian Higher Education Act.

The University of Erfurt is committed to diversity and gender equality and has received the rating "Equality Excellent" in the federal and state program for female professors. Increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching is one of the University's strategic goals, so qualified female scientists are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals with severe disabilities and those with equal status are given preference in the case of equal suitability, professional performance and ability.

The University of Erfurt is audited as a "family-friendly university" and promotes the compatibility of career and family. It offers dual careers, a wide range of continuing education opportunities and coaching, as well as health and prevention programs as part of the company's health management program.

The successful candidate is expected to take up residence in the Erfurt region.

Application and Deadline

Please send your complete application (resume, academic CV, list of publications, list of taught courses, course evaluations, list of third-party funding proposals (if applicable), copies of your qualifications) as well as the filled application form to the following contact, quoting the reference number. The application deadline is 15th January 2022.

Universität Erfurt • Philosophische Fakultät • Dean • Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmolinsky • Postfach 90 02 21 • 99105 Erfurt • e-mail: dekanat.philfak@uni-erfurt.de

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Reimbursement of Expenses

Please send copies of your documents only. For reasons of cost, we will destroy all application documents after the application procedure has been concluded. The University of Erfurt cannot compensate applicants for any expenses incurred.

Entgelt / Besoldung
Philosophische Fakultät, Universität Erfurt Nordhäuser Straße 63 99089 Erfurt
Universität Erfurt, Philosophische Fakultät, Dekanin, Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmolinsky, E-Mail: dekanat.philfak@uni-erfurt.de, Postfach 90 02 21 99105 Erfurt