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Institution Faculty of Languages and Literatures - Department III - English and American Studies and Rachel Carsten Center (Environmental Humanities, Prof. Dr. Sonja Dümpelmann)
Remuneration group BesGr A13
Full-time / Part-time Full-time (100%)
Start date 2023-10-01 ( initially for three years)
Application deadline 2023-02-20

About us:

The Chair of Environmental Humanities is looking for two postdoctoral researchers to join the team. The positions will start on 1 October 2023 and will run for an initial period of three years with a possible extension of a further three years.
The newly created Chair is part of the renowned Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), an international center dedicated to the study of environment and society at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich. Faculty at the RCC lead and offer courses in the newly created Environment and Society Master of Arts program. The working language is English.

We are looking for you:

2 Teaching and Research Assistants (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

In addition to teaching two to three courses (5–7 hrs/week) per semester in the Environment and Society Master of Arts program, the candidates will contribute to shaping the academic events and activities at the Chair of Environmental Humanities and the RCC.
Depending on experience, the candidate’s responsibilities and tasks will include:

  • Teaching two or three courses (5 – 7 hrs/week) per semester in the new Environment and Society Master of Arts program

  • developing and completing a major research/book project

  • developing academic programs and organizing events

Your qualifications:

Candidates for this position are required to have:

  • a doctorate in a field related to the Environmental Humanities such as Environmental History, Landscape History, Architectural History, Art History (with a focus on environment or space), Urbanism, History of science, STS, Human Geography, Environmental Studies, Environmental Anthropology, Literary studies (with a focus on environment or space), or similar

  • excellent written and spoken English

  • excellent communication and organization skills and the ability to work well in a team

Candidates ideally have:

  • strong German language skills

  • grant writing experience

  • teaching experience


The positions are full-time (40.1 hours a week) and begin on 1 October 2023. Depending on the candidates’ previous contracts with German universities the successful candidates will be hired for an initial period of three years with a possible extension of a further three years (German Act of Fixed-Term Employment). The positions suit candidates who would like to gain experience working in the academic context and who are working on their first and/or second book projects.
The attractive compensation packages are based upon the tariff contracts for public service, level E/A13, commensurate with experience. This job is based in the city center of Munich. Working hours are flexible and LMU Munich offers a family-friendly working environment. As the candidates will be state employees, they are required to sign up for German health insurance and make contributions to the German tax and social welfare system. We especially seek applications from qualified individuals with disabilities and welcome applications from women.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, an academic writing sample, a teaching statement, a research statement, and the contact information of three references in a single PDF document to by 20 February 2022, writing “postdoctoral teaching and research position” into the email header’s subject line. Interviews will take place in April 2023.
Please understand that we are unfortunately unable to cover any possible costs you may incur in attending an interview at LMU.

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