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W3 Professorship in Modern English and American Literature


The Faculty of Language, Literature, Culture invites applications for a


W3 Professorship in Modern English and American Literature

as of now.


Reference is made to § 61 Para. 7 Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG) and to the conditions of employment based on § 62 HHG. Proficient knowledge of German is expected.



The successful candidate will represent the full range of Modem English and American Literature. Research foci should be in English literary history from the early modern period to the present and in literary theory. A focus on English literature and culture before 1800 as well as an interest in media theory and its interaction with the history of media and literature is desirable.


Teaching duties will include classes in all teacher training programs as well as BA and MA programs. The successful applicant is expected to be actively involved in the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) and in the International PhD Program in Literary and Cultural Studies (IPP) as well as in the PhDnet.


Contributing to the faculty's accent areas and to academic networking within the university is required.


We expect the successful candidate to collaborate in new research association initiatives and in the structural development of the faculty and the English department.


The professor should actively participate in pertinent international co-operations and engage in furthering the university's international profile through his/her own international connections.



We seek candidates with a first-rate PhD degree and additional academic achievements relevant for the field (e.g. Habilitation), who have proven their academic excellence in both research and teaching and have demonstrated international visibility and successful external fundraising.


In case the candidate exceeds the basic age limit of 50 years, a civil servant appointment under § 60 Para. 3 sentences 2 and 3 Hessian Higher Education Act (HHG) in conjunction with § 11 Hessian Career Regulation (HLVO) requires a specific functional interest.


Justus Liebig University of Giessen (JLU) aims to employ more women in academic research. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. The JLU pursues the goal at the faculty leadership level of increased competence in dealing with gender and family-related issues. The JLU is regarded as a family-friendly university. Applicants with children are very welcome. Applications from disabled people of equal aptitude will be given preference.


Please send your letter of application (no e-mails, please) with a CV and a documentation of your qualifications and teaching competence to: The President of Justus Liebig University Giessen, Erwin-Stein-Gebaeude, Goethestrasse 58, 35390 Giessen, Germany, quoting reference number 5-06/21. Applications must be received by June 17th, 2021 at the latest.

Candidates are strongly recommended to refer to our webpage on application procedures at Please only submit copies of your application documents without document files or folders, as they cannot be returned after the application procedure has been completed.