Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Social Geography and Reflexive Migration Studies (W1 with tenure track to W2)

The School of Cultural and Social Sciences, Institute of Geography at Osnabrück University seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Social Geography and Reflexive Migration Studies (W1 with tenure track to W2) at the earliest possible date.

Upon meeting the general administrative requirements, you will be employed as a civil servant on limited tenure for an initial period of three years. If you receive a positive evaluation after the initial three years, this period can be extended by up to three further years.

If you meet Osnabrück University’s standards with respect to ability, competence and academic achievement, you will be offered a tenured W2 Professorship in accordance with the relevant legal provisions without further application.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
The research of the professorship shall complement and strengthen the profile focus “Migration and Globalisation” of the Institute of Geography as well as the research centre IMIS (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies). In particular, the professorship is to participate in the development of the long-term collaborative research group on “Production of Migration”, among other things with its own sub-project at the interface of reflexive migration research and social geography. In teaching, the professorship will be involved in the degree programmes of the Institute of Geography as well as the Master’s programme “International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIB)”.

Conditions of Employment:
Required are: A university degree in geography or another social science related to social geography, a doctorate of outstanding quality in the field of migration research, empirical experience, especially in the application of qualitative methods, very good knowledge of international and interdisciplinary migration research and of social geography, as well as publications in international journals. Furthermore, the future holder of the position must have a very good command of English and German. Ideally, the future holder of the position will have first experience with the acquisition of third-party funding. Teaching experience in geography or related disciplines as well as experience in academic self-administration are also desirable.

Legal Conditions of Employment:
You will hold a first degree, have a strong commitment to teaching, and have demonstrated your ability to engage independently in advanced academic research, as a rule by obtaining an outstanding PhD (in accordance with Section 30 subsection 2 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act, NHG) in a relevant subject.

The time between the applicant’s final PhD examination or the completion of other equivalent qualifications which qualify the applicant for the position in accordance with Section 30 para. 2 sentence 1 No. 3 Lower Saxony Higher Education Act and the applicant’s application for the assistant professorship should be no longer than four years. This period of time does not include periods caring for a child or several children under 18 years of age or periods caring for a dependent relative and increases by up to two years per child or period of care to a maximum four years in multiple cases of care (Section 30 para. 5 Lower Saxony Higher Education Act).

The position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Osnabrück University is a family-friendly university and is committed to helping working/studying parents balance their family and working lives.

Osnabrück University is actively seeking to increase the number of female Professors in its employ. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome.

If two candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to the candidate with disability status.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Pott, phone +49 541 969 4890, e-mail:

Applications should include: the usual documents (curriculum vitae, academic career, list of publications etc.), a description of the planned research and teaching profile of the professorship (maximum three pages) as well as an outline of a possible sub-project at the interface of reflexive migration research and social geography in an interdisciplinary collaborative research group on “Production of Migration” (five to ten pages).

Please submit your application in electronic form (as one pdf file) together with the form “Bewerbungsprofil” (“Applicant’s Profile”) available on the university homepage ( ) to the Dean of the School of Cultural and Social Sciences, Universität Osnabrück, 49069 Osnabrück, to arrive by December 4, 2022, using this e-mail-address: