Nordic Network for Media and Communication Ethics

Job Announcement: Professor of Communication Studies with a Focus on Communication Ethics

The Department of Political Science and Communication Studies at the University of Greifswald’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities is seeking to fill the position of a

Professor (W3) of Communication Studies with a Focus on Communication Ethics

for earliest possible appointment.

The future holder of the position is expected to represent the full scope of research and teaching in the field of communication studies, specialising in communication and media ethics.

Applicants require research experience in communication and media theory and must have in-depth knowledge of analytical tools typically used by the discipline of communication studies to explore ethical issues, in particular media, platform and network governance, as well as acting morally in various communication and media contexts. The future holder of the position should have profound knowledge of the philosophical arguments used in communication and media ethics. Furthermore, candidates are expected to be experts and have international experience in at least one of the following areas of research: reception theory, communication sociology, political communication, communication and media history. They are required to have a successful record of gaining external research funding and must be willing to participate in university bodies.

Work tasks include holding classes on communication and media theory, as well as communication and media ethics in both German and English, as well as further contributions to the B.A. degree course Communication Studies and the master’s degree courses that focus on communication studies.

The job specifications are defined in § 58(1) of the Landeshochschulgesetz - LHG M-V (State Higher Education Act): a university degree, teaching aptitude and academic excellence, which is generally documented by an outstanding doctoral degree, as well as further academic achievements, which, in accordance with § 58(2) LHG M-V, are usually proven by a junior professorship or habilitation.

In accordance with § 61 LHG M-V, the professor appointed will be assigned the status of a civil servant (Beamtenverhältnis) with unlimited tenure; alternatively, if the applicant is not permanently available: limited tenure as a civil servant or public service employee. As a general rule, permanent tenure as a civil servant (Beamtenverhältnis auf Lebenszeit) can only be awarded for the first time to persons who have not yet ended their 50th year of life when they enter employment.   

This advertisement is directed at all persons, irrespective of gender. The University would like to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented.  Thus, applications from women are particularly welcome and will be treated with priority if they have the same qualifications and as long as there are no clear reasons which make a fellow applicant more suitable. Women are specifically encouraged to apply for this position. Severely disabled applicants with the same professional and personal qualifications will also be given preference.

Unfortunately, application costs (e.g. travel expenses for interviews) will not be reimbursed by the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Further information is available from Prof. Dr. Klaus Beck, Tel.: +49 3834 420 3445.

Applications with all usual documents (Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing the academic career, list of scholarly publications and courses taught, academic certificates, proof of teaching experience) must be sent by the 25/04/2021 in electronic form (cover letter and all accompanying documents in one PDF document) and addressed to:

University of Greifswald
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Prof. Dr. Margit Bussmann
Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3
17489 Greifswald