Professorship in Social Sciences University of Bern Switzerland


The Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social
Sciences at the University of Bern invites applications for a

Professorship in Social Sciences
(Domain: Sustainable Social Development)
(Succession of Prof. Dr. Ulf Liebe)

at the level of Associate Professor or Assistant Professor with Tenure Track.

It is a full-time position starting August 1, 2018.

The professorship is affiliated with the interdisciplinary Centre for Development and
Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern and fulfills its duties both at the Department of
Social Sciences and at the CDE.

The professorship focuses on aspects of societal transformation towards a sustainable future. Potential areas of research include questions of consumption and sustainability, the diffusion of efficient renewable energy technologies, sustainable management of public goods and cooperation among the relevant stakeholders,
environmental policy regulation to achieve sustainability goals, or the modality and impact of
public sustainability communication.

Aspects of the social dimension of sustainability such as global or regional development of inequality and poverty could also be a research focus. In terms of teaching duties, the professorship will contribute to the disciplinary study programs at the Department of Social Sciences as well as to the interdisciplinary programs at the CDE.

We invite applications from all social science disciplines, in particular the disciplines
represented at the Department of Social Sciences. Applicants are required to hold a PhD
degree in a social science discipline. Applicants at the associate professor level should have a
Habilitation or an equivalent level of academic achievement. Applicants are expected to have
an outstanding and internationally respected research record, significant teaching experience,
and a research profile that is relevant to current areas of focus in the Department of Social
Sciences and the CDE. Beneficial are advanced skills in social science methodology,

Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

Department of Social Sciences experience in leading research teams and in inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation, and a track record of raising research funding.
Salary is determined by the regulations of the Canton of Bern. Employment at the assistant
professor level is for the duration of up to five years; if the qualification criteria are fulfilled, the
position will be transformed to a permanent associate position (Extraordinariat).
The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages
applications by female candidates. Job-sharing is possible.

Applications may be submitted in German or in English and should include a motivation letter,
a CV, a list of publications, a list of taught courses, a list of research grants, as well as a short
research plan that describes the proposed research focus of the professorship.
Please send your application electronically (as a single PDF file) no later than January 15,
2018 to: University of Bern, Department of Social Sciences, Fabrikstrasse 8, CH-3012 Bern, email
Contact person is Prof. Dr. Claus Jacobs (president of the recruiting committee). Further
information: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at,
Department of Social Sciences at

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