Pro­fess­or­ship in Spa­tial Soci­ology

Technical University Berlin Insti­tute of Soci­ology

Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty VI

As part of the fed­eral and state pro­gram for the advance­ment of junior schol­ars, Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin, Fac­ulty VI – Plan­ning Build­ing Envir­on­ment – Insti­tute of Soci­ology, cur­rently has a vacancy for a

Ten­ure-Track-Pro­fess­or­ship, remu­ner­a­tion group W1, fixed term, to be con­tin­ued as a life­time pro­fess­or­ship, remu­ner­a­tion group W3,
in “Spa­tial Soci­ology”.

This pro­fess­or­ship should be seen in the con­text of Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin’s goal to recruit and advance junior schol­ars in the very early stage of their career. The ten­ure track pro­fess­or­ship is ini­tially lim­ited to three years. The pos­i­tion shall be renewed for a fur­ther three years con­di­tional upon the pos­tholder’s per­form­ance and agree­ment. After six years, as a rule, a lifelong pro­fess­or­ship will be offered con­di­tional upon the ful­fill­ment of the determ­ined eval­u­ation cri­teria and hir­ing require­ments for a lifelong pro­fess­or­ship. Inform­a­tion about the eval­u­ation cri­teria can be found on Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin’s web­site (

Work­ing field:

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is required to teach and under­take research into soci­ology with a focus on spa­tial soci­ology and rep­res­ent the sub­ject in its broad­est sense on the level of soci­olo­gical the­or­ies or meth­ods. Act­ive involve­ment in Col­lab­or­at­ive Research Cen­ter 1265 “Re-fig­ur­a­tion of Spaces” is of par­tic­u­lar import­ance. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is expec­ted to pur­sue research into soci­olo­gical spa­tial the­ory in addi­tion to empir­ical spa­tial research.

Within research, emphasis is to be placed on inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and inter­cul­tural cooper­a­tion as well as on com­mu­nic­a­tion between sci­ence and prac­tice.

It is pre­ferred that applic­ants have research exper­i­ence in urban soci­ology and/or inequal­ity research/social struc­ture ana­lysis. Inequal­ity research is under­stood to include post-colo­nial the­ory and gender research. Should the can­did­ate have not yet pur­sued a research focus in urban and/or inequal­ity soci­ology, they are expec­ted to develop such a research focus in the future.

Teach­ing will focus on the rel­ev­ant com­puls­ory and com­puls­ory elect­ive mod­ules in the “Soci­ology and Tech­no­logy Stud­ies”, and “Urban and Regional Plan­ning” bach­elor’s and mas­ter’s pro­grams. The pos­i­tion holder is fur­ther required to under­take addi­tional teach­ing duties within the fac­ulty as well to per­form duties relat­ing to aca­demic self-admin­is­tra­tion.

Will­ing­ness to par­ti­cip­ate in inter­dis­cip­lin­ary pro­jects address­ing spa­tial issues, par­tic­u­larly in cooper­a­tion with the Insti­tute of Urban and Regional Plan­ning at TU Ber­lin, is expec­ted as is a will­ing­ness to work on estab­lish­ing research links to the Uni­versity’s main research areas (par­tic­u­larly in engin­eer­ing dis­cip­lines). Given the import­ance of innov­a­tion as a research area within the Insti­tute of Soci­ology, research interest in this area is also expec­ted. Par­ti­cip­a­tion in inter­na­tional com­mit­tees and research groups is required.


Applic­ants must ful­fill the hir­ing require­ments pur­su­ant to Sec­tion 102c Ber­lin State Higher Edu­ca­tion Act in com­bin­a­tion with Sec­tion 102a Ber­lin State Higher Edu­ca­tion Act. Of par­tic­u­lar import­ance are a uni­versity degree in soci­ology, a strong aptitude for research demon­strated, as a rule, by an out­stand­ing doc­tor­ate in soci­ology as well as teach­ing skills demon­strated by a teach­ing port­fo­lio (for fur­ther inform­a­tion, see Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin´s web­site:

The pos­i­tion holder should be sup­por­ted in the field of spa­tial soci­ology by rel­ev­ant pub­lic­a­tions.

Applic­ants must be able to con­duct teach­ing in Ger­man and Eng­lish. The requis­ite lan­guage skills were determ­ined by the Aca­demic Sen­ate in its decision on lan­guage policy of 16.5.2018, (see Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin’s web­site: The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate is expec­ted to assume respons­ib­il­ity for lead­ing a research group and man­aging its staff, should pos­sess the requis­ite skills for the advance­ment of junior schol­ars and women and in the area of gender and diversity, as well as show act­ive com­mit­ment to know­ledge and tech­no­logy trans­fer and sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion.

Exper­i­ence in the acquis­i­tion of third-party fund­ing is desired.

How to ap­ply:

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is seek­ing to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and teach­ing and act­ively encour­ages applic­a­tions from suit­ably qual­i­fied female can­did­ates. Pref­er­ence will be given to applic­ants with severe dis­ab­il­it­ies ful­filling the require­ments of the pos­i­tion.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin offers its ten­ure track pro­fess­ors struc­tured ment­or­ing to sup­port their pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. The Uni­versity val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to equal­ity of oppor­tun­ity. It is a cer­ti­fied fam­ily-friendly higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion, and the uni­versity's Dual Career Ser­vice offers assist­ance to applic­ants and their fam­il­ies when relo­cat­ing to Ber­lin.

Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion in Ger­man or Eng­lish quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber VI-810/20 by April 23, 2021 include all requis­ite doc­u­ments (CV, cer­ti­fic­ates, concept for research and teach­ing, teach­ing port­fo­lio, details of acquired third-party fund­ing, a list of pub­lic­a­tions and details of what you regard as your five most sig­ni­fic­ant pub­lic­a­tions) in a single pdf file only by email to Elec­tronic doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted using cloud ser­vices such as WE-Trans­fer or Drop­box can­not be accep­ted.

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Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Dekanin der Fak­ultät VI, Prof. Dr. Well­ner, Sekr. A1, Straße des 17. Juni 152, 10623 Ber­lin
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Num. of em­ploy­ees:
ca. 8300
  • Charlottenburg, Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
  • gradu­ate pos­i­tion
  • professorship
Cat­egory (TU Ber­lin):
  • Tenure track professorship
Salary grade W1, Salary grade W3
  • research
  • teach­ing
Field of stud­ies:
  • so­ci­o­logy
Lan­guage skills:
  • German (excellent knowledge of language)
  • English (excellent knowledge of language)

Make an Ap­plic­a­tion

Clos­ing date:
Re­ference num­ber:
By mail:
Technische Universität Berlin
- Der Präsident -
Dekanin der Fakultät VI, Prof. Dr. Wellner, Sekr. A1, Straße des 17. Juni 152, 10623 Berlin
By e-mail:
Applic­a­tion papers:
CV, certificates, concept for research and teaching, teaching portfolio, project portfolio, list of publications and a list of your five most important publications