Assistant Professors / Postdoctoral Researchers with Potential for Temporary Civil Servant Status (m/f/x)

Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion - Chair in Philosophy and Political Theory (held by Laura Valentini)
Start date
1 September 2021. An earlier start date is negotiable in certain circumstances.
Application deadline
19 Apr 2021
Remuneration group
TV-L E13
Payment grade
Contract duration
initially for the duration of three years, renewable for a further three years in the case of an Assistant Professor

The Chair in Philosophy and Political Theory at LMU Munich has a long-standing tradition of offering excellent teaching and producing high-quality research. The newly appointed Professor, Laura Valentini, is seeking to appoint three Assistant Professors / Postdoctoral Researchers whose work and insights will be key to shaping the activities and profile of the chair. The chair’s thematic focus will explicitly span political, legal, and social philosophy. Envisaged activities, in addition to teaching and publications, include research collaborations with leading universities in Germany and abroad, seminar series with international speakers, specialist workshops and conferences on specialist areas, career-development and mentoring activities for junior academics and doctoral degree students.

LMU’s Faculty of Philosophy has significant strengths across a wide range of different areas of philosophy ⁠— theoretical and practical, as well as, contemporary and historical.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Independent and collaborative research broadly in the thematic areas of the chair — political, legal, and social philosophy, as well as moral philosophy — and dissemination of such research through participation in seminars, conferences, and workshops.
  • Teaching: 5 hours per week. Candidates will be expected to contribute to the chair's teaching offerings.
  • Participation in other activities associated with the chair, including conference and workshop organization, teaching administration, research seminars, reading groups, etc.
  • Pursuit of a Habilitation (advanced postdoctoral research project).


  • Candidates should have completed, or be about to complete, a doctorate in a relevant field (e.g. moral/political philosophy, political theory, legal theory, and social philosophy). A completed doctorate is required by the appointment's commencement.
  • Candidates should have a record of producing high-quality research ⁠— as evidenced by publications and/or publishable writings of international standard ⁠— commensurate with their career stage.
  • Candidates should have excellent teaching skills and be willing to work in a team.
  • Candidates should be able to work in English, with respect to both research and teaching.
  • Knowledge of German and the ability to teach in German are desirable and welcome, but not a prerequisite for these posts.


Under certain conditions, the postholder can be appointed as an Akademischer Rat auf Zeit (i.e. temporary civil servant status at A13 level, which requires a completed doctoral degree) (m/f/x); otherwise, the salary will be calculated according to the group E 13 TVL-employment grade.

Successful applicants will also have funds available to attend workshops and conferences.

We are committed to equality of opportunity. The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching, and strongly encourages female candidates to apply.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Applications should be written entirelyin English and should include:

  • a cover letter that outlines the candidate’s academic profile, research and teaching interests, and motivation for applying for the advertised positions (and in the case of a candidate not having a doctoral degree yet, the expected submission and defence dates);
  • a resume, complete with a list of publications and/or finished manuscripts.

Longlisted/shortlisted candidates will be required, at a later stage, to provide writing samples, two academic references, and degree certificates (details will follow).

The materials should be collated into a single PDF document, include the email subject line “Academic job application”, and be sent by 19 April 2021 to


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