Junior Professorship (W1) (3 years/tenure track leading to W2) of Digitalization and Political Behavior

Faculty of Social Sciences
Start date
as soon as possible
Application deadline
25 Oct 2021
Payment grade

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-yearlong tradition, it offers a broad spectrum that covers all areas of knowledge within its 18 Faculties, ranging from the humanities, law, economics and social sciences, to medicine and the natural sciences.

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for a Junior Professorship (W1) (3 years/tenure track leading to W2) of Digitalization and Political Behavior commencing as soon as possible.

The junior professorship focuses on the study of political behavior and attitudes from a comparative perspective, both with reference to and by employing digital data. The emphasis is on the changing determinants of political behavior and the growing differentiation of behavioral repertoires and their consequences. The junior professorship is expected to make major contributions to the theoretical foundation of the empirical study of attitudes and political behavior, including individual behavior and/or collective behavior in institutional, social and organizational contexts. The junior professorship shall employ the methodological skills associated with digitalization, big data and computational social science in both teaching and research.

Prerequisites for this position are a university degree, teaching skills at university level and an aptitude for an academic career, usually evidenced by the excellent quality of a doctoral degree. If the applicant was employed as a research assistant either before or after obtaining the doctoral degree, the entire duration of the period of employment and of the doctoral degree should not exceed six years.

The position is a fixed-term professorship for the duration of three years. Pending a positive evaluation, the position may be extended by another period of three years. After a minimum of three years, pending a positive evaluation of the candidate’s aptitude for teaching and research as well as the candidate’s pedagogical and personal aptitude, the appointment may be converted to an indefinite W2-professorship (tenure). If the applicant was already a member of LMU Munich at the time of the appointment to a junior professorship, such a tenure option may only be exercised in exceptional cases.

This professorship is funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States.

Under the terms of the “LMU Academic Career Program”, in exceptional cases and subject to outstanding performance in research and teaching, the position may be converted from a W2 into a W3 Full Professorship at a later date.

LMU Munich makes a point of providing newly appointed professors with various types of support, such as welcoming services and assistance for dual career couples.

LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer. The University continues to be very successful in increasing the number of female faculty members and strongly encourages applications from female candidates. LMU Munich intends to enhance the diversity of its faculty members.

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


Please submit your application comprising a curriculum vitae, documentation of academic degrees and certificates as well as a list of publications to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at LMU, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich, Germany, no later than 25 October 2021. Please also submit your application via email as ONE pdf file to dekanat15@lmu.de.

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