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Principal research fellow Modern German Literary Studies (13.12.2021 | = 80% Postdoc NdL)


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Department: Department of Literature
Regime Part-time

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The Department of Literature in the Faculty of Arts has the following part-time (80%) vacancy: principal research fellow in the field of Modern German Literary Studies.


As a principal research fellow, you will be part of the Academic Assistant Staff (Dutch: Assisterend Academisch Personeel, AAP). You will spend at least 50% of your working time on academic research. In addition, you will actively contribute to education and service activities.

  • You will carry out high-quality academic research in Modern German Literary Studies.
  • You have innovative ideas for a postdoctoral research project, ideally related to one or several research groups of the Department of Literature (for instance the Antwerp Centre for Digital Humanities and Literary Criticism or the Institute of Jewish Studies).
  • You will report on the results of your research and produce academic publications.
  • You will assist in ongoing research projects and the activities of the research group.
  • You will contribute to attracting national and international research funding.


  • You will provide support with teaching and also teach high-quality academic classes yourself. You will teach and assist in two undergraduate courses on literary analysis (prose, drama and poetry, German texts 1 and 2, 3 ECTS each); the undergraduate course A Cultural History of Germany (6 ECTS). In the master program, you teach a course in the field of Modern German Literature (6 ECTS) which is based on your research interests.
  • You will contribute to the development of the study program of Modern German Literary Studies and work on the implementation of blended learning in this program.
  • You will supervise students and their Bachelor and Master dissertations.
  • Your teaching role can evolve along with the study programmes.


  • You will play an active role in the academic and societal service provision of Modern German Literary Studies. You will also assist in student recruitment and alumni activities and you commit to the ‘Deutschcafé’.


  • You hold a PhD in Modern German Literary Studies or a similar discipline (or you will have obtained it by the time you start work).
  • You have a good knowledge of the literary and cultural history of German-speaking cultures from the 18th century to today (with identifiable research interests in one or several period[s]).
  • You are familiar with canonical literature in German, but also with alternative or counter-canonical literatures.
  • You have a good knowledge of literary, cultural and media-analytical theories and methods and you know how to introduce and apply them in an accessible manner.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision. Relevant teaching experience in the field of Modern German Literary Studies for non-native speakers would be an advantage.
  • You are able to carry out your work and achieve your objectives with a high degree of independence.
  • You are motivated to work actively on your further professional development. In this, you can make use of a wide range of training courses and professionalisation opportunities.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation. You are a team player who would enjoy working with the colleagues of Modern German Literary Studies and Linguistics at UAntwerpen. You are also willing to work within the specific context of research and education in the field of German Studies in Belgium.

What we offer

  • We offer an appointment as a principal research fellow for a period of three years.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for a principal research fellow (Academic Assistant Staff, AAP). If you work part time, your salary is calculated proportionally on the basis of your employment percentage.
  • The planned start date is 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • You will do most of your work at the city campus (Stadscampus) in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Click here to find out more about working at the University of Antwerp and the related benefits.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 13 December 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV, your application form for AAP and your three most important academic publications (including your PhD thesis).
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following date: Monday 10 January 2022 (interview).
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs@uantwerpen.be. If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact prof. dr. Thomas Ernst, Modern German Literary Studies, thomas.ernst@uantwerpen.be.

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Quelle der Beschreibung: Information des Anbieters


Literatur aus Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz, Digital Humanities, Literaturgeschichtsschreibung (Geschichte; Theorie), Literaturtheorie, Interdisziplinarität, Literatur und Kulturwissenschaften/Cultural Studies, Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts, Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts, Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts, Literatur des 21. Jahrhunderts




University of Antwerp
Department of Literature
Modern German Literary Studies


Grote Kauwenberg 18
2000 Antwerpen
Beitrag von: Thomas Ernst
Datum der Veröffentlichung: 26.11.2021
Letzte Änderung: 26.11.2021