The Junior Professorship of English Medieval Studies at the Faculty of Philology is looking for a 

PhD Assistant in English Medieval Studies (m,f,x) for 3 years, 25.8895 hours per week, TVL E13

The Junior Professorship of Medieval Studies at the Department of English addresses different aspects of the English Middle Ages (c. 700-c. 1500) in both research and teaching and invites applications for a PhD Assistant.

The successful candidate will conduct their own doctoral research project in the areas of Old and/or Middle English language, literature, and/or culture. They are expected to engage regularly in research activities such as workshops or conferences, and to support the chair in teaching as well as in administrative tasks and research projects.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.04.2024
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  •  PhD project in English Medieval Studies
  • independent teaching of 3 SWS per semester in the areas of Old and/or Middle English language, literature, and/or culture (at the level of B.A. Anglistik/Amerikanistik and Master of Education)
  • assisting the chair in administrative tasks, research projects, and funding

Your profile:

  • excellent degree in the field of English Studies (M.A., state exam, or comparable) with a clear focus on Old and/or Middle English
  • convincing PhD project in English Medieval Studies (Linguistics, Literary, and/or Cultural Studies); please hand in an exposé of max. 3 pages
  • high level of proficiency in academic English
  • independent teaching (previous experience in academic teaching is preferred)
  • willingness to participate in activities and research projects of the chair

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • Extensive training and further education opportunities

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

The load of teaching will be calculated according to § 3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Kerstin Majewski, Phone: +49234 32 28518

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 2627 until 08.01.2024, send by e-mail to the following address:

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