The Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum invites applications for the position of a

Junior Professor (Tenure Track W2) for Canon Law (Salary Scale W 1) (m/f/d)

to start on April 1st, 2023 or later.

The holder of the position will represent the subject of Canon Law (and the ecclesiastical history of law) in research and teaching. The professor is expected to engage in interdisciplinary research with Law. Special studies in Canon Law are desired. The tasks of the professorship include teaching at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Essen location) in the medium term. In addition, the opening of teaching to the Religious Studies Programme is desired.

The position will be a tenure track towards a W2 professorship. If the evaluation is positive, the professor will be appointed to a W2 position in an appropriately simplified procedure without a new announcement. The specific criteria for the evaluation of the professorship can be requested via the dean's office.

Candidates are required to hold a degree in Catholic Theology and a doctorate in Canon Law (Dr. iur. can.) or in Catholic Theology (Dr. theol.). The acquisition of a licentiate in canon law (lic. iur. can.) and practical experience in the application of canon law are desirable. Evidence of special suitability for academic teaching, as well as the willingness to participate in the self-governing bodies of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and to engage in university processes according to Ruhr-Universität Bochum’s mission statement are required. The candidate must meet the appointment requirements according to section 36 ff. Hochschulgesetz NW.

extent: full-time
duration: W1TTW2
beginning: as soon as possible
closing date: 01.10.2022

We further expect:

  • a strong commitment to teaching
  • willingness to participate in interdisciplinary academic work
  • willingness to develop an internationally visible profile
  • willingness and ability to attract third-party funded reseach project

Complete applications, including letter of application, CV, copies of academic certificates, list of publications, list of third-party research funding, teaching record, and a statement of research interests should be sent by E-Mail ( in a single pdf document to the Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Grümme, D-44780 Bochum not later than October 1st, 2022.

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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 Ruhr-Universität Bochum’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.

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