The Faculty of Social Science at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum seeks to fill a W2 Professorship for Qualitative Methods of Social Research as soon as possible.


The future full professor will represent the subject of Qualitative Methods at the faculty’s Research Methods and Statistics section in research and teaching. She or he should have an excellent track record in research and teaching in at least one of the following areas:

          • Qualitative interviews (planning, conducting, and analysis, using content-analytic, reconstructive or interpretative methods)
          • Document analysis (e.g. using qualitative content analysis, grounded theory and other methods for the analysis of texts and images)
          • Epistemological and methodological questions
              extent: full-time
              duration: permanent employment
              beginning: as soon as possible
              closing date: 09.01.2023

              In addition, we welcome a focus in social science research with digital qualitative methods or prospective development opportunities towards digital qualitative methods, especially regarding the collection and analysis of internet-based content.

              The professorship contributes to the interdisciplinary degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Social Science, with obligations ranging from teaching principles of Qualitative Research Methods at the Bachelor’s level to teaching advanced topics at the Master’s level programme on Social Science Research Methods, as well as the module “Qualitative Methods of Social Research”. Participation in the Ruhr Universität Bochum Method Center and in one or more research clusters of the faculty are part of the other responsibilities, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration with the teaching and research units of the faculty and the university.

              The appointment requirements in accordance with § 36 ff. of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschulgesetz NRW; must be met.

              Other mandatory requirements include:

              • Qualification for and deep commitment to academic teaching;
              • Willingness to engage with interdisciplinary research and collaboration;
              • Experience with securing projects with third-party funding;
              • International visibility and network;
              • Readiness to participate in academic administration.

              Applications and all relevant documents (cover letter, academic CV, list of publications, certificates, list of acquired third-party funding, list of lectures and seminars) are to be submitted under the specification ANR 1351 by 09.01.2023 to the Dean at the Faculty of Social Science at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany,

              Further information about the faculty can be found on our homepage at

              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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