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Professorship, Premodern Korean Philology, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum – Deadline for Applications, 15th May, 2022

The Faculty of East Asian Studies at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum invites applications for the position of a Professor (W2, tenure track W3) for Premodern Korean Philology to start at the earliest date possible. In case of positive evaluation after five years, the successful candidate will receive tenure and will at a later date succeed Marion Eggert as chair of Korean Studies. The position will then be upgraded to W3.

The early replacement is made possible by a project grant of the Volkswagen Foundation. The future holder of the post will represent the field of premodern Korean philology in research and teaching. During the project period, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development of teaching materials (in printed format as well as online courses for autonomous language acquisition) for hanmun (Classical Chinese) and for Middle Korean aimed at Korean Studies students. In addition to near-native competence in modern Korean, exceptional competences in hanmun and in pre- modern forms of Korean language and writing, as well as in their grammatical description, are therefore indispensable. The holder of the position is expected to take interest in the use, reflection and refinement of digital tools of textual research and to join in the development of related research projects. The willingness to actively participate in academic self-administration is required.

Candidates should prove their qualification through a positively assessed junior/assistant professorship, habilitation or equivalent academic achievements and evidence of special aptitude.

We further expect:
  • proficiency in German and English
  • high commitment to teaching
  • adiness to participate in interdisciplinary academic work
  • willingness and ability to attract external funding.

Applications, including a CV, a list of publications and oral presentations, a teaching record and a listing of previous funding, should be sent under the specification ANR. 74 to the Dean of the faculty of East Asian Studies at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, or through e-mail to Prof. Dr. Katja Schmidtpott ( no later than 15.05.2022.

Further information on the specific tenure track conditions, including criteria for tenure evaluation, can be obtained by writing to