Universität Hamburg is dedicated to sustainability, equal opportunity and family-friendly policies. We also prize cultural diversity, communication and interaction among people from different backgrounds and with different lifestyles.

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a

W3 PROFESSORSHIP FOR THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, with Co-direction of the Centre for Advanced Studies “Jewish Scepticism”

commencing on 1 October 2015, Ref. No. 2220/W3

Applicants are expected to have international research experience as well as a successful track record in acquiring external funding and carrying out externally-funded projects. The University places particular emphasis on the quality of teaching and therefore requests that applicants provide details of their teaching experience and objectives.

Universität Hamburg seeks to increase the proportion of women in teaching and research and we therefore especially encourage qualified female academics to apply. Section 14 (3) of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) applies.


  • The successful candidate is expected to conduct research and teach in the field of the history of philosophy.
  • The successful candidate will become a member of the Department of Philosophy and co-direct the research group Jewish Scepticism. This interdisciplinary group examines skepticism from different disciplinary perspectives, with a particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on skepticism in the Jewish tradition. The successful candidate’s research is expected to engage with the research themes of the group during its lifetime (Aspects of Skepticism; a focus on Jewish philosophers is welcomed but not mandatory).
  • The successful candidate is expected to participate actively in the instruction of students pur-suing a teaching degree in the respective discipline.
  • Section 12 (7) of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) applies.


  • Academic qualifications and additional requirements as specified in §15 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act.
  • The successful candidate is expected to have a research focus on the field of epistemology in the Early Modern period, as evidenced by a record of excellent publications in international journals.
  • Competence in the English language is needed to be fully involved in the research group and is thereby a necessary condition of appointment. Competence in the German language is not a necessary condition of appointment, but applicants who do not speak German are expected to gain competence in the German language in an adequate period of time upon appointment.

Qualified disabled candidates will receive preference in the application process.

The deadline for applications is 19. March 2015. Please submit your application, including the standard documents and reference code 2220/W3 to:

An den
Präsidenten der Universität Hamburg
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg

or via email to: UniHHAusschreibungsstelle@verw.uni-hamburg.de