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Full Professorship Social Pedagogy, in particular Diversity Research (W2/W3)

Lüneburg, Niedersachsen (DE), near Hamburg, North of Germany
W2 (up to 68.000 UK Pounds per annum) / W3 (up to 74.000 UK Pounds per annum)
Closing date
30 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Education, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Professors / Chairs
Contract Type
Full Time


Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in research and education. Methodological diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration, transdisciplinary cooperation with partners outside academia and a dynamic development characterize its research profile in the fields of education, culture, management & technology, sustainability as well as public affairs. Its award-winning study model is organized into the Leuphana College, the Leuphana Graduate School and the Leuphana Professional School.

Leuphana University invites applications for the following full professorship:


Your research is dedicated to exploring diversity and gender issues from a social-scientific, interdisciplinary perspective. The successful candidate will focus on fields that are pertinent to Social Pedagogy and/or Social Work or that are closely related to these fields. In the latter case, you will direct your future research towards genuine fields of social pedagogy/social work (e.g., child protection, child and youth welfare, vocational education, client-provider relationships). Your profile shows a diversity- and inequality-conscious approach that explicitly addresses social categorizations, social identities and associated lifestyle patterns, social inclusion and exclusion processes or stereotyping and discrimination processes relevant to social pedagogy/social work. In this way, your research is compatible with current international perspectives on diversity and gender. It focuses on gender and at least one other diversity dimension (e.g., race/ethnicity, religion, age/generation, class, sexual orientation, disability). You are dedicated to empirical research with excellent knowledge in either qualitative methods, quantitative methods, or both. Ideally, you are also experienced in conducting mixed-methods research.

We are seeking a committed researcher with an outstanding international research profile in combination with a track record of unique ideas put into action, impacting their field as well as society. You have a strong publication record in national and/or international peer-reviewed scientific journals and initiated and conducted research projects, ideally funded through well-established research funding organizations (e.g., DFG, ERC). You have established a vibrant network with national and international collaboration partners in research and teaching. Getting postgraduate students involved in your research is your special concern. You have a track record of teaching courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level, ideally also in English language, in the subject areas of this professorship. Your academic work gives evidence of innovative contributions to teaching and research, your talent for cooperating with partners inside and outside academia and your strong commitment to interdisciplinary dialogue. You have a very good command of the English language. If you do not speak German, you are willing to learn it within a reasonable period.

The professional position will be filled in accordance with pay grade W2/W3 (university full professorship). Formal requirements are based on § 25 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG) and include a university degree and a doctoral degree in social pedagogy, educational science, sociology, psychology or another discipline clearly relevant to the open position; your aptitude for teaching and your ability to engage in independent academic research as demonstrated by the outstanding quality of your dissertation, as well as additional academic achievements obtained, i.e. in the course of being an assistant professor, during your postdoctoral lecture qualification (German: Habilitation) or other achievements recognized as being equivalent to a postdoctoral qualification.

At Leuphana you will find an academic community that is open to changes in perspective and cultivates the dialogue among the different disciplines as well as between research and practice. With spirit and initiative, we address the challenges of civil society in the 21st century. Pursuing our idea of liberal education, our students are enabled to think, question and act upon it. Our professors foster the awareness of gender and diversity aspects in teaching as well as research.

Leuphana University is an equal opportunities employer. The university aims to increase its number of female professors. Qualified women are especially invited to apply.

For further information, please contact the Dean of the School of Education, Prof. Dr. Michael Besser (, or Prof. Dr. Birte Siem ( from the Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.

Please submit your application (without submission of an application photo) consisting of the following materials in two separate PDF files: a) motivation letter, CV, full publication list, copies of academic degrees and b) three relevant publications. Please enclose the completed application form (as Excel file) with your documents. Guidance on the required application materials can be found here.

Applications should be sent preferably by email using the key word “Diversity” (W2/W3) to or to the President of Leuphana University Lüneburg, Post Box 2440, Lüneburg D-21314 by April 14, 2024. Please be aware that we cannot return application documents sent physically.

By submitting your application, you consent to your data being stored and processed for the purpose of the recruitment process. Please note our Data Protection Notice for Applicants (in English or in German).
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