Assistant Professor - German Film and Media

Assistant Professor - German Film & Media; Modern Literature, broadly construed; Applied Language Studies; Translation; or Digital Humanities - Department of German

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Open September 12, 2022 through Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

The Department of German at UC Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) of German with a focus on one or more of the following areas: German Film and Media, Modern Literature, Applied Language Studies, Translation, or Digital Humanities. The position entails broad competence in at least one of the focus areas, demonstrable either through formal study or publication record, and excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the field and is expected to be able to teach at least one of the core requirements for the major.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education and who show the potential to contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

The University of California, Berkeley, is a diverse and inclusive campus, and the Department of German actively engages in practices promoting diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and belonging. Faculty have numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and cooperation. Many faculty are affiliated with centers, programs, and other departments across campus. As a top public research university, and as a California institution, the university is committed to creating an environment in which faculty and students of all backgrounds can thrive.

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About the Department:
The Department of German at UC Berkeley is known for innovative cross-disciplinary research and a dynamic intellectual atmosphere. Faculty in the Department of German benefit from working at a vibrant world-class university that holds expansive libraries, archives, and museums, enabling pioneering work in the humanities, arts and sciences. Our research and teaching engage the full range of German language and literature, philosophy, and visual media from the Middle Ages to the digital era. Building on language specificity, historical depth, and theoretical inquiry, our graduate students take a variety of Designated Emphases such as Critical Theory, Film and Media, Women and Gender Studies. All our classes promote thinking across national borders. The Department also maintains lively programs in Dutch and Yiddish. Graduates from our PhD program teach at universities and colleges across the country and abroad. The Department of German entertains a lively network of research connections with multiple centers on campus and universities around the world.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Applicants for this position must hold a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
PhD (or equivalent degree) in hand at time of appointment with specialization in at
least one of the following areas of German Studies: Film & Media, Modern Literature, Applied Language Studies, Translation, or Digital Humanities. Near-native fluency in English and German.


Document requirements


  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Writing Sample - 20-30 pages

    Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

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