The Department of Information Systems in the School of Business and Economics at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Information Systems, Specifically Digital Transformation and Society (pay grade W1 with tenure option for full professorship W3).
The expected starting date is available as soon as possible. The successful applicant is expected to research and teach within the field of information systems, specifically digital transformation and society, to pursue qualitative or multi-method research projects and complement the current profile of the IS department. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an ability to undertake research at a high international standard, which will be evidenced by the quality of their doctoral thesis and high-ranking academic publications.
Possible thematic focus areas
The professorship is proposed to research the dynamics of digital transformation at the intersection of economics, politics and society. Possible focus areas are:
- digital platforms as critical societal infrastructures
- a systemic analysis of the impact of digitalization: high tech ecosystems, institutional
innovation and societal impact
- digital transformation of work and new models of organizing digital work
- regulation vs. innovation
- digital transformation and reconfiguration of business models: value generation vs. value
- socially accountable design of digitalization
- spread of social media and the transformation of societal values
- dark side of big data and datafication
- digital risk society
We expect an account of the interdisciplinary nature of this field of research.
- teaching (in English) and examinations in the various study programs (BIS, MSc IS, PhD) including 4 hours of instruction per week (equivalent to 1 module) during the first 3 years, 5 hours per week thereafter
- supervision of bachelor and master’s theses and doctoral candidates
- building a research group and attracting research funding
- participating in services and committees at the department and the school
- Applicants must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications at the time of appointment, either in information systems or a related field.
- The applicant must have professional proficiency in English. German language skills at the level of C1 must be demonstrated after four years.
- A pedagogical qualification, typically demonstrated by the quality of the teaching concept/philosophy, course evaluations and the quality of the presentation which are part of the application process.
- Ability to conduct research at a high international standard. The applicant is meant to provide an account of her or his research pipeline, i.e. planned research and publications, their research concept, an outlook for the professorship and for the development of their work, including a
positioning of it in a wider context of research.
- Experience in attracting external funding and managing funded projects, international experience and international collaboration is welcomed. In particular, we expect active participation in the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS).
- We are looking for a personality who exhibits flexibility and resilience, self-responsibility and the ability to work independently, team spirit and social competence, and openness to interdisciplinary research.
The assistant professorship (W1) is a non-tenured position for up to 6 years. The position may lead to a tenured position as full professor (W3) if the requirements are met. The initial appointment will be for 3 years, which will be extended by another 3 years upon a positive interim evaluation. The decision regarding tenure is typically taken after six years. The applicant chosen is expected to show good academic citizenship, i.e. he/she is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and to actively participate in the activities of the department, such as research seminars, workshops and conferences.
The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.
Applications must be sent via email and must include:
1. a cover letter
2. proof of qualifications and a full CV
3. documentation of relevant, significant, original research at an international level, including publications in the field’s internationally recognized journals and citations in the Social Science Citation Index and/or Google Scholar
4. documentation of courses taught
5. documentation of pedagogical qualifications or other material for the evaluation of the applicant’s pedagogical skills
6. course evaluations
7. PDF versions of the doctoral thesis and two research papers relevant to the field of the professorship (if they are not already included in the thesis) to be considered during the review – only publications written in English or German will be taken into consideration
8. information demonstrating experience in research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation
9. a statement of research and teaching concept/philosophy
10. a reflection on the positioning and potential research collaborations within the Department of IS
Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Theresia Theurl (email@example.com) by 15 July 2020.
Any inquiries about the position can be directed to the head of department, Prof. Jörg Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org