The Institute of Missiology and the Study of Theologies Beyond Europe, within the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Münster, Germany, seeks to fill a

Scientific Collaborator / Junior Researcher Position
(salary level TVL 13, 75% or 100%)

This fixed-term post, commencing on 1 September 2019, is a 75% position for PhD candidates or a 100% position for postdoc / Habilitation candidates. Regular working hours for a full-time (100%) position are 39 hours and 50 minutes per week. The position is normally limited to three years.

Tasks of the appointee include:

  • Pursuit of his / her own interdisciplinary research project, with a project matching one of the Institute’s main research areas:
  • world Christianity and non-Western theologies
  • interreligious studies and comparative theology
  • translation and edition of Persian-Indian Christian source texts
  • missiology and mission history
  • Collaboration in the Institute’s editorial work and production of publications
  • Teaching two to four hours per week (i.e. one to two courses per semester)


  • Completed postgraduate studies and a doctorate degree in either theology, religious studies, Islamic studies, or other relevant areas of cultural-historical studies and social sciences; experience in the development and coordination of international teaching or research projects; language skills, including relevant classical and/or modern research languages; IT technology and computer skills; good team work and communication skills.

The University provides an excellent environment for postgraduate and postdoc research in areas related to religious studies and theologies. Candidates will discuss their research projects, and in the case of a Habilitation, relevant mentoring and the best fit for an institutional setting.

For specific inquiries and further information prior to application, candidates are welcome to address these to the director of the Institute, Prof Norbert Hintersteiner (

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.

Hard copy applications (only) are requested to be submitted by 15 April 2019 (postmark) for consideration. Job interviews will be held on 6 and 7 May 2019. Complete applications include the following items: curriculum vitae; brief summary presentation of educational studies and academic profile (copies of relevant exams and supporting documents must be attached); list of publications; outline of a specific postdoc / Habilitation research project (5-7 pages); sample syllabus of future postgraduate course to be taught by candidate at the Institute (3-5 pages); reference letters; and further information as relevant to the stated tasks. Applications should be sent to:

Prodekan Prof Dr Johannes Schnocks
Geschäftsführung der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät
Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Johannisstr. 8-10
48143 Münster