Vacant Academic Position: University Professor of English Linguistics at The University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck invites applications for the position of 
University Professor of  English Linguistics 
at the Department of English at the Faculty of Philology and Cultural Studies. 

In accordance with § 98 of the Austrian Universities’ Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG) this position is based on a civil-law employment contract with the University according to the Salaried Employees  Act (Angestelltengesetz). The contract is for a permanent full-time position. 


  • The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include representing the full range of  English Linguistics in research and teaching. This comprises a synchronic as well as diachronic approach to English as a language system.  
  • There should be one research focus in the field of pragmatics and one in varieties of English. Both synchronic and diachronic perspectives should be represented. 
  • The successful candidate is expected to attract third-party funding. 
  • Close cooperation with other areas of research and teaching at the Department of English  (Applied Language Studies, Cultural Studies, and Literary Studies), as well as with the  Department of American Studies and the faculty’s and university’s interdisciplinary research networks and research centres is expected. 
  • In teaching, the successful candidate is expected to cover the subject area of English  linguistics in its entirety and on all levels of qualification, including the following curricula:  Bachelor Anglistik/Amerikanistik, Master Anglistik/Amerikanistik, Teacher Training (BA and  MA) as well as Doctoral Studies. These responsibilities include supervising bachelor theses,  master theses, and doctoral theses. 
  • Other basic duties include academic administration and self-governance as well as the  support of early-career scholars. 

Essential requirements 

  1. pertinent PhD degree acquired in Austria or abroad; 
  2. pertinent habilitation or comparable qualification (e.g. additional monograph in the field); 
  3. research in both synchronic and diachronic English linguistics, with one research area in the  field of pragmatics and one in varieties of English. This research should be documented by  relevant publications with internationally renowned publishers and contributions to  international peer-reviewed journals as well as, if applicable, by research and teaching  projects; 
  4. excellent knowledge of English (level C2); good knowledge of German (at least B2;  willingness to acquire level C1 in German within five years);
  5. international research profile, documented by visible networking in international research  associations and internationally recognised research activities; 
  6. experience in acquiring and managing third-party funding; 
  7. excellent didactic skills and experience in different teaching formats as well as in teaching  on different degree levels; 
  8. experience in the supervision of final theses (e.g. BA theses, MA theses, PhD theses);  
  9. excellent social and leadership skills as well as the willingness to participate in academic  administration and self-governance; 
  10. experience in research and/or teaching in Anglophone contexts. 

Desirable Requirements 

  1. additional documented research interest in lexicology and text linguistics;
  2. competence in corpus-linguistic methods; 
  3. experience in interdisciplinary research; 
  4. innovative didactic approaches; 
  5. willingness to participate in ongoing research activities at the University of Innsbruck; f) willingness to establish international cooperations and to organize international symposia,  workshops and conferences. 

Applications must be received by  


at the Universität Innsbruck, Fakultäten Servicestelle, Standort Innrain 52f, A-6020 Innsbruck (fss  

The University of Innsbruck is committed to increasing the percentage of female employees, especially in leading positions, and therefore explicitly invites women to apply. In the case of  equivalent qualifications, women will be given preference. 

In line with the Collective Bargaining Agreement professors are in remuneration group A 1, i.e., for  a full-term professorship the basic salary is 5.826,50 Euro (14 times). Depending on qualification  and experience a higher salary may be negotiated with the Rector. The equipment of the  professorship is also subject to negotiation. The university also offers attractive additional benefits  ( 

The application should include: a curriculum vitae with a description of your scholarly and  professional career; the relevant certificates; a list of your teaching activities and publications,  lectures and other academic work and projects, including projects funded by third parties; copies of  your five most important works (journal articles, chapters in edited volumes or monographs). All  documents have to be submitted in digital form.

Please note that the legally binding, full version of this advertisement is the German text published  in the official bulletin of the University on 19th April 2023. It can be found at

Up-to-date information on the state of the proceedings can be found at

Original announcement