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Madlen Chall

W2 Professorship in Information Literacy Jointly with ZB MED

Application deadline: 2017-09-28 - Reference number: F031701_01

The Institute of Information Science (IWS), a department of the Faculty of Information Science and Communication Studies, requests applications at the earliest possible date for a

W2 Professorship in Information Literacy
Jointly with the The German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) – Information Centre for Life Sciences according to the “Juelicher Modell”

The position to be filled is limited to a maximum of 5 years.

Your responsibilities

You will work in the Institute for Information Science and will be responsible for teaching and research in the field of “Information Literacy”. You will teach courses in the bachelor and master curricula in library science; the minimum teaching obligation usually stands at 4.5 teaching hours per week (a teaching hour amounts to 45 minutes; at 60 minute hours, this amounts to 3.375 hours of teaching time a week). The language of instruction is German, English, or both.

With your research activities, you will strengthen the research profiles of both our department as well as that of ZB MED. You will also procure extramural research funding.

You will also be involved in the self-governance of the faculty and the institute.

You will head ZB MED’s “Information Services” department. ZB MED is the central national service center for specialized information and research support in the life sciences. The subjects of medicine, health care, nutritional science, environmental studies and agricultural science figure predominantly here.

Your Profile

You must hold a degree from an institution of higher learning – preferably in the area of life sciences –, have completed your Ph.D. and be able to demonstrate that you have several years of pertinent work experience in a non-academic setting within a professional or practical field related to the assignment profile as advertised.

You are expected to apply your own skills and proficiencies to cross-disciplinary teaching and research collaboration in the faculty, in the institution of higher education and in ZB MED. We also expect pertinent research that will be evidenced by way of academic publications and / or project work. Experience operating and developing search portals is desirable.

Ideally, you will already have experience in teaching and are willing to embrace interdisciplinary cooperation in teaching and research.  Applicants whose native tongue is not German and who do not have a command of German at a native speaker’s level need to be willing to continue improving his or her knowledge of German.

You have the ability to align your thinking and practice to the long-term goals of the university as well as the ability to develop solutions collaboratively and reliably.

Please send your application, stating the reference number F031701_01 to:
An den Präsidenten der Technischen Hochschule Köln, z. Hd. Frau Madlen Chall, Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer 54, 50968 Köln. Application deadline: 2017-09-28

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Inka Tappenbeck, via email: inka.tappenbeck@th-koeln.de.

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