JOB – Asst. Prof. in Political Philosophy & Environmental Ethics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

humboldtHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Application deadline is 4 October 2013
Starting April 1, 2014

Successful applicants will focus on questions of global justice, intergenerational justice and environmental ethics and work in close cooperation with other researchers at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys). Thus he/she may tackle topics such as climate justice (intra- and intergenerational), ethical perspectives on economics, the ethics of land use and food production, and further ethical issues of global change.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they will develop strong links between philosophy and economics.


humboldt-university-of-berlinCandidates shall hold an outstanding doctoral degree and have an excellent research record in philosophy.  A strong interest in sustainability science and global environmental change research is expected.  Successful applicants will have proven their ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.  Excellent command of English, good communication skills, and willingness to integrate themselves into an international research environment are mandatory.  Teaching experience is an asset.

Applicants must meet the legal requirements for an assistant professor (German: Junior professor) as stipulated in § 102a of the “Berliner Hochschulgesetz.”  Depending on the qualification and research focus of the successful candidate, up to 1.5 researcher positions at doctoral or post-doctoral level may be granted in order to establish a Junior Research Group (with the assistant professor as the group leader).

HU seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female researchers to apply.  Applications of researchers from abroad are welcome.  Preference will be given to disabled persons with equal qualifications. Applicants with migration background are highly welcome.

To Apply

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a full CV, research and teaching experience (including evidence of interdisciplinary experience) and should be sent to

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät I
Prof. Seadle
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin, Germany

Or as a single PDF file to, stating the reference number.

CALL FOR PAPERS – “Intergenerational Justice & Natural Resources”


Deadline for submission: August 31, 2013

Through their use of natural resources, presently living people will affect the conditions under which future people will live.  This raises questions of intergenerational justice: What do presently living people owe future generations, in particular, which natural resources, with the policy options they allow, should remain available to future generations (and to what extent)?  Further, it is particularly the industrialized countries of the global North who have caused the problem of climate change, in part because of the fact that the process of industrialization came with increasing levels of emissions.  At the same time, the harmful effects of climate change will be felt disproportionately by developing countries (particularly those in the global South), who have benefited far less from industrialization.  Do OECD countries therefore stand under special duties towards the victims of climate change in the global South?