Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture

London, England, United Kingdom

Job description

Previous applicants need not apply

The University of London
The University of London is one of the oldest and largest universities in the UK – and the most diverse. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. We are a federal institution consisting of 18 self-governing member institutions of outstanding reputation and a number of acclaimed central academic bodies.

Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London
The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) was established in 2004 with the merger of the Institute of Germanic Studies and the Institute of Romance Studies, founded in 1950 and 1989, respectively. Its strengths are in the fields of Germanic, French, Hispanic, and Italian studies.

The Institute is committed to initiating, facilitating, and promoting dialogue and research for the Modern Languages community both nationally and internationally. It fosters and contributes to national and international collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and cross-cultural research through seminars, lectures, workshops, colloquia, conferences, a fellowships programme, and its six research centres.

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London brings together nine internationally renowned research institutes to form the UK’s national centre for the support of researchers and the promotion of research in the humanities.

The Position
The Institute of Modern Languages Research is now seeking to appoint a Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture.  This is a part-time fixed-term appointment (1 day per week) and the appointee is expected to commence on or soon after 2 January 2018 through to 31 December 2018, in the first instance.

The Director will promote Austrian literature and culture by initiating, directing and coordinating scholarly, academic and public events as well as by developing research activities at the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture (IBC) within the remit of the Institute of Modern Languages Research.

The appointable candidate will hold a doctorate from a recognised University in German Literature and Language, with a specialisation in Austrian Literature.  You will demonstrate knowledge of Austrian current cultural affairs and have an active interest in Austrian studies and Austrian culture, literature and film.  You will be an advanced communicator with the ability to collaborate with academic and professional services staff, developing networks across scholarly, governmental, non-governmental, media and educational sectors.  Key to your success in this role will be superior organisational skills and experience of designing and organising academic and public events, including seminars, workshops and conferences. You will have native or near-native English and German.

How to apply

Further Information 
To apply for this fixed-term opportunity, please submit your covering letter and CV by clicking here.  Applications close midnight Sunday, 26 November 2017.  Interviews will take place before Christmas.

In submitting your application, you must also provide a minimum of two professional referees.  Unless you request otherwise, referees will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview.

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