Deadline: May 2, 2022

2 Assistantships (60%) in North American and General Literature

As of August 1, 2022, the Department of English at the University of Basel is looking for two 60% assistants in North American and General Literature (with Prof. Philipp Schweighauser). You will work in a vibrant and research-active department. The conditions of employment are based on the regulations of the University of Basel. Assistant positions are fixed term (1+3 years).

Candidates should have an MA degree in English or American Studies and a sustained interest in literary and cultural theory.

The successful applicant will

  • write their PhD thesis, publish academic articles, give conference talks, attend relevant conferences, and spend one year at a research institution in the U.S.
  • teach 2 hours per semester on the BA level
  • perform administrative duties, such as study counselling and active involvement in the planning and organization of departmental structures, processes, and courses of study
  • support Schweighauser in his academic work and administrative duties

In one PDF file, applicants should send in

  • a cover letter
  • their CV
  • a piece of writing of no more than 30 pages that best represents the applicant’s research, e.g. a seminar paper, a chapter of their M.A. thesis or an article
  • a sketch of a PhD project
  • copies of university diplomas

by May 2. Please address your correspondence to Kathrin Eckerth ( in one PDF file.