doctoral researcher (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig

The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) researches the historical and cultural development processes in the region between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas in a comparative perspective. The wide geographical scope of its research programme requires a special research approach that combines comparative studies, interdisciplinarity and transnationality, and which also takes into account the entire historical depth from the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages to the present. The GWZO is a member of the Leibniz Association and an affiliate institution of Leipzig University.

Within the GWZO Junior Research Group “Contrasting East Central Europe”, we are looking to fill, at the earliest possible date, the position of a

doctoral researcher (m/f/d)

at the 13 TV-L (65%) salary level. The PhD position is awarded for three years, with the possibility of a one-year extension (in accordance with stipulations of the WissZeitVG).

Reference number: 21_04_D

The GWZO Junior Research Group “Contrasting East Central Europe” examines the cultural and social transformations in the region in a comparative perspective. The research projects within the group pursue a transnational and transregional approach by opening up the region of East Central Europe to the west and to the east, and by reflecting on the regional processes in a global context.

The position offered will contribute to the research field of material culture in the past or present, preferably with a focus on museum studies or the built environment. The doctoral researcher will develop, write and submit a dissertation.

Your tasks:

  • Research on a subject of relevance to the Junior Research Group and writing up a PhD thesis
  • Contribution to the research activities of the Junior Research Group, including collaboration with the Leibniz Research Alliance “Value of the Past”
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers at the GWZO       

Your profile:

  • A very good master’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or social sciences
  • Very good command of English and one Eastern European language
  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration (desirable)

 We offer:

  • A creative and motivating work environment, flat hierarchies
  • Openness and collaboration based on trust
  • The opportunity of further qualification
  • A workplace in the centre of Leipzig in close proximity to the Leipzig University campus

We support doctoral researchers in developing, writing and submitting the dissertation manuscript by providing continuous supervision and the possibility of training in research methods and publishing. The doctoral researchers at GWZO participate in the study programme of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS) at Leipzig University and the GWZO research colloquium.

Please send your application together with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, diplomas, and a PhD proposal of max. 3 pages), quoting the reference number, by 8 August 2021 to the Director of the GWZO (Prof. Dr. Christian Lübke, Reichsstr. 4-6, 04109 Leipzig) or via email bewerbung(at)leibniz-gwzo.de.

Please note that it is not possible to guarantee confidentiality or rule out unauthorised access by third parties when communicating via unencrypted email. The applicant assumes full responsibility for these associated risks.

The GWZO actively pursues the goal of gender equality at work; women are expressly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled persons are likewise encouraged to apply and will be given preference in case of equal qualification and suitability.

Enquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Corinne Geering (corinne.geering(at)leibniz-gwzo.de).

Interviews are scheduled to be held online in August 2021.

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Any data you provide us with in connection with your application will be processed only for the purposes of this selection process and, where appropriate, in preparation for your employment. The legal basis of the processing of your personal data is § 11 Sentence 1 of the Saxon Data Protection Act (SächsDSG) in conjunction with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The controller responsible for data protection is the addressee of the application as stated above. Your application documents will be made available to:

  • the members of the appointment committee
  • the personnel management
  • the Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • the Disability Officer
  • where applicable, the works council within the scope of their organisational and legal competences

Your personal data will be erased no later than six months after completion of the selection process. You have the following rights vis-à-vis the controllers with regard to your personal data: Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR), Right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR); Right to erasure (Art. 17 GDPR), Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR), and Right to object to data processing (Art. 21 GDPR). Please direct any questions to the data protection officer at GWZO. Furthermore, there is a right of appeal to the Saxon data protection officer.

More information on the GWZO is available on our website www.leibniz-gwzo.de.