Junior Professor of Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History

Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. Thanks to its location in the Rhine-Main science region, the university can unfold to its full potential and showcase its innovative power and dynamism. Its status as a comprehensive university allows for multidisciplinary learning and teaching and has great potential for internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research. Almost all of its institutes are located on a single campus close to the Mainz city center – creating a lively academic culture for researchers, teaching staff, and students from every continent.

Römisch Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) is a globally operating archaeological research institute and museum of the Leibniz association with a headquarter in Mainz and two other locations in Neuwied and Mayen. Since its foundation in 1852 it dedicates itself to the material legacy of humankind from the Pleistocene to the Middle Ages aiming to understand human behaviour and activity as well as the development and transformation of societies. To this end, the RGZM maintains in addition to laboratories for archaeological science, traceology and restoration a variety of research infrastructures, including collections, one of the largest specialist libraries for archaeology in Europe and extensive archives. This infrastructure supports research, teaching, and knowledge transfer at national and international levels. As a Leibniz- Research Museum, knowledge transfer via publications, events, exhibitions and educational programs form a central part of the RGZM working program. The RGZM, a foundation under public law, financed by the German Federal and State Governments, is a member of the Leibniz association.

The Institute of Art History and Music Science at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies invites applications for the position of

Junior Professor of Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History

as part of a joint appointment with RGZM beginning at the earliest possible date.

Salary grade W 1 LBesG with tenure track to W 2 | Civil servant with a fixed-term contract

Tasks and expectations:

We are looking for a candidate with proven outstanding scientific qualification in national and international research contexts and the ability to apply innovative teaching methods. Applicants must hold an outstanding doctorate in the field of Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History.

Applicants are required to have a special focus on material culture of the eastern Mediterranean or to be willing and able to develop such a focus in their work. Proven knowledge of Greek is considered a prerequisite. Competencies in the field of iconography, art history and historical cultural sciences are desired.

The position is advertised in the context of the Leibniz ScienceCampus (LWZ) “Byzantium between Orient and Occident”. It aims at the sustainable establishment of an interdisciplinary research focus Byzantinum in Mainz and the Rhine-Main region. The future holder of the position is expected to contribute to the development of the research agenda of the ScienceCampus and to apply for third-party funding for the ScienceCampus main research topics. Furthermore, the junior professor is expected to get involved in the design, development and implementation of an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master De- gree on Byzantine Studies. Willingness to teach courses in the faculty’s degree programs, to contribute to their further development and to participate in the university’s academic self-administration is required. Applicants must be able to teach courses in German and English. Close cooperation with other relevant disciplines at JGU, the RGZM and the ScienceCampus is considered a pre- requisite.


In addition to the general requirements according to pub- lic services law, applicants must meet the recruitment re- quirements stipulated in Section 54 of the Hochschulge- setz of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate and JGU are committed to close personal mentoring of students and therefore expect teaching staff to have a strong presence at the uni- versity. The same applies to the research duties at RGZM. A cooperative, team-oriented and proactive work attitude, strong communication skills, and the willingness to assume responsibility – including further professional development in accordance with JGU’s and the RGZM’s leadership guidelines – is also expected.

Junior professors with tenure track are initially appointed as civil servants for a period of six years. After this period, the position will be converted to a tenured professorship (W 2), provided the holder of the position meets the rele- vant regulations of higher education law (final evaluation procedure) as well as the general requirements according to public services law. In the fourth year, the junior profes- sor’s performance level will be evaluated in order to pro- vide orientation for the following three years. At the same time, the holder of the position will be put on leave in order to assume office in the competence area Early Medieval Period and Byzantium in the RGZM. The conversion to the W 2 professorship is accompanied by a suspension to assume a leading position in the RGZM.

What we have to offer:

JGU and RGZM firmly support making family and career compatible and promotes its employees’ further profes- sional development with an extensive human resources development offer.

JGU and RGZM are diverse and welcome qualified appli- cations from people with varied backgrounds.

JGU and RGZM aim to increase the number of women in research and teaching and therefore encourages fe- male researchers to apply.

Candidates with severe disabilities and appropriate qual- ifications will be given priority.

Please submit your application, including CV, references, diplomas and certificates, as well as a list of publications and courses taught, current research projects and eventually third party funds as well as a proposal for future research projects by May 9th, 2021 electronically as 1 PDF file to the

Dean of the Faculty Historical and Cultural Studies

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Kißener

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 55099 Mainz, dekanatfb07-bewerbung(at)uni-mainz.de

also to the

General Director, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexandra Busch

Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2, 55116 Mainz, generaldirektorin(at)rgzm.de

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