Research Associate (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow (DI), Leipzig

The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow is seeking to fill the following position starting from 1.4.2022:

Research Associate (m/f/d)

“Ignaz Goldziher Program for Jewish-Muslim Studies”

100% full time equivalent (40 hours per week)

The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow (DI) is an internationally oriented research institution dedicated to scholarly research on Jewish life worlds, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, from early modernity through to the present. It covers this topic in university courses and presents its research findings in various forms to an academic and generally interested public.

The “Ignaz Goldziher Program for Jewish-Muslim Studies,” which is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation and is based at the DI, offers scholars from Muslim contexts an opportunity to spend twelve months at the institute to work on or complete a research project on the mutual experiences of Jews and Muslims in modernity and related questions of reform, confessionalization, secularization, and pluralism, or to develop a new project in this field and, with the help of the institute, to develop it to a level suitable for funding applications. The DI offers a vibrant, inspiring, and interdisciplinary scholarly environment, the space to develop independent ideas, and manifold opportunities to discuss and develop one’s project with experts in the field.

The position, contingent on relevant qualifications, will be remunerated according to pay grade 13 TV-L.  It will be limited to a period of 1 year. Full-time preferred; part-time possible. The position will be based in Leipzig.

We invite scholars to apply who hold PhDs or are in the final stages of a doctoral program in a field especially relevant to the DI, including modern and contemporary history, Eastern European history, Islamic studies, Oriental studies, Judaism and/or Jewish studies, and cultural studies. Proficiency in English is preferred, as is a very good knowledge of foreign languages pertinent to the area of research. Knowledge of written and spoken German would be advantageous. IT skills (Office) are a prerequisite.

The DI offers good opportunities to combine career and family. Qualified women are expressly invited to apply. Applications from people with severe disabilities will be given preference, contingent on equal suitability and competence. The personal data you share in the application procedure will be processed by the DI. The DI will use this data for the purposes of the application procedure. Data is not shared with third parties. The DI will not cover the costs of the interview.

Please send your application, including a letter of motivation, a CV, an outline of your project (max. 2 pages), a sample of an essay relevant to the area of research (about 20 pages), degrees, as well as copies of any relevant certificates and evaluations, by 28.1.2022 by mail to

Leibniz-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur – Simon Dubnow


Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss

Goldschmidtstraße 28

04103 Leipzig

or electronically to bewerbung(at)dubnow.de.

Applications should consist of a single PDF file. Applications via email are not encrypted and may therefore entail data protection concerns. The applicant takes full responsibility for this.

Regarding any personnel questions, please contact Mandy Fitzpatrick, Tel. 0341- 21735-54, fitzpatrick(at)dubnow.de.

For cost reasons, we cannot return application materials. These will be destroyed after 2 months or after completion of the application procedure. Should you wish to have your materials returned, please enclose a sufficiently large, stamped return envelope.