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1 postdoctoral position (TV-L 13) and 2 doctoral scholarships

Aug 29, 2012

University of Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ invites applications for: 1 postdoctoral position (remunerated according to the German public services payscale level TV-L 13) and 2 doctoral scholarships (€1200/month). The appointments are to be made within the research project MC7 “Political Legitimation”.

The research project starts on November 1st, 2012, but a later date of commencement for any of the positions may be considered. The duration of the project and of all the positions is initially limited to 3 years. The postdoctoral position may be extended for a further 2 years pending review of the project results. All the positions entail a claim to research expenses allowance within the limits of the project's budget.

In addition to own research, the postdoctoral fellow will undertake duties connected with the coordination of the research group and organisation of some of its events, including workshops and an international conference. The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to contribute to the supervision of the doctoral candidates.

The doctoral fellow will work on a dissertation addressing the overall objectives of the research project or one of its sub-projects.

The sub-project (led by Prof. Thomas Maissen and Prof. Michael Bergunder) within which the postdoctoral appointment is being made investigates the conceptual pairs of ‘Church and State’ and ‘Religion and Politics’ in their legitimating function in transcultural contexts. The focus is on the constitution of this conceptual dichotomy in the European political discourse from the sixteenth century onward and its subsequent application on, as well as adoption and adaptation in the various regions of Asia. The other sub-project (led by Dr. David Mervart) of this research group explores the languages of political legitimation in early modern East Asia with emphasis on their transformations during the period of Tokugawa Japan’s and Qing China’s increasingly intensive engagement with the West both imagined and real up to the nineteenth century.

Requirements include relevant disciplinary qualification, a solid knowledge of English (working language of the Cluster of Excellence) and at least two more European languages or one Asian language. Full-time presence in Heidelberg during the period of appointment is a condition.

University of Heidelberg is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. In case of equality of qualification and suitability of applicants, the applications made by female researchers will be given preferential consideration. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons.

The complete application (containing a cover letter, an outline of the research project / dissertation plan, CV with a list of publications and, if applicable, of courses taught, a copy of the degree diploma and 2 letters of recommendation) should be sent by September 30th (date of postal stamp) to:

Prof. Thomas Maissen
Universität Heidelberg
Historisches Seminar
Grabengasse 3-5
D-69117 Heidelberg

Tel.: +49 (0) 6221 542 269

The review of applications will start after September 30, 2012 and continue until the positions are filled.

Applicants are advised to acquaint themselves with the Cluster’s research aims and framework. For further information, you may also contact Dr. David Mervart.



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