2 PostDoc-Positions at Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies, Germany

Publish Date: Sep 03, 2015

Deadline: Sep 06, 2015

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is one of the leading European universities with a tradition reaching back more than 500 years. The university established in 2012 the Graduate School "Distant Worlds: Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies" which is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network that brings together LMU Munich and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies. As part of its doctoral study and postdoctoral training programme, the Graduate School combines research from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of ancient studies.

The Graduate School invites applications for the following positions: 2 PostDoc-Positions Salary grade 13 TV-L / 100%.

The starting date will be November 1, 2015.

The positions are limited to two years; the possibility of applying for a one-year extension is currently under consideration and will be decided as of 2016.

One of these positions will be responsible for co-ordinating the junior research group ‘Constructions of the Beautiful‘. This is one of seven junior research groups, each of which is organised around one of the focus-areas of the School:

  1. Constructions of norms
  2. Constructions of elites
  3. Constructions of the "beautiful"
  4. Organisation of coexistence
  5. Organisation of exchange
  6. Organisation of dealing with dissent
  7. Organisation of memory and forgetting


  • Successful candidates will conduct an independent research project contributing to one of the seven focus areas, to be chosen by the candidates themselves. In pursuing their research, candidates will be supported by mentors chosen from the group of Principal Investigators of the School.
  • They will collaborate with doctoral students in an interdisciplinary junior research group and coordinate the activities of that group (supported by mentors).
  • They will develop new research perspectives in the field of ancient studies together with doctoral students, Principal Investigators and other members of the Münchner Zentrum für Antike Welten.

In order to apply, candidates will need to have completed their doctorate in the field of ancient studies with outstanding results. Applicants will need to submit a proposal for an independent research project. They should demonstrate their willingness to work in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in basic and theoretical questions.

The School offers the scope for developing new perspectives in an inspiring research environment.

Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit the following required application documents electronically:

(A) as one pdf-file:
(1) Application letter (letter of motivation)
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) List of publications and list of courses taught
(4) Degree certificates
(5) Research proposal (max. 7.500 characters incl. spaces) plus bibliography
(6) Sample of your written work (app. length: 10–12 pages).

(B) as doc- or docx-file:
completed application form
(download: www.mzaw.uni-muenchen.de/download/postdoc_application2015.doc).

(C) 2 Letters of reference:
To be emailed directly by the referees to application@mzaw.lmu.de citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/15_your_name

For further questions regarding the postdoc positions please send an email to Anna Waldschütz at anna.waldschuetz@mzaw.lmu.de.

You can find further information on the Graduate School "Distant Worlds" on the following website: www.mzaw.uni-muenchen.de/dw

Please submit your complete application in German or English citing the reference number DW-PostDoc/15 at the latest by September 6, 2015 exclusively via email to: application@mzaw.lmu.de

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