The BCDSS is currently looking for 10 Research Associates (PhD positions)
The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers a wide range of degree programs. With 200 years’ worth of history, some 38,000 students, over 6,000 employees, and an excellent domestic and international reputation, Bonn University is among Germany’s leading universities. 10 Research Associates (PhD Positions) (65%, TVL E-13) The Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies invites applications for the above positions running two years, from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2022. There will be an option of extending the contract for an additional one year after a positive interim evaluation (3+1 years) for
The successful candidates will be employed at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS). The BCDSS was awarded the status of "Cluster of Excellence: Beyond Slavery and Freedom. Asymmetric Dependencies in pre-modern Societies" by the German Research Council. The BCDSS offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary and comparative study of different forms of dependencies from antiquity to the present, across many regions. The Center’s research into different forms of dependencies are approached from five different thematic and methodological perspectives (Research Areas, RA):
- RA A) Grammars of Dependency;
- RA B) Embodied Dependencies;
- RA C) Institutions, Norms, and Practices;
- RA D) Labor and Spatiality; RA E) Gender (and Intersectionality)
The successful candidates will formulate independent projects within one of the BCDSS’ Research Areas. The proposed projects may address any issue relevant to the study of “Slavery and Dependency”, from any discipline respective to the chosen Research Area. Topics can therefore be of a wide variety – from micro studies to wide scale approaches, in any historical period or geographical region. The successful candidates will participate in the Center’s graduate program Bonn International Graduate School – Dependency and Slavery Studies that offers academic seminars and a nonacademic training, giving a competitive edge when seeking future positions.
The positions are funded for up to four years (3 + 1 years) on a salary of 65% of the tariff of TV-L-E13, about €30,000 pro-rata per annum before tax. The successful candidates will receive a salary and social security benefits. In addition, access to extra funding for archive trips and conferences will be available, as well as institutional support for applicants with families and for women. PhD candidates at the University of Bonn are advised to enrol as PhD students at the bi-annual “fee” of about €250. This fee covers free public transport in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as student discounts at museums, cinemas, and other benefits.
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