5 Doctoral Fellowships 2020 - "Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged", Germany

Publish Date: Mar 08, 2020

Deadline: Apr 30, 2020

Doctoral position (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%)

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group 1876 “Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged” established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz invites applications for 5 doctoral positions (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%)

starting on October 1st, 2020. Initial appointment will be for three years

The Research Training Group is directed by scholars from the fields of Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Pre- and
Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Classics (Greek
and Latin), Byzantine Studies and Medieval German Studies.

We are looking for dissertation projects that will connect with and complement dissertation projects within the Research Training Group as well as additional dissertation projects belonging to one of the four areas.

Requirements for appointment:

A diploma or master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent results in one of the disciplines mentioned above and fulfilment of the necessary requirements for enrolment on a doctoral degree in either Faculty (Fachbereich) 05 or 07 of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 

We offer:

  • a salary based on the German public sector pay scale (TV-L)
  • a PhD programme with clearly defined steps and instruction
  • ample opportunities for intensive professional and interdisciplinary exchange
  • close supervision by two professors of different academic disciplines of the Research Training Group’s core faculty
  • a mentoring programme with cooperating partners in Germany and abroad
  • traineeships within cooperating institutes
  • additional funding for staying for up to four weeks abroad at a research institute cooperating with our programme as well as for attending conferences inside and outside Germany
  • classes helping you to acquire key qualifications (e.g. time-management or academic writing courses)
  • a modern and pleasant working environment

The following documents must be provided:


  • application form (available on the website for download)
  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a complete transcript of academic records, including the last school report obtained before entering university (Abitur, highschool-diploma or equivalent)
  • a résumé of the graduate thesis you submitted (3 pages)
  • your graduate thesis in a PDF file
  • an exposé for a PhD thesis in one of the areas of the Research Training Group, summarizing the idea, outlining research questions and state of the art, approach and methods to be used, work and time schedule (4 pages)
  • two letters of reference from members of academic staff allowing us to judge your abilities (to be sent before the closing date directly to the spokesperson)
  • if available: a list of attended conferences and publications

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