Available positions

1 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 1 doctoral position (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 13 TV-L 65%) starting at the earliest opportunity. Initial appointment will be for two and a half 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.

In the Research Training Group’s research programme, the object is to record concepts of humans and nature in the Near Eastern, Northeast African and European area in the period from ca. 100.000 years B.C.E. until the Middle Ages – starting out from textual, pictorial and material sources – by means of examples and to study them in culturally immanent as well as transcultural respects. In order to align the spectrum of potential fields of topics in a targeted manner four main focal points of research have been defined:

  • (1) Primordial conditions and elements, the origin and the end of the world;
  • (2) Natural phenomena, the forces of nature, and natural catastrophes;
  • (3) Flora, fauna, and natural environment;
  • (4) The conceptualization of the human body, of disease, healing and death.

Topics for PhD theses must be chosen from one of these four areas and belong to one of the academic disciplines mentioned above.

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.

For detailed information regarding our research and training programme and for a list of the academic staff involved in our graduate school, please refer to our homepage (http://www.blogs.uni-mainz.de/fb07-grk-man-nature/).

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 (https://www.uni-mainz.de/studium/171_ENG_HTML.php)

We expect:

  • preparation of a doctoral thesis within our research programme
  • scientific training within a structured dissertation programme
  • continuous participation in the study programme
  • cooperation with other PhD students and scholars from neighbouring fields and disciplines
  • presence at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • after the three year funding period: doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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.

Please submit your complete application in electronic form (pdf) no later than October 20th, 2019 to the Research Training Group’s spokesperson Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening (grk1876@uni-mainz.de).

Please find further information here.

Associate positions (assoziierte/r Kollegiat/in)

Are you already working on a doctoral thesis or research project, which is related to one of the research domains of our Research Training Group? Do you want to intensify scientific exchange with colleagues from different disciplines? Do you want to benefit from our extensive research and qualification programme and use the possibility to get in touch with international cooperation partners and collaborators? Would you like to acquire key qualifications, e.g. time-management or academic writing skills? Would you like to write your doctoral thesis in an agreeable working environment?

In our Research Training Group, we can offer you the opportunity.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Further information for PhD students you may find here.

Further information for PostDocs will be available on request from the coordination office.

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