CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: One postdoctoral position (E 13/TV-L 75%, third-party financing through 31.03.2022, subject to funding commitment) in the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS – Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg) at the Technische Universität Berlin
The Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg is seeking to fill one postdoctoral position in the field of Jewish studies, from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2022, in the research area: Bearing witness – The history of memorials (after) the Shoah
The postdoctoral position is governed by the regulations of the Technische Universität Berlin. It is thematically affiliated with the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung (ZfA/ Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum) and is located at the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Applicants must have completed an academic university degree and a completed, above-average doctorate in the field of Jewish studies, history or cultural studies; very good knowledge of MS Office as well as German, English, possibly also Hebrew, in both spoken and written form. Experience in planning and organization of academic events and in fundraising are a plus.
Applicants must submit a proposal for an individual project in the research area. The project also must be suitable as a basis for forming a junior research group that will include two additional doctoral projects. Therefore, the proposal should indicate possible starting points for two dissertation projects. The project is to be structured in such a way that it has advanced sufficiently for the two doctoral students to join at the start of the second year. The postdoc will take part in the selecting process for the two doctoral students.
In addition to working on one’s scientific qualification and managing the junior research group, the successful applicant is expected to oversee the organization of an international workshop; participate actively in and help organize events at the ZJS and the ZfA; raise additional funds; and prepare and realize lectures in the context of the master course of studies of the ZfA (2 semester periods per week).
Thematic Description: Memory and remembrance are central to Judaism. But their shape and means of expression have been fundamentally tested by the Shoah: Later attempts to make sense of this catastrophe by drawing on religious-ethical interpretations appeared doomed to failure given the enormity of the horrors. After the war, however, variants of remembrance rituals developed, which in numerous ways are linked to – and modify – traditional mourning rituals and their institutionally embodied forms both in liturgy and religious practice. In this regard, early on there were intersections between the historiographical and juridical interest in testimony, exploration, identification and the naming of the event. At the heart of this confrontation with the crimes of National Socialism we find the memories of survivors, many of whom have provided testimony that is accessible in different formats (written, oral, audio-visual). At the same time, the confrontation with this past still has central political and symbolic functions in numerous European countries, serving – in quite a variety of ways – to affirm the identity of post-war or post-dictatorship societies. The task of this subproject at the Technische Universität Berlin is to take a European comparative research approach to Jewish and non-Jewish, historico-political and traditional religious aspects of remembrance of the German crimes against humanity.
Applications must include a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s), a list of publications, a proposal of 5-8 pages outlining an innovative research project in the context of assembling a junior research group (research question and objective, state of research, own preliminary work, possible cooperation partners – both persons and institutions –, as well as methodologies), and the name of two references.
The deadline for application is 17 March 2017.
Applications are to be sent in printed form and electronically as one single PDF file to:
Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg
attn. Dr. Monika Schärtl
For more information please contact:
Dr. Monika Schärtl
Phone: 030 / 20 93 – 66 310.
In order to ensure gender equality, applications from qualified female scholars are particularly welcome. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.
Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.