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The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Arts, Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies is seeking to fill at the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg – ZJS) and the research area Sephardic Perspectives the following position possibly by 01 May 2017 (subject to funding commitment).
Academic Staff Member (m/f)
Requisition No.: 109/2017
The position is for 30 hours of work per week (75 %). The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13). This is a temporary position limited until 31 March 2022 in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG).
The postdoctoral position is governed by the regulations of the University of Pots-dam. It is thematically affiliated with the chair of Jewish Thought (Prof. Dr. Sina Rauschenbach) and is located at the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Applicants should have a completed academic university degree and a completed, above-average doctorate in the field of Jewish studies or a related discipline, pref-erably in history, Judaistik, philosophy or religious studies; very good knowledge of English and basic knowledge of the German language, with the readiness to con-tinue study of German upon acceptance; knowledge of at least one additional lan-guage that is important for the research field (including Spanish, Portuguese, He-brew, Arabic); experience in planning and organization of academic events and in fundraising. The project can lead to a post-doctoral qualification if the applicant does not yet hold a “Habilitation”.
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 the individual research project 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; raise additional funds; and teach one course per semester at the University of Potsdam.
Thematic Description: For centuries, Sephardic Jews have shaped the history of Jewry in large parts of Europe, Northern Africa, the Ottoman Empire, European colonies in Africa, Asia and America as well as in their respective successor states. Not only were Sephardim fundamentally involved in the networking of the world and the development and dissemination of Jewish knowledge. They also assumed important functions as intermediaries between Jewish and non-Jewish cultures. Finally, Ashkenazi philosophers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Science of Judaism saw episodes from Sephardic history as models of the successful integration of Jews into the European societies of their day. Newer research recognizes the important role of the Conversos – baptized Iberian Jews and their descendants, who lived partly in secret as Jews – especially in the formation of proto-modern identities and early modern forms of scepticism. With an emphasis on “Sephardic Perspectives”, the aforementioned connections will be taken into account at the University of Potsdam and at the ZJS. Projects within the “Sephardic Perspectives” research group should deal either with the thought, knowledge, lives and networks of Sephardim and/or Conversos, or with perceptions of and (Jewish or non-Jewish) interactions with Sephardim in European or global contexts. The chronological focus for the research ranges from the late Middle Ages to the emergence of the Science of Judaism. However, in justified cases later epochs can also be considered for projects.
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 re-search 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.
Under the laws of the federal state of Brandenburg, employees under this contract are permitted to dedicate at least 33% of their contract time for their scientific qualification. The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We expressly invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.
The deadline for applications is 12 March 2017. Applications are to be sent in pa-per form and electronically as one single PDF file to: University of Potsdam, Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, Frau Wenke Papenhagen, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.zentrum-juedische-studien.de
For more information please contact: Dr. Monika Schärtl, email: email@example.com, or phone: 49 30 2093–66310.
In order to return your application documents, we request that you include a self-addressed stamped envelope.