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21/2020 2 doctoral positions for Ph.D. projects at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies

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Ort: Erfurt
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Reference number 21/2020

The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg) at the University of Erfurt invites applications for


2 doctoral positions for Ph.D. projects
Pay category E 13 TV-L (65 %)

in the fields of Classics, History of Religion, Sociology, Philosophy and especially in the fields of North American and Modern History and Ancient History as well as related subjects within the framework of the International Graduate School (IGS) “Resonant Self–World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices” directed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa (Erfurt) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann and Prof. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer (Graz), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The positions are to be filled by 1 October 2020 for a period of 3 years.

The project is a cooperation between the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt and the University of Graz. Participants are required to spend the second year of their participation in the programme at the cooperating university.

As an International Research Training Group, the programme’s primary language is English.



  • excellent degree in one of the above named disciplines
  • knowledge of English, German (at least reading skills, candidates without knowledge of German are requested to take courses) and other relevant languages
  • willingness to cooperate with colleagues within the interdisciplinary research environment of the Max-Weber-Kolleg, in particular the IGS, and the University of Graz
  • willingness to take part in the joint study programme and to move to the University of Graz for one academic year
  • willingness to pursue a doctorate at the University of Erfurt

Core research fields and project suggestions in the framework of the IGS are outlined on the programme’s website (cf. “Showcases”). Further proposals developed by applicants for research projects that fit the framework of “Resonant Self–World Relations” in the above named disciplines are welcome.

For more information about the Max-Weber-Kolleg and the IGS please see: 


Comments / Remarks
General conditions of employment of the Thuringian University Act (Thüringer Hochschulgesetz, ThürHG) § 91 pass. 5 apply. The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with the Thuringian Equal Opportunities Act (Thüringer Gleichstellungsgesetz). Applicants with disabilities are given preference in cases of equal qualification. Direct informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Elisabeth Begemann (

Interviews will be conducted on 22 June 2020.


Application Deadline
Please submit your application with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, a copy of your MA or diploma thesis, one letter of recommendation and an outline of the PhD project you would like to pursue (max. 5 pages) with a stringent discussion of your research questions, the state of research on the topic, the methodological approach and the leading hypotheses as well as a working schedule and projected date of completion as pdf-files (maximum of 10 MB) by 30 April 2020 to:

University of Erfurt • Max-Weber-Kolleg •


Data Privacy
For the electronic submission of your application, please find the necessary encrypting certificate with the public key for secure transmissions to the e-mail address given below under, listed under the respective Call for Applications. Secure transmission of your data cannot be warranted if you do not make use of this encrypting method.

In sending your application files in electronic form, you agree to having your e-mail scanned for harmful coding, viruses and spam, to the temporary saving of the necessary data of your correspondence and to the conducting of further correspondence via e-mail without further encryption.

By submitting your application, you also agree to the further processing of the submitted personal data within the application process. This agreement can be withdrawn at any point in written or electronic form, without specifying your reasons. Please note that withdrawal of your agreement may lead to your application not being further considered for the position applied for.

All further regulations regarding data privacy according to Art. 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 may be found under (download Data Protection Information for Applicants).


The University of Erfurt does not refund any costs incurred in the application process.

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