Heidelberg Academy of Humanities and Sciences

3 doctoral positions and 1 post-doctoral position at Heidelberg

Since 2002, the Heidelberg Academy has funded outstanding
young scientists in Baden Wurttemberg and elsewhere who
co-operate on interdisciplinary research projects within
working groups ("WIN-Kolleg"). As part of the WIN-Kolleg, the
research group "Spatial Organisation, Norms and Law in the
Historical Cultures of Europe and Asia" will undertake
comparative studies of select historical cultures of ancient
Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-colonial India,
focusing on how the concepts of social, political and cultural
order are defined by drawing borders within the natural living
space of humans, and on how a normative spatial order is
subsequently established. The Heidelberg Academy is currently
seeking young researchers with a scholarly project that fits
into one of the areas named above. There is no other
limitation on the choice of topic. More information on the
project can be found at:

The following positions are available:

a. Three half-positions for doctoral students. Doctoral
students may come from any relevant discipline, including
history, archaeology, legal history, and philology. One
position is available for each of three areas: Graeco-Roman
antiquity, the ancient Near East and pre-colonial India. The
doctoral students will be employees of the Heidelberg Academy,
working at the University of Heidelberg with a supervisor from
one of the participating departments (see project
description). Duties will include regular and mandatory
participation in the interdisciplinary workshops of the group.
Passive knowledge of the German language is a pre-requisite,
but the dissertation may be published in another language. The
posts are initially for two years, but can be extended for an
additional year upon a positive evaluation of the research

b. One full position for a post doctoral researcher. The
successful candidate will be an ancient historian with a Ph.D.
in hand and a relevant research proposal in the area of Roman
antiquity. The position is attached to the Seminar for Ancient
History in Heidelberg and includes the duty to participate in
the interdisciplinary workshops of the research group in
Heidelberg. A habilitation within the framework of the project
is possible. Voluntary participation in teaching is desirable.
The post is initially for two years, but upon a positive
evaluation of the individual research and that of the entire
project can be extended for up to five years.

Salary for all posts is based on the rates of the state civil
service (E13 TV-L); specific details can be provided by the
personnel department of the Academy. The positions are to be
filled on August 1^st 2008, or later upon agreement.
Applications (in German or English) should include:

· A C.V. and copies of degree certificates

· Proof of the languages necessary for research in the
relevant field of study.

· A detailed research proposal (ca. 5 pages, in German or
English) or a demonstration of relevant past research.

· An indication of the department in which the dissertation
will be sought.

Please address all inquiries to the speaker of the project:
Dr. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Seminar für Alte Geschichte und
Epigraphik der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg;

The selection of successful candidates will be made by an
interdisciplinary jury in which all sections of the project
are represented. In addition to excellence in the candidate's
field of study, selection criteria will include the quality of
the research proposal, the suitability of the proposed project
to the entire work group, and the potential of the project for
interdisciplinary research. Disabled candidates of an equal
quality will be preferred. Applications of women are
particularly encouraged.

The deadline for applications is *July 11th 2008*. Please send all application material to:

Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Geschäftsstelle

Postfach 10 27 69

69017 Heidelberg