The University of Münster (Germany) wishes to appoint a three year 65 %

Research Associate

within the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation”, research project “Buildings Change Their Identity – Iberia 711–1609” under the direction of Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel.

This fixed-term position is scheduled to start on August 1, 2019, and will run until Sept. 30 2022. According to the German collective labour agreement for public sector employees (TV-L E 13), the salary for the position starts at approximately 1566 € (net) per month during the first year. The regular working hours amount to 25 hours and 53 minutes per week.

The Cluster is an interdisciplinary research association with a thematic focus on the dynamic power of religion as a driving force behind political and social changes. Disciplines involved include: history, political science, sociology, Catholic and Protestant theology and law, Islamic studies and theology, Jewish studies, Egyptology, Archaeology, Philosophy, Philology, Art History and Ethnology. For more information on the structures and research outline of the Cluster, please refer to .

Standard duties:

  • Participation in research project “Buildings Change Their Identity – Iberia 711–1609”
  • Active involvement in the Graduate School program
  • Dissertation project

Research assistants are expected to pursue their own academic career (doctoral thesis) in conjunction with the duties pertaining to the position. In order to facilitate communication and collaboration within the Graduate School, applicants who are not proficient in German will be encouraged to attend German language courses.

Qualifications, knowledge and experiences:

  • Above-average higher education diploma in Jewish Studies, Jewish History, General History with an expertise in Jewish history, or related disciplines
  • Profound knowledge in medieval Jewish cultural, Hebrew, Spanish. Language skills can be improved during the  PhD enrollment
  • Experience in handling medieval source material

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of female academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

Among applicants of equal qualifications and equal position-relevant skills, disabled candidates will be given preference unless other candidate-related reasons prevail.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests, and names/addresses of two referees within a single PDF document, and to be submitted by April 3 to:

Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel
Institute of Jewish Studies
Address: Johannisstrasse 1

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed by email to