The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster, Germany, wishes to appoint a

Research Associate
(salary level TV-L E13, 65%)

within research project A3-7 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf.

This fixed-term, three-year position is scheduled to start on 1 October 2019 and will end on 30 September 2022. According to the German collective labour agreement for public sector employees (TV-L E13), the salary for the position starts at approximately €1566 (net) per month during the first year. The regular working hours for this half-time (65%) position 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 his-tory and ethnology. For more information on the structures and research outline of the Cluster, please visit

Standard duties:

  • Participation in research project A3-7 "Figures of Hate. Prolegomena to a Literary and Cultural History" (directed by Prof Dr Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf)
  • Active involvement in the Graduate School programme
  • Preparation of a dissertation within the research project A3-7, preferably on the literary reception of Lessing’s Nathan der Weise and the relationship between the three mono-theistic religions in literature

Research associates are expected to pursue their own academic career (doctoral thesis) in con-junction 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 experience:

  • Above-average higher education diploma in literary studies, preferably in German litera-ture
  • Profound knowledge of German, English, and at least one other language
  • Interest/experience in the history of religions and theology

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferen-tially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered, 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, which should be submit-ted by 15 June 2019 to:

Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf
Germanistisches Institut
Universität Münster
Schlossplatz 34
48143 Münster

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed by email to Professor Wagner-Egelhaaf.