Job Opportunities

1 x Postdoctoral Researcher + 2 x 0.65 PhD Researchers as part of the ERC project “Atlantic Exiles: Refugees and Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1770s–1820s”

The research project “Atlantic Exiles: Refugees and Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1770s–1820s” invites applications for one postdoctoral position (TV-L E13, 100%) and two PhD Positions (TV-L E13, 65%) to join the research team on April 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are offered for the duration of three years, with an option of extending for an additional year after a positive interim evaluation (3+1 years). The research project is funded by an ERC Starting Grant, directed by Professor Jan C. Jansen, and hosted by the University Duisburg-Essen.

“Atlantic Exiles” explores comparatively the large-scale refugee movements set off by the revolutions in North and South America, France, and Haiti. Based on case studies from the Caribbean and the American continent, the project sets out to show that political migrants and refugee movements were at the very core of major transformations that the Atlantic world underwent during these decades. The project recasts the Caribbean as one of the world’s major receiving and transit region for refugees during this period, and it provides the first systematic combination of Atlantic history with the nascent research field of refugee history. In addition, it sets the findings from the Atlantic world into the context of the global history context of involuntary migrations. The project includes four sub-projects carried out by the PI, one Postdoc and two doctoral researchers. Each team member will work on one of three regional case studies, focusing on Kingston and the British Empire (sub-project 1), Havana and the Spanish Empire (sub-project 2), and Philadelphia and the early United States (sub-project 3), respectively. For more information on the project, its lines of inquiry and sub-projects, visit www.atlantic-exiles.eu.

Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d) at universities (Salary equivalent to TV-L 13)

Mission and Activities:
– to contribute to the accomplishment of an ambitious research project by conducting independent and coordinated research in a team;
– to work closely with the project leader, Prof. Jan C. Jansen, in the administration and direction of the project;
– to conduct archival research on one of the project’s sub-projects, specializing in a British Caribbean, Spanish American or US American case study (sub-projects 1-3); applicants need to identify one subproject for which they wish to submit their application;
– Guidance for project-associated doctoral researchers and research assistants;
– to write single-authored scholarly texts, present research outputs at academic conferences, and contribute to the organization of research dissemination events.

Your benefits:
The successful candidate will receive social security benefits. Budget for archival travels, conferences, etc. is available. Team members will be integrated into a young, dynamic, and internationally well-connected research environment.

Your profile:
– completed (or close to completion) doctorate in history, or related discipline in the humanities and social sciences;
– sufficient knowledge of the languages and areas relevant to the sub-project (US American, Spanish American or British Caribbean case study);
– excellent spoken and written English;
– international academic experience (study, research, conferences etc.) and/or experiences with digital history methods are an asset;
– proven ability in archival research;
– commitment to teamwork, excellent communication skills, and reliability to meet deadlines.

Start of position: 1 April 2021

Contract period: 3 years (renewal of 1 year possible)

Working time: 100 % of a full-time position

Application deadline: 7 January 2021

The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members (s. http://www.uni-due.de/diversity)

The University Duisburg-Essen has been awarded for its effort to promote gender equality with the “Total-EQuality- Award”. It aims at increasing the share of women in the scientific personnel and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women will be preferentially considered when equally qualified according to the state equality law.

Applications from disabled or equivalents according to § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX are encouraged.

Applications and inquiries with refence code 785-20 should be addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Jansen
University Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Humanity
D-45117 Essen

Applications must include:
1) letter of motivation, identifying one regional sub-project and specifying applicant’s qualifications to carry it out (max. 2 pages);
2) CV (max. 2 pages);
3) outline of how applicant plans to carry out and develop one of the three regional sub-projects (subprojects 1-3) into a second book project (max. 3,000 words, including references),
4) electronic copy of PhD thesis
5) diplomas/certificates (including official transcripts), and
6) names and contact information of two academic referees.

Please submit all documents in a single PDF to atlantic-exiles@uni-due.de.

For further information and questions regarding the positions and the research project please contact the principal investigator Prof. Jan C. Jansen at jan.c.jansen@uni-due.de.

See also: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/stellenmarkt/stellenangebote_an_universitaeten/wissenschaftliche_beschaeftigte_an_der_ude_oeffentlich/2020/aus_785-20_-_wiss._mit._prof._dr._jansen__richter_.pdf.

2 x Doctoral researcher (f/m/d) at universities (Salary equivalent to TV-L 13)

Mission and Activities:
– to contribute to the accomplishment of an ambitious research project by conducting independent and coordinated research in a team;
– to conduct archival research on one of the project’s sub-projects, specializing in a British Caribbean, Spanish American or US American case study (sub-projects 1-3); applicants need to identify one subproject for which they wish to submit their application;
– to write single-authored scholarly texts, present research outputs at academic conferences, and contribute to the organization of research dissemination events
– possibility to write a doctoral thesis

Your benefits:
The successful candidates will receive social security benefits. Budget for archival travels, conferences, etc. is available. Team members will be integrated into a young, dynamic, and internationally well-connected research environment.

Your profile:
– Master’s (M.A.) degree or equivalent in history, or related discipline in the humanities and social sciences, required by the time of appointment
– sufficient knowledge of the languages and areas relevant to the sub-project (US American, Spanish American or British Caribbean case study)
– excellent spoken and written English
– international academic experience (study, research, conferences etc.) and/or experiences with digital history methods are an asset
– commitment to teamwork, excellent communication skills, and reliability to meet deadlines

Start of position: 1 April 2021

Contract period: 3 years (renewal of 1 year possible)

Working time: 65 % of a full-time position

Application deadline: 7 January 2021

The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members (s. http://www.uni-due.de/diversity)

The University Duisburg-Essen has been awarded for its effort to promote gender equality with the “Total-EQuality-Award”. It aims at increasing the share of women in the scientific personnel and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women will be preferentially considered when equally qualified according to the state equality law.

Applications from disabled or equivalents according to § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX are encouraged.

Applications and inquiries with refence code 784-20 should be addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Jansen
University Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Humanity
D-45117 Essen

Applications must include:
1) letter of motivation, identifying one regional sub-project and specifying applicant’s qualifications to carry it out (max. 2 pages);
2) CV (max. 2 pages);
3) outline of how applicant plans to carry out and develop one of the three regional sub-projects (subprojects 1-3) into a PhD project (max. 3,000 words, including references),
4) a sample of work of max. four pages (preferably in English), together with a short description of the context (e.g. part of BA or MA thesis, term paper, published article etc.) in its original language.
5) diplomas/certificates (including official transcripts); and
6) names and contact information of two academic referees.

Please submit all documents in a single PDF to atlantic-exiles@uni-due.de.

For further information and questions regarding the positions and the research project please contact the principal investigator Prof. Jan C. Jansen at jan.c.jansen@uni-due.de.

See also: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/stellenmarkt/stellenangebote_an_universitaeten/wissenschaftliche_beschaeftigte_an_der_ude_oeffentlich/2020/aus_784-20_wiss._mit._prof._dr._jansen__richter_.pdf.

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