Call for Applications

Selection Procedure

To apply for the programme, please submit the following documents in one file (max. 10 MB) by the deadline indicated in the Call for Applications:

  • current CV
  • copies of your final school and university degrees
  • copy of MA or diploma thesis
  • letter of recommendation by an academic teacher
  • outline of the PhD project you would like to pursue (see also our showcases)

The IGDK specifically calls on female and diverse researchers to submit applications, especially after a phase of family duties.

The selection process is structured by the following steps:

  1. formal eligibility (excellent degree, exposé with relevance for the overall project, complete application files)
  2. reviews of the application by the faculty
  3. personal interviews with the faculty

Our selection criteria are:

  • excellence of the candidate (proven by timely completion of MA or similar degree, bearing in mind specific situations, i.e. childcare, chronical illness, second chance education etc.), a qualification degree with above-average results and proven qualification specific to the IGDK as well as high self-motivation and initial experience in academic work);
  • excellence of the dissertation project (regarding methodology, degree of innovation, the state of research and the time schedule), and
  • affinity to the IGDK, especially concerning interdisciplinarity.

The IGS does not accept unsolicited applications.

OPEN CALL: 5 doctoral positions for Ph.D. projects (f/m/d)

Application deadline: 15 April 2022
Pay Category: E 13 TV-L
Scope of employment: Part-time, 65%
Start: 01 October 2022
Duration: 3 years
Application address:

Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg, Postfach 90 02 21 99105 Erfurt
E-Mail: mwk.bewerbungen@uni-erfurt.de

 

In the fields of Classics, Music Didactics, North American and Modern History, Early Christianity, Religious Studies and Sociology 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) and the Austrian Research Foundation (FWF).

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.

Requirements

  • excellent degree in one of the above named or related 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 https://www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg/forschung/forschungsgruppen-und-stellen/forschungsgruppen/igs-resonant-self-world-relations (cf. “Suggested Projects”). Further proposals developed by applicants for research projects that fit the framework of “Resonant Self–World Relations” in the above named disciplines are welcome.

Comments/Remarks

The positions are tied to third-party funding and limited to a period of 3 years.

The Call for Application is aimed at applicants who fulfil the requirements of Academic Fixed-Term Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). General conditions of employment of the Thuringian Higher Education Act (Thüringer Hochschulgesetz) § 91 pass. 5 apply.

If you have a foreign university degree, you must apply to the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, ZAB) for a Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications and enclose the relevant certificate within your application documents. Please note that this is a service provided by the ZAB for which a fee is charged. You can find further information at www.kmk.org/zab/zeugnisbewertung.

The University of Erfurt is committed to diversity and gender equality. It has been audited as a "family-friendly university" and has received an excellent equality rating within the female professors program. One of the university's strategic goals is to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified female scientists are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled persons and those with equal status are given preference in the case of equal suitability, professional performance, and ability.

The University of Erfurt promotes the compatibility of career and family and offers flexible working hours and further training opportunities as well as a range of health and prevention offers as part of the company health management.

Inquiries may be made to Dr. Elisabeth Begemann (elisabeth.begemann@uni-erfurt.de).

Application and 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 one pdf-file (maximum of 10 MB) by 15 April 2022 to:

University of Erfurt • Max-Weber-Kolleg • mwk.bewerbungen@uni-erfurt.de

Prospective candidates will be invited to personal interviews conducted on 21 June 2022 in person or via video conferencing.

Data protection

The University of Erfurt uses an e-mail system with transport encryption capabilities. Please send your e-mails with transport encryption, too. If you wish to encrypt the content of your e-mail further, please use the following e-mail address instead of the one provided above: bewerbung@uni-erfurt.de. The certificate containing the public key you need to send an encrypted e-mail to that address is available at https://www.uni-erfurt.de/universitaet/arbeiten-an-der-universitaet/stellenausschreibungen. If you choose not to encrypt your e-mail using the certificate, we cannot guarantee that the content of your e-mail will be encrypted at all.

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.

The further information on data protection in accordance with Art. 13 EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) can be found in the information sheet ("Privacy Notices for Applicants") on our website under https://www.uni-erfurt.de/universitaet/arbeiten-an-der-universitaet/stellenausschreibungen.

Reimbursement of Expenses

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

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Closed Calls

2021

Open Call - 2 scholarships for Ph.D. projects

... according to the scholarship statute of the University of Erfurt

... 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) and the Austrian Research Foundation (FWF).

  • beginning 1 October 2021 for a period of 3 years with possible extension for a further 12 months.
  • Application Deadline: 15 April 2021 to mwk.bewerbungen@uni-erfurt.de

Please, find the call here.

2020

2 doctoral positions

Ph.D. projects
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

The positions are to be filled by 1 October 2020 for a period of 3 years.
Pay category E 13 TV-L (65 %)

Application deadline: 30 April 2020

Detailed Call

2019

4 Doctoral Positions
Deadline: 15 April 2019

2018

4 Doctoral Positions
Deadline: 15 April 2018