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

Application deadline: 14 April 2023
Pay Category: E 13 TV-L
Scope of employment: Part-time, 65%
Start: 01 October 2023
Duration: 3 years
Application address:

Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg, Postfach 90 02 21 99105 Erfurt


In the fields of Music Didactics, 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 positions are to be filled by 1 October 2023 for a period of 3 years.

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.

What we expect

  • 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 Max Weber Centre of the University of Erfurt

Core research fields and project suggestions in the framework of the IGS are outlined on the programme’s website (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.

What we offer

The University of Erfurt promotes the compatibility of career and family/private life. To this end, it offers flexible working hours and various opportunities for further training. In addition, there are a number of health and prevention offers as part of the company health management.


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

The advertisement is addressed to applicants who fulfill the requirements of the German Act on Temporary Scientific Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). The general requirements for employment according to § 91 section 5 Thuringian Higher Education Act (Thüringer Hochschulgesetz) apply.

If you have a foreign university degree, it is necessary that you apply for a certificate application at the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, ZAB). We recommend that you attach the corresponding certificate to your application documents, but you can also provide this certificate at a later stage of the process. Please note that this is a chargeable service provided by the ZAB. For more information, please visit

The University of Erfurt is committed to diversity and gender equality. It has been audited as a "family-friendly university" and has received the rating "equality excellent" in the female professor programme. The university aims at equal opportunities for excellent researchers, regardless of sex, gender, race, language, religious persuasion or the like. The vacancy notice is addressed equally to all genders. Severely disabled persons and those with equal status are given preference in the case of equal suitability, professional performance, and ability.

Please direct any queries to Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau (e-mail: or Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (e-mail:

Application and Deadline

Your application must include the following: CV; outline of the Ph.D. 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; copies of your final school and university degrees, one letter of recommendation; and a copy of your MA or diploma thesis. You should also indicate in your letter of motivation who among the members of the faculty (both in Erfurt and in Graz) you see as your prospective supervisors.

Please send your application with informative documents of completion by e-mail (as one pdf-file) until 14 April 2023 to:

University of Erfurt • Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg) • e-mail:

Please note that the system cannot process electronic applications that exceed 15 MB.

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: The certificate containing the public key you need to send an encrypted e-mail to that address is available at 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

Reimbursement of Expenses

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