12. Januar 2021 | Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien

03/2021 Research assistant (m/f/d) (SFB, project A1b) at the Max Weber Centre

At the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) Transregio 294 “The Structural Transformation of Property”, which is hosted at the Universities of Jena and Erfurt, the following academic research position is advertised at the University of Erfurt, part of the project A1 “Divine property: Solutions from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages” (Project leaders: Proff. Dres. Jörg Rüpke and Markus Vinzent). The part-time position (26 hours per week) is available as soon as possible.

Research assistant (m/f/d)
Pay category E 13 TV-L (65 %)

Area of Responsibility

  • Participation in the research tasks as well as the preparation and realization of events of the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre "The Structural Change of Property" (https://www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg/forschung/forschungsgruppen-und-stellen/forschungsgruppen/sonderforschungsbereich-transregio-294-strukturwandel-des-eigentums)
  • Work on project A1b „Ancient and late antique ideas of Divine property“ within the Collaborative Research Centre. The successful applicant will investigate in particular the question to what extent thinking about divine property and God/Gods as owners changed the concepts and forms of human property. For this purpose, rhetorical texts of imperial and late antique (Christian) orators/preachers will be analyzed with regard to their concepts and forms of argumentation. They will be interpreted against the background of and with respect to their impact on contemporary sacral, social, and economic practices.
  • willingness to pursue an academic qualification (for example a doctorate) at the University of Erfurt


  • excellent degree (Master or equivalent) in one of the following disciplines: Religious Studies, Classics, Ancient History or Patristics/Early Church History
  • knowledge of Latin or (preferably: and) Greek
  • methodical reflectiveness of the thesis
  • willingness to engage with the methods and concepts of the Collaborative Research Centre “The Structural Transformation of Property”
  • documented interest in pursuing a doctorate in an interdisciplinary research environment


The German version of this vacancy notice alone shall be legally binding.

The position is available as soon as possible and will end on 31 December 2024. This call for applications is addressed to applicants who meet the requirements of Academic Fixed-Term Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). General conditions of employment of the § 91 (5) of the Thuringian Higher Education Act (Thüringer Hochschulgesetz) apply.

The University of Erfurt is committed to the goal of gender equality. The vacancy notice is addressed equally to male, female or diverse applicants. Women are underrepresented in the advertised area and are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants and those who are equivalent to them are given preferential consideration in the event of equal aptitude, academic performance and ability.

Application Deadline

Please submit your application with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, a copy of your MA or diploma thesis and an outline of the project you would like to pursue (5 pages) in electronic form (in 2 PDF files, master's thesis separately; emails with attachments in the doc-format will be deleted without an error message) stating the reference number by 26 January 2021 to:

University of Erfurt • Max-Weber-Kolleg • Postfach 90 02 21 • 99105 Erfurt
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Entgelt / Besoldung
13 TV-L
Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt, Postfach 90 02 21 99105 Erfurt
Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg, E-Mail: mwk.bewerbungen@uni-erfurt.de, Postfach 90 02 21 99105 Erfurt