10 Doctoral-Positions at the Graduate School for Ancient Studies

Deadline: 6th Jan 2014
Munich, Germany

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is one of the leading European universities with a tradition reaching back more than 500 years. The university has established the Graduate School “Distant Worlds: Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies” which is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The Graduate School is an interdisciplinary research network that brings together LMU Munich and research institutions in Munich to provide an optimal environment for disciplinary research and the promotion of junior academics in the field of ancient studies. As part of its doctoral study and postdoctoral training programme, the Graduate School will combine research from a broad spectrum of disciplines within the field of ancient studies.  

The Graduate School invites applications for the following positions:
10 Doctoral-Positions


Salary grade 13 TV-L / 65%

The starting date will be April 1, 2014.

The positions are limited to two years; they may be extended by a third year.

Each of the positions will be integrated into a junior research group The junior research groups are oriented towards one of the seven focus areas below:

  1. Constructions of norms
  2. Constructions of elites
  3. Constructions of the “beautiful”
  4. Organisation of coexistence
  5. Organisation of exchange
  6. Organisation of dealing with dissent
  7. Organisation of memory and forgetting



    Successful candidates will conduct a dissertation project within their individual discipline. The projects will be chosen by the candidates themselves and should contribute to one of the seven focus areas. The projects will be supervised by advisors appointed from amongst the Principal Investigators of the Graduate School.
    They will collaborate with other doctoral students in an interdisciplinary junior research group coordinated by a postdoctoral researcher.
    They will participate in the research training programme of the School. Together with their mentors they will select relevant courses from this programme in order to develop their academic profile.



In order to apply, candidates will need to have completed a first degree (with thesis) in the field of ancient studies with outstanding results. Applicants will need to submit a proposal for a dissertation project. They should demonstrate their openness towards working in an interdisciplinary context as well as an interest in basic and theoretical questions.

The School offers the scope for individual academic development and an inspiring research environment.

Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equal qualifications will be given preference. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit the following required application documents electronically:

    (A) as one pdf-file (max. 5 MB):
    (1) Application letter (letter of motivation)
    (2) Curriculum vitae
    (3) Degree certificates incl. transcripts/ diploma supplements (certificates in languages other than English, German, French, Spanish, or Italian require a notarized translation into German or English)
    (4) Research proposal (max. 7.500 characters incl. spaces) plus bibliography
    (5) Sample of your written work, e.g. from your Master’s thesis (app. length: 10–12 pages; in the original language. Translation into German or English is required only for texts in languages other than French, Spanish, or Italian. Texts written in French, Spanish, or Italian require an abstract of ca. 15 lines).
    (6) if relevant, list of publications
    (B) as doc- or docx-file:
    completed application form
    (download: www.mzaw.uni-muenchen.de/dw/grants/doc/doc_application.dot).
    (C) 2 Letters of reference:
    To be emailed directly by the referees to mzaw@lmu.de citing the reference number DW-Doc/14-1_your_name

For further questions regarding the doctoral positions please send an email to Dr. Isabella Wiegand at wiegand@klassphil.uni-muenchen.de.

You can find further information on the Graduate School “Distant Worlds“on the following website: www.mzaw.uni-muenchen.de/dw

Please submit your complete application in German or English citing the reference number DW-Doc/14-1_your_name at the latest by January 6, 2014 exclusively via email to: mzaw@lmu.de

We are looking forward to your application!


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