Vacant Position: Research Associate for the Project “Archiving Artefacts”

Hamburg, Germany
Deadline: Extended

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts: Material, Interaction and Transmission in Manuscript Cultures” invites applications for a


The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on April 1, 2021.
This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years. The position calls for 75 % of standard work hours per week**.


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications and project results may be used in the context of doctorate.

Specific Duties:

Research in the frame of the Cluster’s research field ‘Archiving Artefacts’ with a focus on archives and/or archival history and practices in East Asia. The position includes the enrolment in the Graduate School and requires participation in research colloquia, lecture series and workshops, as well as active engagement in the Cluster’s research activities.


A university degree in a relevant field. Preferred is a degree in history or East Asian studies with a focus on archival history and/or the development of archives. Experience in working with archives and manuscripts or other written artefacts is an advantage.
Candidates must apply with a project proposal of max. five pages, including a half-page project summary, state of research, project description, methodology and schedule (excl. bibliography). Fluency in English and at least one East Asian language, both written and spoken, is required.
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Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Markus Friedrich
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Applications (in English) should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, the project proposal, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by January 31, 2021 to:

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

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