Heidelberg University is offering 1 Postdoctoral Fellowship or 3 PhD Scholarships in the Art Histories of China, Japan, and Europe, respectively, within the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” funded by the German Federal Excellence Initiative. The position/s shall begin from 1 January 2013, but a later appointment may be considered.
The three-year position/s are situated within the research group MC4 ‘Frames and Framing in Transcultural Interactions’ and shall take a new look at the processes of material and textual “en-framings” (mountings, texts, pictorial additions and adaptations) of specific paintings and objects as they travel from one cultural environment to another. The successful applicants are expected to contribute to the research group’s objectives in close collaboration with colleagues in European and East Asian art history, Chinese intellectual history, and South Asian literary history. A brief outline of the project can be found here: http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/frames/.
Requirements include relevant disciplinary qualifications in East Asian or European Art Histories at the time of appointment. Applicants should show evidence of intellectual involvement beyond one cultural focus and demonstrate scholarly promise in the form of published research or other achievements. Fluency in English is essential. For applicants in East Asian art history at least one East Asian language is required. Research experience in Asia is desirable. German is not mandatory but German language classes are available upon request.
In addition to relevant research, the Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake duties connected with the coordination of the research group and organisation of some of its events, including workshops and an international conference. The position is remunerated according to the German public services payscale level TV-L 13.
The successful PhD candidates’ primary objective is to complete a PhD degree, but active participation in relevant graduate courses offered at the cluster of excellence or the various Institutes at Heidelberg University are recommended, while some light administrative duties may occur. The stipends are rated at €1200/month (except for a small enrollment fee, no tuition fees apply).
A shared research assistant and some travel and publication funds are available. Applications for further subsidies will be encouraged.
To apply, send curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, outline of a relevant research project (2-3 pages), two letters of reference, and a writing sample via email to
Dominik Wallner at Kokoro_no_kyougi@hotmail.com
Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2012 and continue until the position/s are filled.
Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. In case of equality of qualification and suitability of applicants, the applications made by female researchers will be given preferential consideration. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons.