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The Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig is seeking to appoint a
from 1 October 2014 for the contract duration of five years. Extension of contract is possible. The position of director is linked with a tenured
W3-Professorship for Jewish History and Culture
at the University of Leipzig
(Successor to Professor Dan Diner)
This vacancy will be filled in the framework of a joint procedure of appointment with
the University in accordance with para. 62 of the Law on Universities in the Free State
of Saxony (SächsHSFG).
In accordance with para. 1 of its bylaws, the main task of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture is to conduct research on the Jewish life worlds in Central and East-Central Europe in their mutual relations with the surrounding non-Jewish environments from the medieval period to the present day. The conception of the Jews as a diasporic population with a high degree of vertical and horizontal mobility provides such inquiry with a transnational perspective, seeking to transverse traditional historical spaces and to understand the Jewish experience as a seismograph for wider historical developments. At present the institute's focus of research centers on the period from the late 18th century up to World War II. In this context, increasing investigation of postwar history, incorporating approaches in the history of memory, were undertaken recently. Candidates should be scholars working within a broad interdisciplinary approach in the cultural sciences while having specialized themselves in one of the historical disciplines in Jewish Studies. Knowledge of Hebrew is required, knowledge of further Jewish languages is useful, and knowledge of an East-Central or East-European language is desirable. The successful candidate, by dint of recognition as an established scholar, should be able to convincingly represent the Simon Dubnow Institute internationally, and will also have demonstrated experience in international scientific cooperation. Experience in cooperative ventures in research with Israeli universities and research institutions is highly desirable. Rights and obligations of the jobholder are within the SächsHSFG and the Saxony public service task regulation. Candidates must fulfill the prerequisites for appointment as Professor in accordance with para. 58 SächsHSFG.
The University of Leipzig is committed to an equal treatment for men and women in employment. Handicapped persons are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in case of equal suitability.
Applications (in either English or in German) containing a curriculum vitae in tabular form, a description of the candidate's professional and scholarly development (including any special documentation of achievement), a list of scholarly publications and overview of academic teaching activities, as well as a certified copy of the highest academic degree earned, should be sent by post or email (deadline 01.03.2013) to:
University of Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Frank Zöllner
Dean of the Faculty of History, Art and Oriental Studies
Schillerstr. 6, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
The completed applications will be made available to members of the Board of Trustees of the Simon Dubnow Institute.