Re­search As­so­ci­ate for the Pro­ject “EXC 2176 Un­der­stand­ing Writ­ten Arte­facts” § 28 Sub­sec­tion 3 Hmb­HG

Hamburg, Cluster of Excellence „Understanding Written Artefacts“

Deadline: 26.04.2023

Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L
Start date: as soon as possible, fixed until 31.05.2026 (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).
Scope of work: part-time
Weekly hours: 75 % of standard work hours per week

The Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” is looking to recruit doctoral research associates to pursue their dissertation project.

The Cluster offers the exciting opportunity to contribute to research on written artefacts in an international team of researchers from across forty disciplines in the humanities, the natural sciences and computer science. Within this highly inspiring and collaborative environment, you will pursue your own dissertation project as well as contribute to the Cluster’s research programme as a whole through your active engagement in its internal and wider research activities. The position includes the enrollment in the Cluster's graduate school and participation in research colloquia, lecture series and workshops.

The Cluster features a range of facilities and supportive measures from which its researchers can benefit (see or further information).


The core responsibility of the research associate is to pursue their dissertation project that fits the overall comparative research profile of the Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts”, and to contribute to the collaborative research activities of the Cluster. Research associates may also pursue further academic qualifications.


A university degree in a relevant field.

Candidates should have a strong interest in cooperating beyond disciplinary boundaries, especially across the humanities, natural science and computer sciences.

Fluent in English, written and spoken.

We welcome applications for projects with a clear focus on the study of written artefacts, particularly on one of the following topics:

  • handwritten artefacts in the digital age
  • written artefacts such as pottery, textiles, metal, bones
  • written artefacts and provenance studies

Candidates must apply with a project proposal (in English) of max. 5 pages (plus bibliography), including a brief summary, literature review, a detailed project description and a 3-year schedule. The proposed project must fit the overall research profile of the Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” and candidates are encouraged to identify a Research Field in which they situate their project. For further information, see

A preferred supervisor from the Cluster should be named in the applicant’s cover letter. PhD students with ongoing projects are also eligible to apply and supervisors external to Universität Hamburg can be members of the supervisory committee. The first supervisor has to be from the Cluster.

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

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.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

Instructions for applying

Contact: Dr. Eva Jungbluth

Reference number: 106


Warburgstraße 26-28
20354 Hamburg
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Application deadline: 26.04.2023

Send us your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate[s] further documents stipulated to the job advertisement and if necessary ID attesting to your disability or proof of equivalent status) via the online application form only.

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