Job advertisement
reference number 52/2024

As part of the "PostDoc Funding 2024+" funding format, the University of Erfurt is looking to fill up to five positions of 40 hours per week by January 1, 2025:

Research Assistant (f/m/d)
Pay category E 13 TV-L (100 %)

Area of Responsibility

  • Collaboration with a Graduate Centre at the University of Erfurt / the Max-Weber-Kolleg (MWK) for the purpose of preparing a third-party funding application
  • Joint preparation and realisation of a third-party funding application for a joint project with at least two supervising full members of a Graduate Centre based at the University of Erfurt or the MWK (for their own further qualification)
  • Coordination tasks for the assigned Graduate Centre

What we expect

  • Completed academic university degree and doctorate in a social science or humanities subject (the dissertation must have been submitted and reviewed by the time the application is submitted; the doctorate must have been completed by the time the contract is signed at the latest)
  • Academic excellence with evidence of the researcher's personal qualifications in the postdoctoral phase based on (participation in) the production of publications and acquisition of third-party funding
  • Existing project idea and development of the project idea for a third-party funding application (it is expected that the planned and possibly acquired joint project will be located at the University of Erfurt)

What we offer

The University of Erfurt promotes the compatibility of career and family/private life. To this end, it offers flexible working hours and various opportunities for further training. In addition, there are a number of health and prevention offers as part of the company health management.


The German version of this job advertisement alone shall be legally binding. 

The position is initially limited to up to three years, depending on the legal and personal requirements.

The advertisement is addressed to applicants who fulfill the requirements of the German Act on Temporary Scientific Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). The general requirements for employment according to § 91 section 5 Thuringian Higher Education Act (Thüringer Hochschulgesetz) apply. 

If you have a foreign university degree, it is necessary that you apply for a certificate application at the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, ZAB). We recommend that you attach the corresponding certificate to your application documents, but you can also provide this certificate at a later stage of the process. Please note that this is a chargeable service provided by the ZAB. For more information, please visit

The University of Erfurt sees itself as an open-minded employer that values diversity. It is committed to diversity and gender equality and welcomes applications that contribute to this. The University of Erfurt has successfully passed the "shaping diversity" audit, has been audited as a "family-friendly university" and has received the rating "equality excellent" in the female professor programme III of the federal and state governments.One of the university's strategic goals is increasing the proportion of women in re-search and teaching. Severely disabled persons and those with equal status are given preference in the case of equal suitability, professional performance, and ability. 

Part-time employment is possible in principle. The extent to which a part-time request can be met, particularly with regard to the location and scope of the part-time work, must be examined on a case-by-case basis. 

For questions regarding content, please contact: Dr. Daniel Albrecht,
e-Mail:; Phone: +49 (0)361 737-5047 

In August and September 2024, the Research and Graduate Services will offer an online consultation hour every Thursday at 1 pm, where questions can be discussed directly. You will find the link on the website from the end of July:

Application and Deadline

As the main applicant, the researcher in the postdoctoral phase should send the application with the following informative documents exclusively online via the application management system of the University of Erfurt by September 30, 2024.

As documents relevant for the application, the application for funding at the University of Erfurt and attachments must be uploaded in one PDF file in the application management system.

The application is submitted by the researcher in the postdoctoral phase, with the participation of at least two supervising full members of one or more Graduate Centres of the University of Erfurt/the Max-Weber-Kolleg.

Please use the application form for this; the application contains

  1. a one- to max. two-page outline of the project for which third-party funding is to be jointly acquired; this should indicate the individual share or content-related contribution of the at least three applicants;
  2. information on the institution to which third-party funding is to be applied for (if applicable, a specific call for proposals);
  3. information on the possible start date of the position;
  4. appendix 1 with details of the applicants (one version per applicant):
  • max. five publications relevant to the project,
  • list of max. five applications for third-party funding from the last six years,
  1.  if applicable, connections to other ongoing projects

Further documents: CV of the researcher in the postdoc phase and letter of support from the Graduate Centre / Max-Weber-Kolleg

Reimbursement of Expenses

The University of Erfurt does not refund any costs incurred in the application process.

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