Job advertisement
reference number 20/2024

At the Faculty of Philosophy, Chair for North American History of the University of Erfurt / Research Unit on “Voluntariness” (FOR 2983, funded by the German Research Foundation), the following position with 26 hours per week is available at the earliest possible date:

Research Assistant (f/m/d)
Pay category E 13 TV-L (65 %)

Area of Responsibility

  • Participation at the academic program of the interdisciplinary Research Unit on “Voluntariness” (funded by the German Research Foundation,
  • Work on the sub-project “Voluntariness, Self-care and Health in the U.S. around 1865” as part of the research portfolio of the Research Unit on “Voluntariness”
  • Participation at the preparation and realization of events and joint publications of the Research Unit on “Voluntariness” as well as its public relations activities
  • Further academic qualification within the framework of the project (PhD)

What we expect

  • Excellent academic university degree in history or related fields (M.A.-level)
  • Advanced knowledge in North American History is wanted
  • Advanced knowledge in Governmentality Studies and/or history of the body are wanted
  • Ability to conduct and lead discussions, to present scientific results
  • Experience in using common office applications and literature management programs (Endnote, Citavi)
  • International experience, preferably attested by an extended stay abroad (study abroad/internship)
  • Advanced knowledge of the English language

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 Research Unit on “Voluntariness” offers a coordinated work program as well as collaboration and exchange between researchers of different qualification levels and areas of expertise. Additionally, the University of Erfurt offers the opportunity to participate in structured career advancement programs.


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

The position is limited to a period of 36 months according to the duration of the project.

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 contrib-ute to this. The University of Erfurt has successfully passed the "shaping diversity" au-dit, 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 gov-ernments. 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 the academic coordinator of the Research Unit on „Voluntariness“, Ms. Stefanie Büttner (e-mail:

Application and Deadline

Please send your application with informative documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates as well as master thesis) exclusively online by May 4th, 2024 via the application management system of the University of Erfurt.

In a second stage of the application process applicants may be asked to engage with the project outline on short notice.

Reimbursement of Expenses

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

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