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In the economic history working group at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, a position as

Visiting Research Fellow ‘archaeology and economic history’ (PhD candidate, or part-time Postdoc)
(TV-L E13, 65%) at Tuebingen University

is to be filled on Sept 1st, 2020. The length of employment is planned to be 10 months. An extension of the research stay in Tuebingen might be possible (to be negotiated). Deadline for applications: June 10th, 2020.

We are looking for a junior researcher (called “research assistant” in German universities) with a background in economics, (empirical economics, economic history, or econometrics), bioarchaeology or — under certain conditions — similar fields.

We expect
– previous activities/courses in economic history or strong interest to move into this field
– either strong skills in econometrics/statistics or in bioarchaeology (in addition, work experience with databases is welcome), plus a strong interest and ability to acquire some in the other field.
– experience with writing of texts in economics, archaeology or history (a remarkably good master thesis, for example, or a seminar thesis)
– good or very good undergraduate and graduate degree (preferably economics, economic history or archaeology)
– communicative skills (welcome is intercultural experience, and writing skills in English )
– strong interest in research (as indicated by a research-focused thesis, for example)

The focus is on research — it is fascinating to combine economic history with archaeological methods. Especially skeletal remains, but other also other archaeological sources, provide important insights. This project focuses on a case study in Viking history (it can be combined with long-term studies on the European population over the last 1500 years). Interesting topics — that might be studied — are: (1) violence in Viking and European society (or: long-term trends of violence) – our preliminary results indicate that (in spite of their reputation when they attacked other regions), internal violence among the Vikings was actually modest. (2) trade, exchange and migration in the Viking Society. The Viking (or Norsemen) society was quite mobile, including Eastern European (partly forced) immigration. (3) Gender equality in early Scandinavia? In an earlier study we found a relative strong position of women in Viking and Nordic societies. More research will allow to understand the underlying reasons better.
Given the time frame, selecting one of these fields would result in interesting publications.

You will join a motivated and international research team that allows a lot of discussion about your research (for further information, please see the internet page of our group — just google Joerg Baten). You will notice how pleasant it is to perform world-class research in a group of doctoral students and postdocs, with tutoring and advice from senior scholars if needed.
The position is limited to 10 months because the German Science Foundation funding will end on June 30th, 2021. Predocs could visit our research group and write one or two joint research papers. Or they use this 10-month period as the beginning of a three-year doctoral study period (financing after the 10 months needs to be negotiated). For pre-docs who plan to finish their dissertation here, Tuebingen offers so-called “cumulative” doctoral work in economics, so the thesis will consist of several studies that can be partly joint work, and can be presented at workshops. Post-docs might also prepare one or two joint publications.

For working at our department German language skills are not required. You will have funds for travelling to international conferences (if the pandemic allows). You might also assist in writing a research grant. If this grant is approved, your gross income will increase, or the stay in Tuebingen can be financed for a prolonged period (if all legal requirements are fulfilled). Your regular presence at the department at Tuebingen University is required, as research benefits strongly from geographic proximity and the possibility to exchange ideas directly. Although Tuebingen is a small city (near Stuttgart), it offers a broad range of cultural, sportive and of course scientific opportunities.

Information about the application process
Please indicate in your letter:
A. Did you attend a course in economic history or would you be open to become an economic historian?
B. Are you interested in archaeology?
C. Are you able to work independently including writing texts?
D. Would you like to present your research at international conferences (if the pandemic allows)?

Applications are to be submitted, preferably in electronic form, with the usual documents (CV; copies of relevant degrees from high school and university; short letter of motivation) as well as a 5 page excerpt of your master thesis or similar, by June 10th, 2020 – to

Questions can be directed to the Prof. Dr. Jörg Baten via Email, please do not phone. The exact salary depends on personal characteristics, you can ask for an estimate.

The University of Tuebingen seeks to increase the proportion of women in the field of teaching and research and therefore strongly encourages suitably qualified female scholars to apply.
Disabled applicants will be preferred if they have the same qualifications as non-disabled applicants.


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