Tandem Postdoc Position “Digital History”

The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association and the Department of History and Cultural Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen are looking to jointly fi ll the following position as of January 1, 2022:

Tandem Postdoc Position "Digital History"(male, female, gender diverse, full time−E 13 TV-H, max. 6 years according to WissZeitVG)

The goal of the Tandem Postdoc position is to conduct an innovative research project related to the history of East Central Europe. The position therefore also supports the cooperation of both institutions in the fi eld of digital history in the areas of research, teaching, promotion of young researchers and third-party fundingThe Herder Institute conducts and supports historical, art historical and cultural research on East Central Europe. As an institute of the Leibniz Association and an institution of scientifi c infrastructure, it provides media, materials and historical documents for historical research on East Central Europe on a large scale. Since 2015, the Institute has been signifi cantly expanding its work in the Digital Humanities. The Historical Institute at Justus Liebig University has a broad and diverse research and teaching scope with a focus on Eastern European history. At the Institute of History, plans are being implemented to use digital history tools more intensively in individual projects and to expand the range of courses off ered in this area. At the Herder Institute, the successful applicant will be an active member of the interdisciplinary working group "Digital and Source Critical Documentation of Cultural Heritage in Eastern Europe" and will support the development of a planned joint lab "Exploring Eastern Europe in a Digital World". Active participation in the Herder Institute Research Academy (HIRA) and cooperation with the Giessen Center for Eastern Europe (GiZo) and the Inter-national Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) is also expected.

Areas of activity:

  • The holder of this position will further their scientific training, working on an independent research project in the fi eld of digital history of East Central Europe with the aim of acquiring a further scientifi c qualifi cation (habilitation).
  • Teaching: independent teaching in the fi eld of digital history at Justus Liebig University for the Institute of History and the Giessen Center for Eastern Europe (interdisciplinary Master's program) for 2 semester hours per week per semester; organization of practical modules integrating collection holdings of the Herder In-stitute and
  • organization of teaching import of the Institute to Justus Liebig University.
  • Project management: contributing to the development of projects and the acquisition of external funding.

It is expected that:
Applicants have sound knowledge of current methods and technologies in digital history studies, knowledge of research data management and/or software development, a good command of written and spoken English, and at least a basic knowledge of German (including a willingness to actively develop and expand this from the start of the position). Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding and in project management is an advantage, as is knowledge of an East-Central European language.

A completed university degree and doctorate in the fi elds of history, Eastern European history, digital history, or computer science (with a clear connection to the humanities). Applicants must also have very good concep-tual skills and a strong ability to work in a team, as well as a willingness to quickly familiarize themselves with new approaches and application areas.

We offer :
A creative environment and the opportunity to work and undertake research in an innovative way. The success-ful applicant will also be able to contribute their own ideas and to implement them while building their own projects. The position also allows in-depth insights into the cooperation between universities and non-univer-sity institutes, the development of scientifi c infrastructures (library, collections, archive) and an opportunity to work in both an interdisciplinary and transnational context. The employment relationship is with the Herder Institute, but half of the duties will be performed at Justus Liebig University, where a workstation is also avail-able.Send your application (including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant references, and a 2–3 page project outline detailing your experience and ideas relevant to the tandem position) by October 1, 2021 via email in a PDF fi le to bewerbung@herder-institut.de. Please include the reference number HI2020-TandemPostdoc. An ongoing, key aim at the Herder Institute and Justus Liebig University is to establish the best possible work-life balance for their staff . Both institutions have set themselves the goal of increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore extend a special invitation to qualifi ed female applicants. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifi cations will be also given preference. The position can also be fi lled on a part-time basis. In order to prevent discrimination, please refrain from submitting application photos.