Deadline: 30 April 2021

The Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies invites applications for 5 Research Associates (PhD Positions) (65%, TVL E-13) running three years, from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2024. There will be an option of extending the contract for an additional year after a positive interim evaluation (3+1 years).

The successful candidates will be employed at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS). The BCDSS was awarded the status of “Cluster of Excellence: Beyond Slavery and Freedom. Asymmetric Dependencies in pre-modern Societies” by the German Research Council. The BCDSS offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary and comparative study of different forms of dependencies from antiquity to the present, across many regions. The Center’s research into different forms of dependencies are approached from five different thematic and methodological perspectives (Research Areas, RA):

Among other academic positions, we are therefore recruiting graduate students who are interested in contributing to an outstanding interdisciplinary and international research center. The successful candidates will be among a total of around 40 PhD students working with more than 40 advanced and senior researchers contributing to the BCDSS’ research.

The successful candidates will formulate independent projects within one of the BCDSS’ Research Areas. The proposed projects may address any issue relevant to the study of “Slavery and Dependency”, from any discipline respective to the chosen Research Area. Topics can therefore be of a wide variety – from micro studies to wide scale approaches, in any historical period or geographical region. The successful candidates will participate in the Center’s doctoral programme that offers academic seminars and a non- academic training, giving a competitive edge when seeking future positions.

Further information on expectations, salary and application process can be found in the full Call here (PDF-File).