Stadt: Kiel

Frist: 2014-08-31

Beginn: 2014-11-01

Ende: 2017-07-31

Gehalt: 1,450 € per month


The Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at Kiel University, Germany ( offers a unique research environment positioned at the interface of the Humanities, Natural, and Social Sciences.
Research at the Graduate School addresses interactions between physical and social landscapes and examines how landscapes serve as a dynamic arena that catalyzes human activity in space and time. In particular, the Graduate School focuses on the role of environment, social relationships, material culture, subsistence, population dynamics, and human perceptions in promoting change in ancient societies and landscapes. The Graduate School addresses this interaction at multiple timescales and seeks scholars who are developing novel ways to approach some of the most pressing questions and challenges encountered in our time and the ancient world. Some of these challenges include, but certainly are not limited to, the emergence of social differentiation, mobility in societies, the spread of disease, the impact of new technologies on societies, and ideologies/human perceptions of and responses to environmental, climate, and social change. The Graduate School actively encourages applicants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and welcomes the development of extensive theoretical frameworks to support the empirical/applied work.
The Graduate School has been granted funding until 2017 by the German Excellence Initiative.
Consequently, we invite applications for:
11 doctoral positions and 4 scholarships
We are seeking highly qualified and highly motivated doctoral fellows to conduct high-quality interdisciplinary research. Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in a field relevant to the multidisciplinary theme of “Human Development in Landscapes”.
Positions and scholarships commence on November 1, 2014. The initial contracts are for two years with the potential to be extended to a third year. The salary will be at the level of TV-L 13 (50 %); the scholarships are 1,450 € per month. All position and scholarship holders can apply for research funds from the Graduate School. The positions are affiliated with the Johanna Mestorf Academy at Kiel University (
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Applications in English, including an outline of the proposed PhD research project (maximum 8 pages), curriculum vitae, copies of credentials, proof of English proficiency, and two letters of reference must be submitted until August 31, 2014 (date of post stamp) to the coordinator of the Graduate School, Professor Johannes Müller, as hardcopy and as a single PDF (for address see below). Indicate if you are applying for a doctoral position, a scholarship or both.
Kiel University is an equal opportunity employer and aims to increase the number of excellent women in research and teaching. Kiel University has been certified by the Hertie Foundation as a family-friendly institution and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life. The University supports the employment of disabled persons. Persons with disabilities will, with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes, be employed preferentially. Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcomed. Please refrain from submitting application photos.
Applications should be sent as hardcopy and PDF to:
Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller
Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
D-24098 Kiel
Inquiries regarding this call for applications should be addressed to:
PD Dr. Mara Weinelt
Scientific Coordinator
Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”