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Postdoc vacancy, Climate History; Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe

                The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO)

conducts comparative research on historical and cultural developments of the
area between the Baltic, the Black, and the Adriatic Seas from Antiquity to
the present. The broad geographical scope of the institute's research area
requires scholars to adopt comparative, interdisciplinary, transnational
methods while maintaining a comprehensive perspective over this entire
historical period from Antiquity through the Middle Ages and into the
contemporary era. The GWZO is a member of the Leibniz Association and an
affiliate institution of Leipzig University and employs scholars from around
the world.

Within the GWZO's Man and Environment division, the research project on The
Dantean Anomaly 1309-21 (, funded by a VW
Freigeist Fellowship, focuses on the sociocultural impacts of rapid climate
change on human society and reconstructing climate patterns using both the
written record and natural proxy data. For this research, we are looking to
fill the position of a

postdoctoral researcher

at the 13 TV-L (100%) salary level. The position will last from 1 February
2020 until 31 October 2021 (in accordance with stipulations of the

Your Tasks

- independent research on climate history of the Middle East in the 13th and
14th centuries based on edited and, if necessary, archival sources;
-conception of a research project-generally speaking for the advancement of an
academic career (Habilitation, second book)-and presentation of the ongoing
project and final results both within the institute and beyond;
- close interdisciplinary cooperation with the members of the junior research
group and a willingness to collaborate with scholars in the earth sciences.

Your Profile

- very good master's degree (or equivalent) and doctoral degree in the
humanities or cultural studies, preferably Middle Eastern studies, especially
Arabic studies, history, or archeology;
- a good command of English and Arabic, both spoken and written; knowledge of
German is preferable;
- a familiarity with the methods of the Digital Humanities is advantageous,
especially GIS and/or text corpora analysis, as well as at least cursory
knowledge of environmental history.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the professor
of Islamic studies (Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Martin Luther
University Halle-Wittenberg) and to participate in events at the GWZO.

The GWZO actively pursues the goal of vocational equality for women and men;
women are expressly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled persons are
likewise encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal

Applications should include the usual documents (CV/transcripts/etc.) along
with a project description of app. 1000 words; they should be submitted per
email by 8 December 2019 to the director of the GWZO (Prof. Dr. Christian

Applying by email is associated with a risk of data theft. The applicant
assumes full responsibility for these associated risks.


Christian Lbke

Leibniz-Institut fr Geschichte und Kultur des stlichen Europa (GWZO)
Reichsstrae 4-6, 04109 Leipzig

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