Postdoc: Technische Universität Berlin, Institute for Art History and Historical Urban Studies

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Technische Universität Berlin, Faculty I, Institute for Art History and Historical Urban Studies / Chair for Modern Art History,  is offering 2 Positions as Research Assistant (Postdoc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen
Part-time employment may be possible

Reference number: I-79/17 (starting at 01/09/17 / until 31/08/2020 / closing date for applications 21/04/17)

The research cluster “Translocations” at the Institute for Art History and Historical Urban Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin is seeking to hire two postdoctoral researchers for its team. The project is funded through the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize of the DFG, awarded to Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy in 2016. The research cluster will study large-scale displacements of cultural assets from antiquity to the 20th century such as: art theft and spoliation organized by the state in times of war and occupation, seizure of cultural goods during colonialism, displacements as a result of a partition of excavation discoveries or research expeditions, material diaspora of entire civilizations expedited by the art trade, and confiscations justified through ideology, nationalization, or en masse disposal of private property. The key objective of “Translocations” is to compile a comprehensive selection of historical findings in order to deliver orientation and direction for dealing with the challenges posed by this topic now and in the future. For further information on the research cluster see

Working field: The candidate will have the opportunity to pursue his or her own research interests within the context of an interdisciplinary team and the overall research goals of the project cluster. This includes the development and execution of both independent and team-based studies. The candidate will independently produce work for academic publication and work within the team on the four foundational projects of the research cluster (a digital atlas, a virtual library, a glossary, and an image repertory). The candidate will also be involved in the organization of academic events and the management of the project cluster. For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy (via Eyke Vonderau:

Requirements: Candidates must have completed a university degree (Diplom, Master, or equivalent) as well as a completed doctoral degree (or expectedly completed until 01/09/17), in a discipline related to the project (art history, history, archeology, area studies, literature, cultural studies, or ethnology; depending on research focus, candidates from the legal sciences, sociology, or other related fields will also be considered); Research interest and academic experience related to the topic of the project cluster; Historical knowledge of at least one of the relevant regions and periods; Very good English and German language skills. Proficiency in at least one other language relevant to the project is a plus (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Russian, Turkish). Candidates should preferably have experience and be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary team, and possess excellent collaboration and communication skills.

The application materials (including an outline of 250-300 words for a case study in the project, a cover letter, the CV, and copies of certificates) should be sent in a single PDF file to Please mark all application materials with the reference number above. Applications by email are strongly preferred; however, applications may also be sent per mail to Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident -, Fakultät I, Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik, FG Kunstgeschichte, Frau Prof. Dr. Savoy, Sekr. A 56, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored.

Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

The vacancy is also available on the internet at

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