Research Associate (Postdoc)

Application deadline: 20 May 2022

The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and culture – Simon Dubnow is seeking to fill the following position as soon as possible:

Research Associate (Postdoc)

The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow (DI) is an internationally oriented research institution dedicated to scholarly research on Jewish life worlds, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, from early modernity through to the present. It covers this topic in university courses and presents its research findings in various forms to an academic and generally interested public.

The advertised position will be attached to the interdisciplinary cooperative project »The Material and Intellectual Heritage of the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies« which is being conducted by the DI in collaboration with the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem. The project forms part of the DFG-funded priority program »Jewish Cultural Heritage« and is dedicated to approaches to material culture research in the context of the history of the intellectual and cultural heritage of the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums founded in Berlin in 1872. The position at the Dubnow Institute will serve to conduct research from a comparative perspective on initiatives by intellectuals and Jewish organizations in Israel, the USA, and the United Kingdom to preserve the heritage of the Hochschule after its violent closure by the National Socialists.

The position, contingent on relevant qualifications, will be remunerated according to pay grade 13 TV-L. Depending on the availability of third-party funding, the position will be limited to a period of three years. Full-time (40 hours per week) is preferred, part-time is also possible. The place of work will be Leipzig.

We invite applications by scholars with doctoral degrees in the areas of particular interest to the DI, namely modern and contemporary history, Eastern European history, Jewish studies, and cultural studies. A scholarly profile with demonstrable knowledge in the field of material culture research, object history, or provenance research is desirable. Due to the international composition of the project group, a solid command of English is a necessary prerequisite in order to facilitate cooperation amongst the project members.

We offer:

  • Varied activities in an international environment
  • Good opportunities to combine professional and family life
  • A job location in central Leipzig
  • A TV-L-grade salary as well as the social benefits related to a public service job
  • A supplementary company pension (VBL) and an annual special bonus commensurate with the specifications of the pay grade
  • Flexible time management befitting the demands of t sphere of activity (flextime)

Qualified women are expressly encouraged to apply. Applications from people with severe disabilities will be given preference, contingent on equal suitability and competence. The personal data you share in the application procedure will be processed by the DI. The DI will use this data for the purposes of the application procedure. Data is not shared with third parties. The DI will not cover the costs of the interview.

Please send your application, including a letter of motivation, a CV, a short project summary befitting the thematic framework of the cooperative project (1-2 pages), a sample of work relevant to the research topic (ca. 15-20 pages), qualifications, as well as copies of any relevant certificates and evaluations, by 20 May 2022

by mail to:

Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow
Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss
Goldschmidtstraße 28
04103 Leipzig

or electronically to: bewerbung(at)

Applications should consist of a single PDF file. Applications via email are not encrypted and may therefore entail data protection concerns. The applicant takes full responsibility for this.

Please address any topical questions to Dr. Elisabeth Gallas (gallas(at); regarding any personnel questions, please contact: Mandy Fitzpatrick, Phone +49 341- 21735-54, fitzpatrick(at)

For cost reasons, we cannot return application materials. These will be destroyed after 2 months or after completion of the application procedure. Should you wish to have your materials returned, please enclose a sufficiently large, stamped return envelope.