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Professor Irene Schneider, the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies of the Georg-August University of Göttingen, invites applications for a two-years

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant position

The payment is based on the German salary scheme TV-L 13., with regular weekly working time of 39,8 h per week

The successful candidate, beside some teaching, shall especially help building up and work in the project Understanding Shari’a: Past Perfect. Present Imperfect“ (USPPIP) which is a two-year project financed by Humanities European Research Area (HERA) (, integrated in the HERA-Program: Uses of the Past. It is a joint project involving four European universities: University of Exeter (U.K.),University of Leiden (Netherlands), University of Bergen (Norway) and University of Göttingen (Germany). He/she shall investigate how concepts of the past affect the ongoing legal discourse and practice in Muslim societies today. Each of the four universities has its own focus: violence (Exeter), custom and practice (Leiden), role of the state (Bergen) and gender (Göttingen). Close collaboration with the project researchers in the other universities is a prerequisite.

The candidate is required to hold an excellent Ph.D. in Islamic Studies with a special focus on Islamic law and have profound knowledge in the area of gender studies. Other qualifications comprise high proficiency in Arabic, and if possible, good reading ability in another Islamic language as well as experience in publication procedures and teaching.

The position offers post-doctoral students the possibility of further qualification by habilitation. There is the option of job-sharing.

The University of Göttingen is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from thus qualified individuals.

Furthermore the University of Göttingen seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

As the university regards itself as a family-friendly institution and supports the compatibility of science/ profession and family.

Please send your  applications including the usual documents  to Prof. Dr. Irene Schneider,  Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Seminar für Arabistik/Islamwissenschaft, Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14, 37073 Göttingen; before June 30, 2016.

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