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Research Positions at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient from 1 January 2020
(6 postdoctoral and 1 PhD)
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) is a publicly-funded research centre for interdisciplinary research on the history, societies and cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their interconnections among one another and with Europe. The centre currently employs about 30 research fellows, the majority of them historians, scholars of Islam, and anthropologists, from a variety of countries.
Within its new research programme “Thinking through Translocal Entanglements: Perspectives from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East” (2020-2024), ZMO announces the opening of six research positions for PhD holders who will be expected to reside in Berlin. They should situate their work within the up-coming research programme of ZMO ( and be prepared to pursue individual projects in addition to contributing actively to the overall programme of the Centre. Typical projects are to last between three and a maximum of five years.
In addition to the disciplines already represented at ZMO, we encourage specialists from Political Science, Sociology, Cultural Geography, and Economic History/Economic Anthropology to apply.
We are also seeking to employ one PhD candidate on a part-time basis (65%). The position will be tenable for four years subject to satisfactory progress in the first year. Candidates should indicate their envisaged advisor at a German university (preferably Berlin and surroundings). Candidates who are neither native German nor English speakers will need to provide proof of proficiency in English (usually TOEFL 100 or IELTS 7,0, or an equivalent test).
Applications including a CV, copies of relevant degrees and a project outline (max. 5 pages) in which the connection to the research programme and one particular research unit as well as possible engagement with knowledge transfer is specified should be sent by 2 June to Dr. Silke Nagel, Remuneration will be according to Tarif des öffentlichen Dienstes (TvöD), grade 13 (
For further information on ZMO and its programme see or contact Dr. Nagel at
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