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PhD position (m/f/d) "Freikorps in Franconia" (m/f/d)

Professorship for Franconian Regional History

Application deadline:

In the context of the new BMBF-funded collaborative research network ‘Deutungskämpfe im Übergang” (Interpretative Battles in Times of ransition), the University of Bayreuth offers a

PhD position "Freikorps in Franconia" (m/f/d)

(E 13 TV-L, 65%), limited to four years.


The aim is to research the project "Freikorps in Franconia". The project will examine how Free Corps formations emerged in Franconia after the First World War and how and in what way they acted in the post-war period. In doing so, the regional history project is to be read in the context of the pan-European phase of violence in the post-war period.  The concrete project as well as the selection of the persons to be studied is to be determined (in consultation) by the person to be hired and can, for example, focus on a group biography, recruitment strategies and/or practices and spaces of violence. In addition to developing and completing the PhD, the position holder will be expected to participate in group events and publications and to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration with regard to peace and conflict studies. Previous experience in the history of war and violence, and in interdisciplinary work is welcome, but not required.

The position is part of the BMBF-funded research network "‘Deutungskämpfe im Übergang” (Interpretative Battles in Times of Transition)", a joint regional endeavor of the Universität Augsburg, the Institut für Zeitgeschichte München, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg  and the University of Bayreuth, to start in April 2022. It is to contribute to and further develop an interdisciplinary focus area on ‘Deutungskämpfe im Übergang” (Interpretative Battles in time of Transition) within peace and conflict studies between history and sociology, for which responsibility lies with the research team at University of Bayreuth. The position will be linked to both the BMBF research network and the Institute for Franconian Regional History (Univ. Bayreuth/Bamberg).

The position is advertised as E 13 TV-L, 65%, limited to 48 months (1.4.2022 to 31.03.2026). In addition to the position, there is a certain amount of material funding available (travel expenses, etc.).

Please submit as application documents digitally (see below), including:

a) Proof of a successful degree in the field of historical sciences (M.A. or comparable) entitling the holder to a doctorate, as well as good knowledge of German and English. The certificate of the degree must be available at the latest by the start of employment.

b) Work sample (e.g. Master's thesis, seminar paper, essay, etc.) and a short outline (1-2 pages incl. time schedule) of the project planned here.

c) Short curriculum vitae with two references (at least one university lecturer).

The University of Bayreuth values the diversity of its employees as an enrichment and is expressly committed to the goal of equal opportunities for men and women. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are very welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the Best Practice Club "Familie in der Hochschule e.V." (Family in Higher Education) and has successfully participated in the HRK audit "Internationalisation of Higher Education". Persons with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability.



Your application

Please apply online by Monday, 31st January 2022, stating the password "Freikorps" via our Application Portal Uni Bayreuth.

The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

The contract will start on 1.4.2022.

If you have any questions, please contact the project leader directly: Dr. Julia Eichenberg (julia.eichenberg@uni-bayreuth.de).

We look forward to receiving your application.