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Within the Research Group “Effects of Contact and Exchange in the Euro-Mediterranean” at the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Byzantium between Orient and Occident“

1 post-doctoral position (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) (salary scheme 13 TV-L, 100%)

is to be filled for a period of 1 year (12 months).

The goal of the Research Group “Effects on Contact and Exchange in the Euro-Mediterranean“ at the Leibniz ScienceCampus Mainz/Frankfurt ( is to examine the short-term and long-term effects of intercultural communication, which took place with considerable Byzantine intermediation and under Byzantine influence in the Euro-Mediterranean sphere. In a comparative perspective, we will ask how the appropriation of foreign knowledge, ideas and objects had an effect on different regions and/or societies, in particular from a chronological perspective which extends beyond the end of the Byzantine Empire. Furthermore, the history of reception and its impact on these societies will be
reflected upon.

Participating in this Research Group are the disciplines of Christian Archaeology/Byzantine Art History, Medieval History, Early and Prehistorical Archaeology (with a focus on Medieval Archaeology), Byzantine Studies, Eastern European History, Early Modern Church History, Musicology and Early Modern History. The project covers the period from the Early Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • develop and submit a project application, e.g. to the German Research Foundation (Walter Benjamin-Programm) or Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung along the lines of the aforementioned topic
  • complete a scholarly paper that merits publication (corresponding to the topic)
  • cooperate in the development of a GIS-referenced digital atlas on reception of Byzantium

The Research Group “Effects of Contact and Exchange in the Euro-Mediterranean” offers intensive specialist and interdisciplinary exchange with colleagues at the Universities of Mainz and Frankfurt, the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Archaeological research institute (RGZM), the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) and diverse opportunities for international networking.

Requirements for the application include an excellent dissertation in a participating field, as well as experience in interdisciplinary work. Additional experience in Digital Humanities and knowledge of GIS are desirable.

To increase the proportion of women within the sphere of scholarship applications from female researchers are especially welcome.

The following application materials are to be submitted electronically in a single .pdf file (in German or English):

  • Outline of the planned research project (two pages)
  • A curriculum vitae with list of publications, degree diplomas, information on
    scientific employment

The application materials are to be addressed to the main office of the LeibnizScienceCampus: Dr. Benjamin Fourlas (fourlas(at)

The application deadline is 15.09.2019.

For further information on the LeibnizScienceCampus cf. For questions please contact Dr. Benjamin Fourlas.