Research Associate for the Project “EXC 2176 Understanding Written Artefacts” (Assyriology) § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

The core responsibility of the research associate is to pursue an independent research project in the field of Assyriology that fits the overall comparative research profile of the Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts”, and to contribute to the collaborative research activities of the Cluster. Applicants are free to suggest their own research within Assyriology but must demonstrate connections to ongoing research within the Cluster.

The Cluster offers the exciting opportunity to contribute to research on written artefacts in an international team of researchers from across forty disciplines in the humanities, the natural sciences and computer science. Within this highly inspiring and collaborative environment, you will pursue your own research project as well as contribute to the Cluster’s research programme as a whole through your active engagement in its internal and wider research activities. Activities include participation in research field meetings, academic publications, organising scholarly events, and maintaining and developing cooperation and relevant networks, amongst others. As the successful candidate, you will become a member of the Cluster and can apply for additional funding. The Cluster features a range of facilities and supportive measures from which its researchers can benefit (see

Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

A doctorate is desirable.

Fluent in English, written and spoken.

Candidates should have a strong interest in cooperating beyond disciplinary boundaries, especially across the humanities, natural sciences and computer sciences.

In particular, we are interested in projects with a focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • ancient Mesopotamian written artefacts
  • handwritten artefacts in the digital age
  • written artefacts and provenance studies
  • conceptual approaches to written artefacts from fields such as literary studies, gender studies, philosophy, sociology and anthropology

Candidates must apply with a project proposal (in English) of max. 5 pages (plus bibliography), including a brief summary, literature review, a detailed project description, a schedule and a budget plan (presumed costs related to the project, such as travel costs). The proposed project must fit the overall research profile of the Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts” and candidates are encouraged to identify a Research Field in which they situate their project. For further information, see

We offer

Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
Continuing education opportunities
University pensions
Attractive location
Flexible working hours
Work-life balance opportunities
Health management

Educational leave

30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

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