The University of Münster (Germany) wishes to appoint a Research Assistant

in a half time position in the field of Jewish Studies under the direction of Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel, at the Department of Philology, Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Jewish Studies.

The assistant position is scheduled to start on November 1st, 2016, and will run for one year. It may be extended to two more years. According to the German collective labour agreement for public sector employees (TV-L E 13), the gross salary for the position starts at approximately 1.719 € (half-time) per month during the first year. The regular working hours amount to 19 hours and 55 minutes per week half-time.

The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Jewish Studies professorship focusses on medieval Jewish Art, Sephardic Judaism and Jewish cultural history of the Middle Ages.

Standard duties:

  • Participation in the research project “From Manuscript to Printing Press: The Illustrated Book in Late Medieval Jewish Culture”

Research fellows are expected to pursue their academic career (doctoral thesis, post-doctoral publications) in conjunction with the duties pertaining to the position.

Qualifications, knowledge and experiences:

  • Knowledge of Hebrew
  • Above-average higher education diploma or PhD in Jewish Studies or related disciplines (advantage will be given to candidates with an expertise in the Middle Ages, Art History, Print Culture, Manuscript Culture)
  • Knowledge of medieval Jewish primary sources and reading skills in Hebrew and Aramaic texts from late antiquity and the Middle Ages (both Ashkenazic and Sefardic);
  • Interest in medieval Jewish culture, material culture, and manuscript culture

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

Among applicants of equal qualifications and equal position-relevant skills, disabled candidates will be given preference unless other candidate-related reasons prevail.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests, and names/addresses of two referees within a single PDF document, and to be submitted by July 31, 2016 to:

Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel
Institut für Jüdische Studien
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Johannisstr. 1-4
D-48143 Münster

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed by email to Ms Leila Prousch (

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