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Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Department of History at the Faculty of History, Art and Area Studies (Prof. Dr. Axel Körner), seeks to fill the above position at the earliest opportunity.

This position has been created to fund a PhD in History of Political Thought. It aims to support the activities of the recently established Chair in Modern Cultural and Intellectual History at Leipzig University’s Department of History. The Chair’s principal focus of research is comparative and transnational history of ideas, with a particular focus on European and trans-Atlantic history from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century.


  • Fixed term depending on planned academic training (initially expected to be 3 years)  
  • 65 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group E13 TV-L


  • writing of a PhD thesis in the above field
  • research and teaching in Modern Cultural and Intellectual History
  • publication of research outputs
  • papers at academic conferences in Germany and abroad
  • administrative duties in relation to teaching and research


  • a BA and MA in History or related disciplines, with excellent results
  • previous experience in form of a thesis (BA/MA) in the field of History of Political Thought, Intellectual History, History of Ideas, History of Concepts, approaches of the Cambridge School of Political Thought
  • previous experience in form of a thesis (BA/MA) in comparative or transnational history
  • good knowledge of German and English; additional language skills are an advantage


  • A modern workplace and attractive working conditions (mobile working)
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Goal-oriented staff development throughout your working life, with opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Commuter pass for the MDV network

Please send your application with the usual documents, including 1-page research proposal, quoting reference number 287/2021, via e-mail as a single PDF file by 16 November 2021. In case you are unable to send your application via e-mail, please send it by post to

Universität Leipzig
Fakultät für Geschichte, Kunst- und Regionalwissenschaften
Historisches Seminar
Prof. Dr. Axel Körner
Beethovenstraße 15
D - 04107 Leipzig

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Leipzig University aims to increase the proportion of women in positions of responsibility and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply. Severely disabled persons – or persons deemed legally equal to them under Book IX of the German Social Code – are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Closing date: 16.11.2021



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