Doctoral Research Fellow

The Bonn University and its Global Heritage Lab are looking for a Doctoral Research Fellow (65%, 3 years), who would like to conduct research on critical museum and heritage studies. Deadline: 07. July 2024



The Argelander Professorship for Critical Museum and Heritage Studies, chaired by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Binter, is looking for a

Doctoral Research Fellow

(Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in)  TV-L EG 13, 65%,

for at least three years, who would like to conduct research on critical museum and heritage studies in an international team.

The Argelander Professorship in Critical Museum and Heritage Studies engages in transdisciplinary and transcultural heritage research, including the testing of decolonial methodologies. It seeks to plurify the formation of knowledge across museums and heritage.

The Global Heritage Lab is an international research hub for critical museum and global heritage studies and an innovative teaching and exhibition space. It fosters transcultural and transdisciplinary experimentation and provides impulses for rethinking museums and understanding cultural heritage against the background of global economic, ecological, cultural and political challenges. In particular, it engages with historically marginalised bodies of knowledge and forms of cultural expression. The Global Heritage Lab is supported by the Transdisciplinary Research Area Present Pasts, which is dedicated to researching the connections between current challenges and processes and negotiations of comparable phenomena in the past from transdisciplinary perspectives.

Your tasks:

Further development of your research profile, development of a doctoral project related to the research fields of the professorship 


Academic teaching in the field of critical museum and heritage studies


Participation in exhibitions and academic events organised by the professorship


Academic self-administration


Writing applications for third-party funding


Willingness to be a member of committees


Completion of a doctoral supervisory relationship at the University of Bonn within the first 12 months

Your profile:

Completed Master's degree in cultural and social anthropology, cultural studies, history, art history, museum studies, material culture studies, postcolonial studies or related subjects


Interest in transcultural issues


Experience in the research with material culture and historical archives (desirable)


Experience in the conception and organisation of exhibitions (desirable)


Professional command of written and spoken English (business fluent) 


Good knowledge of German


Proactive manner of working, high degree of independence and sense of responsibility 


Committed, flexible, team-orientated and open to new tasks

We offer:

  • A diverse and challenging job to grow in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research environment with one of the largest employers in the region
  • As part of the position, the opportunity to obtain a PhD
  • Collaboration in an international team
  • Innovative teaching and exhibition infrastructure, which also enables a curatorial qualification
  • Numerous university sports programmes
  • An excellent transport infrastructure due to the central location in Bonn
  • Flexible working hours and the opportunity to work from home
  • A salary based on the 13 TV-L scale     

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university and aims to increase the proportion of women employed in areas where women are underrepresented and to promote their careers. To that end, it urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled following the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome. Applications from people who identify as part of the global majority are expressly encouraged.

If you are interested in this position, please send your complete and informative documents in German or English consisting of

  • Informative cover letter
  • 1 – 2 page research exposé
  • Writing sample (master thesis or publication)
  • CV, including research and exhibition experience and publications if applicable Bachelor's and Master's transcript

by 07 July 2024, stating the reference number 3.2/24/36, for technical reasons only in a PDF file by e-mail to Nana Tsiklauri ntsiklau[ at ]

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jun.-Prof. Dr Julia Binter: julia.binter[ at ]


More details

Jun.-Prof. Dr Julia Binter

julia.binter[ at ]

Send documents to

Nana Tsiklauri

ntsiklau[ at ]