Research Assistant

The Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology @uniGoettingen is looking for a Research Assistant (65%) for the project Postcards and Postcarding Culture in Germany and Israel 1960-2000; application deadline 1 February 2022



The Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is looking to fill the position of a

Research Assistant (all genders welcome)

This position should be filled by 1 May 2022. The regular working hours will be currently 25,87h/week hours/week (65%) with a limited contract of 3 years. Salary: Pay grade 13 TV-L.

The position's duties include implementing a research project within the cooperative project with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, funded by the VolkswagenStiftung “Postcards and Postcarding Culture in Germany and Israel 1960-2000: Addressing an Ambivalent Habitual Object in Times of Historical Upheavals.”

The project scrutinizes postcards in Germany and Israel from 1960 to 2000, juxtaposing the postcard imagery with the momentous socio-political events of this period. Postcards of that time emerged as an ambivalent cultural artefact, promoting conservative ideals of places and cultures as well as providing transgressive and dissident ways of communication and network building, that were in line with counterculture ideals. Through archival work, ethnographic interviews and image analysis, the project seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of the interplay of societal and media change and to lay open hitherto unnoticed medial continuities and ruptures in view of current digital trends.

The successful candidate will hold a highly qualified M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology, European Ethnology, Folklore Studies, Cultural Studies or Visual Anthropology or any related disciplines. The applicant's willingness to work as a member of the research group at Göttingen University collaborating with the research group at the Hebrew University and an excellent command of German as well as a high proficiency English are required. Command of field work techniques, experiences in visual and material analysis are desirable. The successful applicant is expected to pursue a doctoral degree in the project’s thematic field.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured. The University of Göttingen is a family-friendly institution that supports the reconcilability of family and working life.

The application should include a cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates, and a writing example (e.g. MA-Thesis)
Please send your application in electronic form, only. Please apply by 1 february 2022 via the university’s online-application portal

If you have any questions, please contact PD Dr. Victoria Hegner (victoria.hegner(at)

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PD Dr. Victoria Hegner

victoria.hegner[ at ]