Call for applications: 1 PhD & 1 postdoc position in Jewish Studies, FU Berlin

Contract duration: 48 months, fixed term

Starting date: 1 July or as soon as possible thereafter

Location: Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Institut für Judaistik, FU Berlin

Salary: TV-L 13; 65% fte

Reference code: WiMi/2019/13056401/2

The Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for a doctoral position in Jewish Studies within the framework of Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Patterns of Knowledge Circulation: The Transmission and Reception of Jewish Esoteric Knowledge in Early Modern East-Central Europe,” founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The project is seeking a doctoral research associate to work on the subject of “Printing Jewish kabbalistic literatures in early modern East-Central Europe.” An interest in the histories of print, Jewish book and editorial practices as well as material history is essential. The focus may include book collecting practices and the status of Jewish cabbalistica in public and private book collections, book ownership patterns and the exchange of kabbalistic books as markers of power and authority, history of editorial practices, and/or the modes of circulation of kabbalistic knowledge between manuscripts and print in early modern East-Central Europe.

The work of doctoral researcher includes the following duties:

  • Library and archival research on printed and handwritten texts of early modern East-Central European (Ashkenazi) provenance pertinent to the research theme
  • Preparation of doctoral dissertation based on the project-related research
  • Preparation of data for digital catalogue; analysing data and results
  • Joint-preparation of an international conference and other collaborative research events
  • Contribution to the project website
  • Presence at the FU Berlin campus during working hours


MA degree in Jewish Studies or a relevant field


Knowledge of one or more of the following fields: reception history, book history, Jewish manuscript cultures, history of kabbalistic literatures; excellent command of English and Hebrew; command of one or more of the following languages will be an advantage: Yiddish, German, Latin, Polish, Russian; excellent writing and communication skills; ability to work well both collaboratively and independently; highly motivated, excellent organisation skills; IT skills.

Application documents should include:

one-page cover letter; curriculum vitae; a research proposal related to the subject specified in the job description (max. 1800 words); copies of degree certificate(s) including transcripts of records.

Two recommendation letters must be submitted directly by the referees to Dr Agata Paluch ( by the deadline for applications.

Please submit all the application documents, quoting the reference code WiMi/2019/13056401/2, as one pdf file by email to or by post to:

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften

Institut für Judaistik

Frau Dr. Agata Paluch

Fabeckstr. 23-25

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

The deadline for applications is 1st March 2019.

For informal enquiries and further information about the position, please contact Dr Agata Paluch at

Applicants should be prepared to reside in the Berlin area. We especially encourage international applications. As Freie Universität Berlin aims to increase the number of female researchers, it expressly encourages women to apply. Applications from suitable candidates with severe disabilities will receive preferential treatment.