Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Duration: 3 years

Employer: University of Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria

Posting Date: 07 February 2012

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Project: "Handling Diversity in Medieval India and Europe in Comparison (13th-18th Centuries CE)", Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna

Position Summary

A 3-year postdoctoral research position is available within the "Handling diversity in pre-modern India and Europe" project at the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will receive a gross annual salary of roughly 60.000 Euro.

We invite applications from researchers who have recently completed doctoral studies and work on comparative history of pre-modern India and Europe. Projects already in progress or new applications related to the theme of the ‘Handling Diversity Project’ are welcome. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work at the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, and is expected to be resident in Vienna. He or she will be participating in the research group's regular discussions and workshops, as well as its international and interdisciplinary cooperation. He or she will also be invited to teach in the University of Vienna’s master programs, especially in the Global History and Global Studies program.

The Project

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on his or her own research project as part of the larger comparative project "Handling Diversity in Medieval Europe and India in Comparison (13th-18th Centuries CE)," funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF). The project’s main goal is to compare patterns in conceiving and negotiating political, social and religious diversity in Medieval India and Europe. For further information about the project “Handling Diversity” please go to:


A PhD degree in a historical discipline (e.g. history, cultural anthropology, art history etc.)

Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Persian, Hindi-Urdu, Kannada, or another relevant language is desirable; willingness to learn German

Interest in cross-cultural and global history in the pre-modern era

Willingness to participate in the department’s and project group’s activities


Please submit applications electronically, in a single PDF file, to: Uros Zver ( Uros will be pleased to discuss all issues related to the project and your application. Your application should contain a letter of motivation, CV, list of publications and an outline of your research topic. Formal evaluation of candidates will begin on March 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be expected to join between May and October 2012.

Prof. Thomas Ertl

University of Vienna

Institute of Economic and Social History

Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

Tel +43-1-4277-41316,

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