Our offer:

The Bonn Centre for Dependency and Slavery Studies offers excellent opportunities for the interdisciplinary and comparative study of different forms of dependencies from the Ancient to the present times, across many regions.

We are currently establishing three Junior Research Groups, each focussing on one of the following topics:

1) “Dependency, Gender and Labour in the Household”, 

2) “Punishment, Labour, Dependency”, and

3) “Beyond Slavery: Dependency in Asian History”.

They are each led by an outstanding Early Career Researcher of the field of Slavery and Dependency Studies. For each of the three groups we are calling for applications for 2 PhD positions. The six successful candidates will formulate independent PhD projects within their respective Junior Research Group.

To find more detailed descriptions of the Research Groups’ focusses, please visit our website: https://www.dependency.uni-bonn.de/en/program/junior-research-groups

The positions are funded for four years on a salary of 65% of the tariff of TV-L-E13 which comes to about 30,000 euros per annum before taxes. The successful candidates will receive a salary and social security benefits. In addition, access to extra funding for archival trips and participation in conferences will be available. PhD candidates at the University of Bonn are advised to enrol as PhD students at the bi-annual “fee” of about 250 euros. This includes access to public transport in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as student discounts at museums, cinemas, and other benefits.


Applicants are required to have a completed university degree (Master, Magister or Staatsexamen) in history, cultural history, history of ideas, or other similar areas of study relevant for the research group. We welcome applications from all over the world. English is the working language within the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.

Applicants are invited to submit:

1. their application, consisting in: a) curriculum vitae; b) a list of publications; c) one copy of MA certificate;

2. an outline of the research project they would like to develop during the PhD (max 4 A4-pages), including: Key research questions and hypotheses; Originality of the proposed project vis-à-vis available studies (with a list of max 5 key publications); Sources and methodology; Connections of the proposed project with, and relevance for, the topic of the Junior Research Group.

3. the name and contact of two referees (position, professional address and e-mail)

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

If you are interested in this position, please send your complete application documents by 20th July 2018 to dependency@uni-bonn.de. Please indicate in your email for which JRG you are applying. Before sending your application, please combine and convert all of your documents into one PDF file. For further information please contact Jeannine Bischoff, email: dependency@uni-bonn.de.