The Caucasus Studies Program at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena solicits applications for a three-year postdoctoral position to be funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation (subject to the final agreement of the grant organization). The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in the activities of the research project entitled Transformations of Sacred Spaces, Pilgrimages and Conceptions of Hybridity in the Post‐Soviet Caucasus (chief investigators Kevin Tuite and Florian Mühlfried), including several months of fieldwork, writing, and taking part in annual workshops. On occasion, he or she might also be asked to teach a seminar in the Caucasus Studies Program. (Details to be decided in consultation with the Caucasus Studies staff; the seminars may be conducted in German or English). The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to carry out individual research, writing and other scholarly activity, with the agreement of the chief project investigators.
Recent or nearly-finished PhDs with fieldwork experience in the North or
South Caucasus, a doctoral dissertation on a Caucasus-related topic, and
graduate training in sociocultural anthropology or a related discipline,
are encouraged to apply. The candidate should be fluent in Russian and/or
another language prevalent in the Caucasus. The funding allocated for the
postdoctoral fellowship is 2100€ per month for a total of three years,
beginning in January 2013, plus additional financial means for fieldwork.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials:
Cover letter with name, address and current position of the applicant
including a description of the candidate’s dissertation topic, research
interests, accomplishments, and plans.
A recently published article on a relevant topic
Names, positions, institutional affiliations and contact information for
Electronic submission of all materials as PDF files is strongly
encouraged but materials may also be sent by mail to:
PD Dr. Florian Mühlfried
Abteilung für Kaukasiologie
Email submissions should be sent to PD Dr. Mühlfried at this address:
<email@example.com>. To receive the fullest consideration,
applications should be received no later than October 15, 2012.