registration number: ZE-0058-MCAW-wmz-2023


Entry date:


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


3 years


Volume of employment:
part-time (65 %)

The Philipps University, founded in 1527, offers multiple award-winning teaching for around 22,000 students and tackles the important issues of our time with excellent research across a broad spectrum of science.

At the Marburg Centre for the Ancient World (MCAW), eleven part-time positions (65 % of regular working hours) as

Research assistant (PhD student)

are available at the DFG-funded Research Training Group 2844 "Staging Religious Atmosphere in Ancient Cultures" for a limited period of three years, subject to the approval of funds as of 01.11.2023. The position is graded according to pay group 13 of the collective bargaining agreement of the State of Hesse.

The Research Training Group 2844 investigates the "Staging of Religious Atmosphere in Ancient Cultures" on the basis of textual and material sources with interdisciplinary cooperation. This will offer the Ph.D. candidates unique opportunities to write a subject-oriented dissertation in an inspiring, interdisciplinary and international environment and to build their own independent research profile. The Research Training Group will pursue a teaching and learning community that is open to new theoretical and methodological approaches as well as innovative presentation formats; the fellows will have extensive opportunities to participate in shaping this. Various training opportunities, including practical ones, will allow the candidates to develop their own academic profiles. For further information on the Research Training Group see

We invite you to submit your own proposals for doctoral projects, which can come from the following eleven subjects: Ancient History, Old Testament, Ancient Oriental Studies, Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Greek Studies, Historical-Comparative Linguistics, Classical Archaeology, Latin Studies, New Testament, Law with a focus on Roman Law, and Religious Studies/History of Religion with a focus on early Islam.


  • writing a dissertation in the subject area of the Research Training Group
  • active in-person participation in the activities of the Research Training Group within the framework of the supervision and qualification programme

Within the scope of the assigned tasks, opportunity will be provided for independent academic research which contributes to the applicant's own academicqualification. The fixed term is in accordance with Section 2, Paragraph 1, Sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG.


  • completed academic degree (Master's degree, state examination or comparable) with above-average success in any of the the subjects: Ancient History, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History, Classical Archaeology, Greek Studies, Historical-Comparative Linguistics, Latin Studies, Law, ideally with a focus on Roman Law, New Testament, Old Testament, and Religious Studies/History of Religion with a focus on Islam.
  • ability to work in a team, determination and readiness for interdisciplinary cooperation

The willingness to pursue one's own academic qualification is expected.


  • writing a dissertation in an outstanding research environment with international fellows
  • structured doctoral supervision through a mentoring programme
  • comprehesive self-guided study and qualification programme that you can shape yourself
  • collegial and family-friendly working environment

Furthermore, we invite you to contact the representatives of the subject(s) relevent to your research propsal for the subject-specific design of the exposé. :

Marburg University supports the professional development of young researchers with opportunities provided by the Marburg Research Academy (MaRA), the International Office, and the Offices for University Didactics and Staff Development.

Contact for more Information

Prof. Dr. Nils P. Heeßel, Representative of the Research Training Group 2844


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. A reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications.

In addition to the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae with list of publications, qualification certificates, and, if applicable, proof of academic activities), please submit a three-page proposal (including work plan and timetable) of your planned doctoral project, based on a research question that is of interdisciplinary relevance to the theme of the RTG. In addition, we expect the submission of the final thesis (M.A., state examination, etc.) as well as - at the latest by the time of a possible interview - two letters of recommendation from university teachers.

Please apply by 11th June 2023 via the button below.

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