JOB: 2 pos­i­tions – Research Assist­ant (Postdoc), ‘Translocations’, TU Berlin

Salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

“We Want to Go Back Home” – caricature published for the sale of Yves Saint Laurent’s & Pierre Bergé’s collection (2009) Lupe ©

Part-time employ­ment may be pos­sible

The research cluster “Trans­lo­ca­tions” at the Insti­tute for Art His­tory and His­tor­ical Urban Stud­ies at the Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is seek­ing to hire two postdoc­toral research­ers for its team. The pro­ject is fun­ded through the Gottfried Wil­helm Leib­niz-Prize of the DFG, awar­ded to Prof. Dr. Béné­dicte Savoy in 2016. The research cluster will study large-scale dis­place­ments of cul­tural assets from antiquity to the 20th cen­tury such as: art theft and spo­li­ation organ­ized by the state in times of war and occu­pa­tion, seizure of cul­tural goods dur­ing colo­ni­al­ism, dis­place­ments as a res­ult of a par­ti­tion of excav­a­tion dis­cov­er­ies or research exped­i­tions, mater­ial dia­spora of entire civil­iz­a­tions exped­ited by the art trade, and con­fis­ca­tions jus­ti­fied through ideo­logy, nation­al­iz­a­tion, or en masse dis­posal of private prop­erty. The key object­ive of “Trans­lo­ca­tions” is to com­pile a com­pre­hens­ive selec­tion of his­tor­ical find­ings in order to deliver ori­ent­a­tion and dir­ec­tion for deal­ing with the chal­lenges posed by this topic now and in the future. For fur­ther inform­a­tion on the research cluster see

Work­ing field
The can­did­ate will have the oppor­tun­ity to pur­sue his or her own research interests within the con­text of an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team and the over­all research goals of the pro­ject cluster. This includes the devel­op­ment and exe­cu­tion of both inde­pend­ent and team-based stud­ies. The can­did­ate will inde­pend­ently pro­duce work for aca­demic pub­lic­a­tion and work within the team on the four found­a­tional pro­jects of the research cluster (a digital atlas, a vir­tual lib­rary, a gloss­ary, and an image rep­er­tory). The can­did­ate will also be involved in the organ­iz­a­tion of aca­demic events and the man­age­ment of the pro­ject cluster.
For fur­ther inform­a­tion about the pos­i­tion, please con­tact Prof. Dr. Béné­dicte Savoy (via Eyke Von­derau:
Can­did­ates must have com­pleted a uni­versity degree (Dip­lom, Mas­ter, or equi­val­ent) as well as a com­pleted doc­toral degree (or expec­tedly com­pleted until 01/09/17), in a dis­cip­line related to the pro­ject (art his­tory, his­tory, arche­ology, area stud­ies, lit­er­at­ure, cul­tural stud­ies, or eth­no­logy; depend­ing on research focus, can­did­ates from the legal sci­ences, soci­ology, or other related fields will also be con­sidered); Research interest and aca­demic exper­i­ence related to the topic of the pro­ject cluster; His­tor­ical know­ledge of at least one of the rel­ev­ant regions and peri­ods; Very good Eng­lish and Ger­man lan­guage skills. Pro­fi­ciency in at least one other lan­guage rel­ev­ant to the pro­ject is a plus (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Rus­sian, Turk­ish). Can­did­ates should prefer­ably have exper­i­ence and be com­fort­able work­ing in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team, and pos­sess excel­lent col­lab­or­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills.
How to ap­ply

The applic­a­tion mater­i­als (includ­ing an out­line of 250-300 words for a case study in the pro­ject, a cover let­ter, the CV, and cop­ies of cer­ti­fic­ates) should be sent in a single PDF file to Please mark all applic­a­tion mater­i­als with the ref­er­ence num­ber above. Applic­a­tions by email are strongly pre­ferred; however, applic­a­tions may also be sent per mail to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin – Der Präsid­ent -, Fak­ultät I, Insti­tut für Kunstwis­senschaft und His­tor­ische Urb­an­istik, FG Kun­st­geschichte, Frau Prof. Dr. Savoy, Sekr. A 56, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Ber­lin.

To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned.

Further Information and References: TUB Stellenticket, Leibnitz Project Cluster [last access March 30, 2017)