Postdoc in Auxiliary Historical Sciences

Brno (CZ)
05 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Auxiliary Historical Sciences

Department   Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive StudiesFaculty of Arts 

Deadline   28 Jan 2018

Start date    March 2018 

Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic invites excellent scientists to apply for a 

POSTDOC POSITION in the field of Auxiliary Historical Sciences 

The Regesta Imperii Branch Office at the Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies at Masaryk University Brno collects the charters and letters of the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg (1368–1437) and publishes them in the form of abstracts, both in print and via the RI-Online open access database ( Over the last years we have published volumes of abstracts of Sigismund’s charters and letters from the archives of the Czech Republic. 
We now intend to move our focus to those charters held in German and Polish archives. For this purpose we seek to hire a highly qualified researcher (post-doc) to conduct archival research for us
in the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin and in various archives in Poland. 
The successful candidate will conduct the first tranches of the complex archival research, draft abstracts of the letters and charters found, and prepare and publish accompanying studies which should focus especially on Sigismund’s role in the conflict between the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order.  
The successful candidate should: 

  • be a researcher who has received a PhD or its equivalent within the last 7 years 
  • be a researcher who has worked at least two whole years in the last three outside the territory of the Czech Republic in the field of research with a working time of at least 0.5 full-time equivalent, or who has been PhD student (or equivalent) abroad 
  • have a publishing record – in the last three years at least two publication outputs registered in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Scopus or ERIH PLUS databases and at the same time publications such as “articles”, “books”, “book chapters”, “letters” and “reviews”. The applicant must be the principal author of at least one publication (according to the subject specificity it may be as the first author, the corresponding/reprint author, or the role of the individual authors stated in the article). 
  • have experience in the field of the auxiliary historical sciences and in late medieval history, ideally with a particular specialisation in the history of the Holy Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order. 
  • have experience with research projects (an advantage) 
  • have excellent communication skills and an ability to collaborate with multiple teams 
  • have an excellent knowledge of German and Polish and a sound command of medieval Latin 

The application should include: 

  • a CV including a summary of work experience, publication activity, involvement in research grants and further information proving the above mentioned 
  • a copy of diploma or similar proof of academic education 
  • a Cover Letter 
  • contact information for at least three referees 

MU offers the opportunity to gain: 

  • an interesting job in a dynamically-expanding university area 
  • diverse and challenging work in an excellent research environment 
  • tenure track with an initial appointment for two years 
  • work in a professional team and pleasant working conditions 
  • interaction with leading scientists in an inspiring, internationalised environment 
  • a welcoming service for the successful candidate and his/her family 

Anticipated start date: The position is available from March 2018. 
The submission date is 28 January 2018.  
A review of applications will commence immediately after the deadline. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview within one month of the deadline. 
Further information about: 

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