Ausschreibung: Research Assistant (DHI London)

Bewerbungsschluss: 14. August 2020

The German Historical Institute London (GHIL) is an academically independent institution and forms part of the Max Weber Foundation German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It promotes research on medieval and modern history, in particular on the history of Britain, on the British Empire and the Commonwealth, and on Anglo-German relations. Its research library specializes in German history. The GHIL is looking to appoint

One Research Assistant

Part-time (10 hours per week) to a fixed-term post for 12 months, based in London WC1A 2NJ starting in January 2021

The position involves researching and designing an exhibition for the three-year International Standing Working Group (ISWG) Medialization and Empowerment led by the GHIL. The ISWG forms part of the international research project “Knowledge Unbound: Internationalization, Networking, Innovation in and by the Max Weber Stiftung.” It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The Working Group investigates the ways feminist ideas circulated in twentieth-century mass media, and how media shaped society and activism. These questions are explored in a global context, involving partners at research institutions in Britain, Germany, India, and beyond.

The research assistant will:

  • organize and design an exhibition on the topic of “Feminism and the Media” that will be displayed at venues in the UK, Germany and India
  • plan and co-ordinate the exhibition display, including launch events
  • collect and create exhibition materials and information
  • co-ordinate the promotion of the exhibition
  • be resident in the UK, and travel to some events in India and Germany

We are looking for candidates who:

  • have completed graduate studies in the humanities, ideally with expertise in the field of art history, gender history or media history
  • have experience organizing exhibitions and/or similar events
  • have experience in public engagement and promoting academic events
  • have an excellent command of written and spoken English, and a good reading knowledge of German
  • have good organizational skills
  • are team-players and willing to work alongside the International Standing Working Group to develop its international presence.

The salary, which is based on the German Embassy’s pay scheme, is £999 per month (£1038.75 after a six-month probation period). Andre Tummernicht (tummernicht(ghi) can answer any questions relating to salary and support for families.

The Max Weber Foundation is a family-friendly employer and promotes a good work-life balance. We also work towards achieving gender equality among our staff and attempt to compensate for existing imbalances. We therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. According to law, candidates with a severe disability who are equally qualified (in terms of aptitude, ability, and achievement) will be given preference, and equally qualified women will be given preference over men.

To apply, please send a full CV, university examination grades, a covering letter explaining your motivation and what makes you suitable for the role, the addresses of two referees, and any other documents that might support your application in a single PDF file only to bewerbungen(ghi) (reference: ISWG). Applications must be received by 5pm GMT, August 14 2020.

For questions about this role please contact

Deutsches Historisches Institut London
Dr. Jane Freeland
Email: bewerbungen(ghi)

Interviews will be held on September 17  2020 either per videolink or in person.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their legal right to work in the UK. The salary will be taxable in Germany unless you are a British citizen and do not also hold German citizenship.

By submitting your application you agree that your application will be forwarded to external selection committee members in the course of the selection process. Applications will be used exclusively for the purpose of the selection procedure and will be deleted after completion of the procedure in compliance with data protection regulations.

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