2 Research Assistants/PhD, The M/Other Project, Lüneburg

Research Assistant (m/f/d) – School of Culture and Society – Leuphana Universität Lüneburg.


As a humanistic, sustainable and action-oriented university, Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in education and science. Methodological diversity, interdisciplinary cooperation, transdisciplinary cooperation with practice and an overall dynamic development characterise its research profile in the core topics of education, culture, management/technology, sustainability and state. Its international study model with the Leuphana College, the Leuphana Graduate School and the Leuphana Professional School is unique in Germany and has won many awards.
We are currently looking for two PhD-candidates to join the project “The M/Other Project: Creativity, Procreation, and Contemporary Art” which has been funded by the VolkswagenFoundation and is led by Prof. Jordan Troeller, Junior Professor of Art History and Aesthetic Practice. The PhDs will be affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy and Art History and will begin on October 1, 2024.

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
(salary group EG 13 TV-L, 65%, temporary for a period of 3 years)

Although scholars in the visual arts have extensively explored the iconography of motherhood, far less attention has been paid to how motherhood has impacted categories of authorship, definitions of artistic making, and judgements of aesthetic value. We invite doctoral projects that take up this challenge, however interpreted. We are especially interested in risk-taking projects, which challenge conventional wisdom and identify new avenues of analysis. Projects may range from the early modern period to contemporary art, take up any medium, and address any geographic area. They must, however, be clearly defined and able to be realized within three years. Applicants coming from the practice of art with demonstrated capacity for scholarly research are also welcome to apply.
In-person interviews will take place in Lüneburg the week of July 8 or 15, 2024.
You can find more detailed information about “The M/Other Project” under the following links:



Your tasks:
– Independent research leading to a completed dissertation
– Assistance in the organization of workshops and events in conjunction with the research project
– Willingness to take on small tasks related to the project, such as research and support in publication projects
– Regular, active participation in the research project’s activities

Your profile:
– Completed MA or MFA (or equivalent) in studio art, art history, cultural studies, comparative literature, or related field
– Risk-taking, ambitious, and curious personality, with a readiness to hear constructive critique and feedback, as well as an openness and willingness to engage in scholarly discussions
– Ability to work in a heterogeneous team of scholars and practitioners
– Previous publications is desired, but not required
– Fluency in English or German is necessary; as well as any additional language skills as required by your project proposal

Our offer:
– Competitive salary and health care benefits
– Generous research and travel funding and publication support
– Opportunity to pursue a PhD-project in the context of an internationally renowned research project;
– an inspiring working environment as part of the university community of researchers, lecturers, students and staff in technology and administration,
– a workplace at one of the most beautiful university locations in Germany in a true campus university with an internationally acclaimed central building by Daniel Libeskind and the directly adjacent nature reserve Wilschenbruch,
– a high level of job security as part of the public service,
– an additional company pension plan through the Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL),
– flexible and family-friendly working hours within a flexitime framework from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m,
– flexible and family-friendly options for alternating between presence work and mobile work,
– an extensive internal and external continuing education program
– a wide range of sports activities sponsored by the university, which employees can take advantage of for one hour per week during working hours to promote their health,
– a university-sponsored catering service for lunch and dinner in the cafeteria,
– a Germany ticket sponsored by the university as a job ticket

Your Application:
For questions regarding the content of the position, please contact Professor Troeller (Jordan.troeller@leuphana.de).
Leuphana University of Lüneburg promotes professional gender equality and heterogeneity among its members. Applications from people with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they have the same qualifications. Please also note our data protection information for applicants.
We look forward to receiving your application. The following application documents should be submitted in either English or German:

• Cover letter
• Project Proposal (max. 5 pages, doubled-spaced)
• Personal Statement (max. 2 pages, double-spaced)
• CV (including publications if application), with the names, institutional affiliation, and contact info of 3 professional references
• University transcripts and/or MA certificates (in copy)

In your Research Proposal, please clearly indicate 1) your topic generally including the circumstances that call for further research, 2) your research question, 3) the approach(es) you intend to take, 4) a research plan (which archives, artworks, interviews, texts, etc will you examine), and 5) a timeline for execution (please work with a total of three years).
The Personal Statement in contrast should explain previous experience—especially generally life experience—that has led you to the decision to pursue a PhD. What makes you stand out as a candidate? Do you have a relationship to your research topic beyond academic interest? Please also indicate your future plans once the PhD is completed. This statement should not repeat information in your cover letter.
Please submit applications (without a photo of the applicant) by 12 June 2024 either as a in a single PDF file or via postal mail to:

Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Human Resources and Legal Affairs / Application Management
Password: M/other
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg


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