Research Position: "Comparisons in markets: Practices of Real Estate Valuation in Britain and the German Territories, 1750-1950"

Bielefeld University

The SFB 1288 "Practices of comparing. Ordering and changing the world” (Subproject B07, Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Peter Kramper) offers a part-time

research position
starting as soon as possible 
(E13 TV-L, non-permanent position)

Your Tasks
The successful candidate will participate in the SFB Subproject B07 “Comparisons in markets: Practices of Real Estate Valuation in Britain and the German Territories, 1750-1950”.

The aim of the project is to investigate long-run changes in the economic valuation of real estate in Britain and the German territories and to analyze the role of “practices of comparing” in this process. There are two case studies, one on the valuation of farmland and agrarian estates between 1750 and 1870, the other on the valuation of urban real estate between 1870 and 1950. More information is available at 

The main responsibilities are:

  • to carry out research on the second case study (working title: “Urban real estate valuation in Britain and Germany, 1870-1950”) and to complete a monograph on this topic. The methodological framework of the SFB and recent approaches to markets, prices and valuations from the field of economic sociology have to be taken into account (approx. 85 %)
  • to participate in joint research projects and discussions in subproject B07 and to contribute to events such as project-oriented workshops (approx. 5 %)
  • to contribute to the main topics of discussion and research in the SFB project and to help plan and organize SFB events (approx. 5 %)
  • to collaborate in the academic self-administration of the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology (approx. 5 %)

Your Profile

We expect

  • completed academic university degree (Master, Magister, Diplom), or state comprehensive examinations in the fields of History, Economics or Sociology
  • knowledge in 19th and 20th century economic history
  • working knowledge of German or a willingness to learn German up to B2 level
  • a good and preferably a very good command of the English language, oral and written
  • independent, self-reliant and dedicated style of work
  • team spirit and a collaborative approach to research
  • an interest in theoretical issues and long-run perspectives

Working language is German. The research monograph may be written in English.

Preferable qualifications

  • knowledge of 19th and 20th century British history
  • organization and coordination skills

Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 of the Wage Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L). As stipulated in § 2 (1) sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG (fixed-term employment), the contract will end at 31st of December 2020. In accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases. The employment is designed to encourage further academic qualification. The position is advertised as a 65 % part-time job. In individual cases, this percentage may be reduced on request, as long as this does not conflict with official needs.

Bielefeld University is particularly committed to equal opportunities and the career development of its employees. It offers attractive internal and external training and further training programmes. Employees have the opportunity to use a variety of health, counselling, and prevention programmes. Bielefeld University places great importance on a work-family balance for all its employees.

Application Procedure
For full consideration, your application (incl. letter of motivation) should be received via either post or email (a single PDF) document sent to by the 4th of May 2018. Please mark your application with the identification code: wiss18068. Please do not use application portfolios and send only photocopies of original documents because all application materials will be destroyed at the end of the selection procedure. Further information on Bielefeld University can be found on our homepage at

Postal Address
Universität Bielefeld
Frau Sabrina Timmer 
P.O. Box: 10 01 31 
33501 Bielefeld 

Name: Sabrina Timmer
Phone: (+49) 521 106-67381 

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family friendly university. The University welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and Trades and Craft. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes. Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

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