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Research Fellow (postdoc)

German Historical Institute London

Renumeration is GBP48,624 pa. for the first six months probational period, rising to GBP50,568 pa. thereafter with biannual increases.

The German Historical Institute London is seeking to employ, from 1 Jan. 2022, one full-time Research Fellow (postdoc) with a research specialism in early modern British history/the history of the British Empire in the early modern period.

Located in the heart of a diverse and cosmopolitan city, the German Historical Institute London (GHIL) is an academically independent institution and forms part of the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It focuses on researching British – German relations, British history, and colonial history, often from a comparative, transcultural, and global perspective. By co-ordinating international research projects and promoting early-career scholars, the GHIL enhances British–German co-operation in the humanities.


We will expect the successful candidate to undertake independent academic research and to participate in the general activities of the Institute. As part of your application, please submit the outline of an innovative research project suitable for a German postdoc qualification. Links to the Institute’s research profile including Digital Humanities are an advantage (see


We expect you to have an excellent Ph.D. in the field of early modern history, as well as very good knowledge of English and German, and a willingness to pursue a career in the German academic system. Your doctoral thesis must have been submitted before you apply, but assessment and publication may still be pending.

This is a fixed-term position.

The place of employment is London. If you meet the requirements, remuneration will be based on TVöD 13 (salary scale in the German federal collective agreement for public sector employees) plus an appropriate foreign allowance, rent allowance, and family benefits to cover the higher cost of living in London. Alternatively, we offer remuneration based on the local salary scheme of the German Embassy. If necessary, the Institute will also support the successful applicant in obtaining a visa., In principle, the salary is taxable in Germany; the only exception is for British nationals who do not also have German citizenship, who are taxed in the United Kingdom.

If you have any questions about remuneration, the term of the contract, or benefits in connection with your stay in the UK, please contact the administrative director of the GHIL, Sandra Heyn (

The Max Weber Foundation is a family-friendly employer and promotes a good work-life balance for parents. Initial information about living and working conditions for families in London can be found on our website at

We also work towards achieving gender equality among our staff and attempt to compensate for existing imbalances and therefore urge qualified women to apply. In accordance with German 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. We value diversity and therefore welcome all applicants, regardless of nationality, ethnic and social background, religion/worldview, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The application deadline is 15 October 2021. Please compile all your application documents with an outline of your proposed research project (maximum five pages) and the names and email addresses of two referees, along with a declaration of the time spent on your Ph.D. studies and any academic employment as required by the WissZeitVG (please use the questionnaire available on our website at into a single PDF file, and send this by email, quoting the reference number 03/2021, to 

German Historical Institute London, Prof. Christina von Hodenberg. Email:

Interviews are expected to be held on 26 November 2021 either in London or by videoconference.

By submitting your application documents, you accept that your application will be forwarded to the members of an external selection committee as part of the selection process. Applications will be used solely for the purpose of the selection process and will be deleted after the process has been completed in compliance with data protection regulations.

Location: London
Salary: £48,624 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th August 2021
Closes: 15th October 2021
Job Ref: 03/2021
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