Funding/May 27, 2015

2 PhD Positions, Agrarian Labour and Political Orders under Stress, Tübingen

Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Collaborative Research Center («Sonderforschungsbereich») 923 «Threatened Order – Societies under Stress», Sub-Project E02 «Agrarian Labour and Political Orders under Stress, 300–900 CE» invites applications for 2 PhD Positions starting on 1 July 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Both positions are tenable for four years and will expire on 30 June 2019. They will be remunerated according to the German civil service salary scale (TV-L 13, 65 % = ca. 28.000 € minimum annual salary, supplements depending on previous work experience).

Each of the two holders of the post will write a doctoral dissertation, supervised by Prof. Mischa Meier and Prof. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner. The dissertations will explore the economic foundations of élite power in the Later Roman Empire. More specifically, they will look at the legal mechanisms, social practices and political decisions through which property-owners responded to the broader social and economic transformations of their times and resulting threats to their pre-eminence. One case study deals with the late fourth century, the other with the Justinianic period. The holders of the post will be asked to organize a conference on the theme of sub-project E02. They are also expected to participate at workshops and colloquia hosted by the Collaborative Research Center. For further questions, and in order to obtain a detailed outline of the sub-project, please contact the project leaders by email.

Applicants should have an outstanding Master's Degree and knowledge of Greek and Latin. In the course of the project, they are expected to acquire an ability to read German, French and Italian scholarly literature and specialist skills in economic, monetary and legal history. A joint degree with another university is possible.

In case of equal qualification and experience physically challenged applicants are given preference. The University of Tuebingen aims at increasing the share of women in research and teaching; female scholars are thus especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline is 15 June 2015. Please send your applications (including CV, degree certificates, confirmation of Latin and Greek language skills and writing samples in a single pdf-file) and two letters of reference by email to

Prof. Mischa Meier and Prof. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Seminar für Alte Geschichte
Wilhelmstrasse 36
D-72074 Tuebingen and

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