Job offer: Research fellow

The German Historical Institute (GHI) Warsaw, a research institute of the public-law Max Weber Foundation, is seeking to employ a research fellow as of 1 October 2024.

The research fellow is expected to conduct an independent research project, publish its results, organise academic events, supervise visiting researchers at the institute, and support the institute´s library. The planned research project should be related to the current research areas of the GHI Warsaw, i.e. it should concern issues of Polish and/or East-Central European history in a transnational context. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. More information about the current research programme of the Institute can be found under the “Forschungsprogramm” tab on the institute’s website:

Applicants should have a PhD degree, experience in international academic cooperation, and good language skills (Polish, German, and English). Applicants who do not speak enough Polish are expected to learn the language. They will be offered intensive language training. The announced position is a full-time position, on the basis of a fixed-term contract. If the requirements for secondment are met, we offer a fixed-term appointment for two or three years with the possibility of an extension in accordance with the German Act on Fixed-Term Employment Contract in Academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The salary is equal to German pay group 13 TVöD (the German federal collective agreement for public sector employees), plus expatriation allowance and other social benefits offered in the federal public service. Alternatively, we can offer a fixed-term contract in accordance with Polish labour law and a salary based on the standard of the German Embassy in Warsaw. Place of employment is Warsaw.

The Max Weber Foundation is a family-friendly employer that attaches particular importance to the compatibility of family and career. It implements equality policy guidelines by attempting to equalise existing imbalances when filling vacancies and encourages qualified women to apply. In accordance with the statutory objectives, the Max Weber Foundation favours severely disabled applicants over others and women over men if they have the same qualifications (suitability, aptitude and professional performance). We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications—regardless of nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, age, sexual orientation, and identity.

Applications must be submitted by 2 April 2024 in one PDF file to the GHI Warsaw email address: with the subject line ‘Bewerbung_WissMA’. In addition to the usual documents (CV, list of publications, degree certificates, etc.), a project outline of the planned research work (max. 5 pages, including 0.5 page summary) must be submitted, making clear reference to the profile and projects of the GHI. The selection interviews are expected to take place at the end of April. Questions regarding the application can also be sent to the above email address.


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