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.

As part of the Digital Provenance and Collection Research Science Space (Wissenschaftsraum-Initiative), which is funded by the state of Lower Saxony and the Volkswagen Foundation with around 3 million euros at several locations, 10 research associate positions will be advertised over the funding period of a total of 4 years.

The University is looking for a responsible, motivated and committed person for the Lichtenberg Professorship for Provenance Studies (Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother) of the School of Culture and Society as soon as possible.

Research Associate (m/f/d)

(salary group EG 13 TV-L, 100%, limited until 31.10.2028)

The position is one of two positions in the sub-project PAESE 3.0 (the second position, with a duration of 3 years, is to be filled on November 1, 2025). The research focus of the sub-project is object and provenance data generated as part of the joint project Provenance Research in Non-European Collections and Ethnology in Lower Saxony (PAESE) 2018-2022, which has since been supplemented by data from other researched collections from institutions in Lower Saxony. The goal of the project is to develop the data further with regard to its possible uses for potential users, research questions, existing data infrastructures, and repositories, such as the CCC portal (Collections from Colonial Contexts) of the German Digital Library.

The sub-project is headed by Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother, Lichtenberg Professor of Provenance Studies and Director of the Provenance Lab at Leuphana University Lüneburg, and Dr. Claudia Andratschke, Coordinator of the Provenance Research Network in Lower Saxony, provenance researcher and Head of the Collections and Research Department at the Landesmuseum Hannover.

Within the Science Space, the further development of the PAESE data is being carried out, in particular, in cooperation with the Professorship of Computer Science with a focus on data analysis at the Jade University of Applied Sciences Oldenburg (Prof. Dr. Sascha Koch) and the Professorship of Cartography and Geoinformatics at the Leibniz University of Hanover (Prof. Dr. Monika Sester).

Your tasks:

  • Scientific coordination of the sub-project (in consultation with the sub-project leaders and in cooperation with the 2nd position from 2025)
  • Coordination and collaboration with partners within and outside the Science Space
  • Creating a requirement analysis for the further development of the PAESE data (needs of the scientific community, communities of origin and, if applicable, other potential users)
  • Enrichment and contextualization of PAESE data (from 2025 in cooperation with the 2nd office from 2025)
  • Coordination and management of student assistants
  • Project-related public outreach, for example through presentations at specialist conferences and the writing of scientific and science policy texts, including best practice guidelines, etc.
  • Planning and realization of project workshops
  • Networking with initiatives on collection items from colonial contexts at the national and international level (e.g. Colonial Provenances Working Group and  Digitization Working Group of the Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung, Network Colonial Contexts, NFDI4Culture, etc.)
  • Preparation of schedules, budgets, reports, etc. for the sub-project and in coordination with the partners

Your profile:

  • Ph.D. (completed) in history, anthropology/ethnology, art history, sociology, computer science, library science, data science or other fields relevant to digital humanities research
  • Track record working with collections from colonial contexts
  • Experience in the field of cultural heritage informatics
  • Familiarity with metadata standards, such as CIDOC-CRM and authority files
  • Openness to transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Independent and responsible work ethic
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Knowledge of French and other languages desirable

Our offer:

  • Transdisciplinary & cooperative project work with an international focus
  • Ambitious range of tasks in an open-minded team with the opportunity to contribute and realize your own ideas and visions
  • an inspiring working environment as part of the university community of researchers, teachers, 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 Wilschenbruch nature reserve,
  • a high level of job security as part of the public service,
  • an additional company pension scheme 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 opportunities to alternate between presence work and mobile work,
  • an extensive internal and external continuing education programme,
  • a wide range of sporting activities sponsored by the university, which employees can take part in for one hour per week during working hours to promote their health,
  • a university-sponsored catering service for lunch and dinner in the refectory,
  • a Germany ticket sponsored by the university as a job ticket
  • The position is basically suitable for part-time work, but the aim is to fill it 100 per cent.

Your application:

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Rother, Lichtenberg-Professor for Provenance Studies () or Dr. Claudia Andratschke at .

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. Please send it with all the usual documents ((cover letter, CV, list of publications, a writing sample, e.g. an article or a PhD chapter, certificates and exam grades, please without photo)  by 21.07.2024 digitally (summarized in a PDF file) or by post to:

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11. Juli 2024