Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. Thanks to its location in the Rhine-Main science region, the university can unfold to its full potential and showcase its innovative power and dynamism. Its status as a comprehensive university allows for multidisciplinary learning and teaching and has great potential for internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research. The Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies is located in Germersheim, not far from the cities of Mannheim and Karlsruhe.

Faculty 06 of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies / Subfaculty of Russian Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Academic staff member (doctoral candidate)

part-time (50 %)

The Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germersheim campus) is inviting applications for a three-year funded (50% time) position during which the candidate will work on her/his doctoral dissertation. The position is associated with the Chair of Multilingual and Transnational Post-Soviet Studies.

We are looking for an academic staff member / PhD candidate interested in doing doctoral research in one of the following fields, with a (not necessarily exclusive) focus on the Soviet Union and/or its predecessor or successor states and the ability to work with sources in at least one language other than Russian:

  • linguistic diversity and language policies
  • memory studies
  • visual studies
  • cultural sociology
  • cultural history

Your tasks:

  • The position is intended for candidates wishing to work on a doctoral dissertation; the tasks assigned will be those conducive to preparing a doctorate;
  • The successful candidate will be working independently on a doctoral project within the broad area of multilingual and transcultural studies, with a (not necessarily exclusive) geographical focus on the Soviet, pre-Soviet, and/or post-Soviet space, under the supervision of Professor Mischa Gabowitsch;
  • Independent research and presentation of research results at conferences and workshops;
  • Organizational activities (participation in organizing conferences and workshops, preparing funding applications for research projects, etc.)
  • Teaching (2 semester hours, i.e. 90 contact minutes per week)

Your profile:

In addition to the general requirements according to public services law, applicants must meet the recruitment requirements stipulated in § 57 of the Hochschulgesetz of Rhineland-Palatinate. She/he must

  • hold an academic degree qualifying the candidate to enrol in a doctoral program (master's degree or equivalent, completed by August 2024 at the latest);
  • be prepared and able to contribute to the faculty's program of research and teaching in a spirit of intellectual autonomy and teamwork
  • have excellent knowledge of English (excellent knowledge of German is desirable but not required
  • have excellent knowledge of a language spoken in the post-Soviet region other than Russian (excellent knowledge of Russian is desirable but not required)

What we have to offer:

  • an opportunity to work on and defend your doctoral dissertation
  • a stimulating international, multilingual, and interdisciplinary working environment
  • a collegial atmosphere in a team dedicated to excellent research and teaching
  • opportunities for improving your skills in a variety of languages
  • job ticket for public transportation, optionally for the entire Rhine-Main area
  • extensive human resources development offer
  • flexible working time arrangements


The position is paid according to EG 13 TV-L and to be filled starting on 1 September 2024 for a period of three years.

The position serves the purpose of academic qualification (doctorate).


JGU is diverse and welcomes qualified applications from people with varied backgrounds.


We aim to increase the number of women in the field of research and teaching and therefore encourage female researchers to apply.


Candidates with severe disabilities and appropriate qualifications will be given priority.


Are you ready for a new challenge and interested in this varied and responsible position? Then submit your complete application in English or German (cover letter, dissertation project [up to 5 pages excluding bibliography], CV, copies of your high school and university diplomas, until 7 May 2024 preferably via the „Apply now“ button.


For questions and further information please contact Mischa Gabowitsch by e-mail:


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