PhD Positions in Human Development in Landscapes, Germany

Deadline: 15th October 2012
Open to: candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in a field relevant to the multidisciplinary theme
Remuneration: salary at the level of scale TV-L 13 (50%)


The Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at Kiel University, Germany offers a unique research environment at the interface between the Humanities and the Natural and Social Sciences. In its research it addresses the interaction between physical and social landscapes as the most profound process that catalyses human activity in space and time; integrating the interplay of environments, social relationships, material culture, population dynamics, and human perceptions of socio-environmental change of ancient societies and landscapes. The Graduate School has just been granted funding for five more years (until 2017) by the German Excellence Initiative.
Consequently, the school invites 18 doctoral positions.


Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA, MSc or equivalent) in a field relevant to the multidisciplinary theme of “Human Development in Landscapes”. The graduate program is jointly offered by academics of Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Social and Life Sciences. The Graduate School, therefore, fosters the formation of interdisciplinary PhD teams. Innovative research ideas are supported by excellent infrastructure and the university´s graduate centre. Supervision will be provided at an interfaculty level. Candidates are invited to submit proposals for PhD research projects addressing one or more of the following general themes of the Graduate School: “Society and Reflection”, “Social Space and Landscapes”, “Adaptation and Innovation”. The applications should fit to the foci of the Clusters:

Cluster 1: “Society and reflection”

  1. The impact of landscape on the human mind and/or society
  2. The shaping of landscape by the human mind and/or society
  3. The cultural mechanisms and transformations of mental and social reflections on landscape and on human development therein

Cluster 2: “Social Space and Landscape”

  1. Economic and settlement systems: ‘Social space and environment’
  2. Social space in transformation: ‘Increasing complexity’
  3. Social communications and environmental conditions: ‘Social links and changing environments’

Cluster 3: “Adaptation and Innovation”

  1. Subsistence and diet
  2. Framing social landscapes
  3. Manipulating the materiality of objects
  4. Mobility
  5. Understanding past gene-environment interactions in health and diseas

The initial contracts are for two years with the potential to be extended to a third year. The salary will be at the level of TV-L 13 (50%). All position holders can apply for research funds from the Graduate School.


Applications should be in English, including an outline of the proposed PhD research project (maximum 8 pages), curriculum vitae, copies of credentials, proof of English proficiency, and two letters of reference must be submitted not later than 15th October 2012 to the coordinator of the Graduate School, Professor Johannes Müller, as hardcopy and as a single PDF:
Address for applicatons as hardcopy and a single PDF (max. 7MB)
Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller
Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
D-24098 Kiel
Inquiries regarding this call for applications should be addressed to:
PD Dr Mara Weinelt,
Scientific Coordinator, Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”

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