Postdoctoral Position in History of Africa
University of Basel Department of History

Postdoctoral position: History of Africa before 1800

The Department of History of the University of Basel offers a 60% postdoctoral position for "History of Africa before 1800" as of February 1rst, 2022.

Your position

The successful candidate will pursue a second book / "Habilitation" research project, teach courses, contribute to the Department's profile areas "Premodern History" and "History of Africa", and assume responsibilities in academic self-administration.

Your profile

We are looking for a committed and independent scholar with an excellent doctorate on a subject related to African history before 1800. Candidates are conversant with current historiographical developments and have developed strong methodological skills in dealing with different source corpora of African history. We expect applications from independent and proactive researchers who wish to further their careers in a diverse and inspiring university environment.

We offer you

The Department of History consists of around 180 staff members and eight professors, who research and teach in an inter-epochal context with diverse interdisciplinary collaborations and international networks. Many of our activities focus on a common interest in European history in a global perspective. With the Center for African Studies Basel, the successful candidate will be able to affiliate with a widely recognized interdisciplinary network in the field of African Studies.

We offer attractive employment conditions in an intellectually stimulating environment (employment category: POSTDOC 5). The position is initially limited to two years with an option to extend; the maximum employment period is six years.

Application / Contact

Please submit your application including a curriculum vitae in table form, a list of publications, two samples of your writing that are related to the advertised position, and an outline (max. 3 p.) of your current or planned research project by 30 September 2021. Applications are only accepted via the job portal of the University of Basel ( Interviews will take place on 29 October 2021. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Lucas Burkart and/or Prof. Dr. Julia Tischler.


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