Doktorandenstellen im Bereich Digital History ausgeschrieben

Dem Technikhistoriker Andreas Fickers ist es zuletzt gelungen, an der Universität Luxemburg ein großes Drittmittelprojekt zur Digital History einzuwerben. Dem folgte nun die Ausschreibung von insgesamt 13 Doktorandenstellen. Bei den ausgeschriebenen Stellen lassen sich sicherlich auch digitalhistorische Themen unterbringen, sodass dies eine spannende Möglichkeit sein kann, ein eigenes Promotionsprojekt auf die Beine zu stellen.  Die Deadline ist der 1. September 2016.

Université du Luxembourg / Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), Belval,
Bewerbungsschluss: 01.09.2016

The Historical Institute / Center for Contemporary and Digital History
University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the Fonds
National de la Recherche Luxembourg in the framework of the so-called
PRIDE-program, enabling the creation of a Doctoral Training Unit (DTU)
and opens up to 13 positions for Doctoral candidates (PhD students) in
the field of digital history and hermeneutics (m/f)


– Ref: R-STR-3067-00-B
– Starting date: 15th January 2017
– Duration: 3 year initial contract, further extendable by 1 year if
required, 40 hours/week
– Doctoral student status at Luxembourg University
– Deadline for applications: 1st September 2016


– This DTU aims at creating an experimental trading zone for the
reflection on the epistemological and methodological challenges of doing
digital history / humanities research in an interdisciplinary setting.
All PhD students will have to conduct their research within the
conceptual framework of the DTU. Participation in the collectively
organized skills trainings on digital literacy as well as active
participation in the planning and organization of thematic workshops of
the DTU will be required. For a detailed description of the DTU and the
thematic axes see:

Digital History & Hermeneutics – DTU


– Presentation of research findings at workshops and conferences
– Publication of papers / scientific articles in peer-reviewed
international journals
– Possibility of participating in teaching activities (seminars)

Our Offer

– The University of Luxembourg offers a dynamic environment with a large
number of ongoing scientific activities (English as working language;
additionally, French and German are accepted as literary languages for
the writing of the PhD thesis) and a cutting edge digital research
– Financial support (travel allowances) for participating in scientific
activities (workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc.)
– Attractive salary and employment contract including social insurance
– Enrolment in the doctoral school of the Faculty of Language and
Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) or of the Faculty
of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) with an interesting
offer of various disciplinary or interdisciplinary courses and
transferable skills trainings

Your Profile

– Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in a Humanities discipline (History,
Philosophy, Sociology, Linguistics, Archaeology) or related disciplines
such as Geography; or in Computer Sciences, Data and Information
Science, Human-Computer-Interaction and Psychology. It is possible to
apply if the respective degree is to be obtained soon (details to be
given in the application)
– Good command of written and spoken English
– Dedication to actively participate in the interdisciplinary framework
of the DTU
– Willingness to integrate in the „experimental space“ of the DTU

PhD Advisors and Thematic Axes

– Ass.-Prof. Andrea Binsfeld: ancient history, slave history, roman
– Prof. Pascal Bouvry; computer science, heuristics of search, search
optimization, parallel computing
– Ass.-Prof. Geoffrey Caruso: geovisualisation, spatial data mining,
GIS, urban analysis
– Prof. Andreas Fickers: digital history, historical epistemology,
history of media and technology
– Prof. Peter Gilles: linguistics, corpus linguistics, digital
humanities, Luxembourg studies
– Prof. Frank Hofmann: philosophy, epistemology, theories of cognition,
knowledge and rationality
– Dr. Vincent Koenig: human-computer interaction, cognitive ergonomics
– Ass.-Prof. Benoît Majerus: European history, war studies, medical
history, memory studies, banking history
– Prof. Michel Margue: historiography, memory studies, medieval history,
historical hermeneutics
– Ass.-Prof. Christoph Schommer: data mining, data science, information
retrieval, text mining
– Ass.-Prof. Denis Scuto: contemporary history of Luxembourg, migration
history, historical didactics
– Prof. Leon van der Torre: artificial intelligence, knowledge
representation, deontic/legal reasoning, argumentation, NLP
– Dr. Martin Uhrmacher: urban history, regional history, historical
cartography, medical history

Application Documents

– Letter of motivation containing compulsorily
– an explanation of the motives for participating in the DTU and of
expected learning outcomes and career perspectives
– a sketch of a research project (2 pages max) that fits into at least
one of the thematic axes developed in the DTU proposal and/or addresses
the overall epistemological or methodological questions developed in the
– an argued preference for a main supervisor out of the list of PhD
advisors listed above
– Full CV
– Transcript of academic records and copies of diplomas
– Names of at least two references who are willing to write a letter of
recommendation on the candidate’s behalf (they may be contacted by us)


– 11 of the 13 positions are funded by the Fonds National de la
Recherche Luxembourg in the PRIDE scheme. 2 PhD positions are funded by
the University.
– General questions concerning the structure, intellectual agenda and
organization of the DTU should be addressed to the DTU coordinator Prof.
Andreas Fickers:
– Administrative questions shall be addressed to
– Scientific questions should be addressed directly to the corresponding
potential PhD advisor
– The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer and
applications by women are especially encouraged
– All applications must be submitted online via deadline: 1st of September 2016.
Andreas Fickers

Institute for History University of Luxembourg Faculty of Language and
Literature, Humanities, Arts

Center for Contemporary and Digital History (CCDH)


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