Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) in History

Updated: about 1 month ago

The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) is an interdisciplinary research center in Regensburg, Germany, exploring historical, economic, and political developments in Eastern and South-eastern Europe. In 2017, IOS joined the Leibniz Association, one of the leading associations of research institutions in Germany. IOS closely cooperates with the University of Regensburg. For more information on IOS go to

IOS is now searching for a

Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

(part-time, 65%) in History, starting April 1, 2024

in the newly approved project “Reordering Yugoslavia, Rethinking Europe: A Transregional History of the Yugoslav Wars and the Post-Cold War Order (1991–1995)”. The project will be funded by the Leibniz Association. IOS is one of the project partners, together with the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin (coordinator), and the Chair of Southeast European History at Humboldt University Berlin.

Remuneration is based on the German TV-L public pay scale (up to TVL E13), 65% part-time. The appointment is for 36 months.

The doctoral researcher will specifically do research on the sub-project carried out by IOS on “Making Its Way toward Europe by Distancing Itself from the Balkans? Czechoslovakia, Its Successor States, and the Yugoslav Wars”. This sub-project explores Czechoslovak, and Czech and Slovak respectively, perceptions of the Yugoslav crisis and wars, and the impact of these perceptions on political debates about the development and eventual dissolution of Czechoslovakia and the route of the Czech Republic and Slovakia into the EU. In its analysis, the project addresses political actors and media discourses. For more details on the overall project and the IOS work package, please go to . The successful candidate will pursue a PhD project on the themes of the IOS work package.

Your tasks:

  • Conducting original research in the framework of the project
  • Finishing a dissertation manuscript
  • Contributing to the project’s dissemination and communication activities
  • Publication of academic articles
  • Presentation of the research to academic and non-academic audiences
  • Data collection and processing
  • Participation in joint project activities, such as workshops

We expect from you:

  • An excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in history or a cognate discipline
  • Experience of empirical research, ideally in the field of East Central European History
  • Knowledge of Czech and Slovak, proficiency in English; preferable also knowledge of German
  • Interest in multidisciplinary cooperation
  • Good communications skills, flexibility, reliability, team spirit

We can offer work at a leading academic institution with an international and interdisciplinary team. IOS will facilitate the enrolment in the PhD program of the University of Regensburg. We provide support for doctoral training, including transferable skills, German language classes and networking.

Application documents:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • If applicable, list of publications and talks
  • Copies of university certificates (transcript of records)
  • Abstract or summary of your master thesis
  • Name of two references

Please submit your application online via the IOS application portal at and upload your application documents. Documents must be in pdf format. Applications via email will not be accepted.

Interested candidates may contact Prof. Ulf Brunnbauer (brunnbauer(at) ) for more information.

Deadline for applications: January 15, 2024.

IOS Regensburg is an equal opportunity employer. The IOS strives for a balanced gender ratio in all employment groups. We are committed to promoting women and encourage them to apply. The Institute is also committed to improving the balance between work and family life

IOS, together with the University of Regensburg, provides an attractive academic environment. Regensburg belongs to the worldwide leading centres of research on Southeastern Europe. The city of Regensburg is a charming town in southern Germany (Bavaria), registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

All personal data submitted will be deleted no later than six months after the end of the selection process.

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