The Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology (Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main) is offering a position of a research assistant from 1 March 2021 for three years (E 13 TV-H, 65 %). This position can act as a PhD scholarship.
Contribution to the German Research Council (DFG)-funded research project “The German Ethnographic Expeditions to the Kimberley, Northwest Australia. A Collaborative Assessment of Research History, the Interpretation of Australian Aboriginal Heritage and Digital Repatriation”, which is jointly administered by the Frobenius Institute and the University of Western Australia (Centre for Rock Art Research + Management).
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Essential skills, qualifications, and experience:
We are looking for a highly motivated researcher, who is interested in empirical research in the Kimberley, Northwest Australia, and in German archives. The position requires a master’s level degree in social or cultural anthropology or another relevant subject (or comparable qualification).
The successful applicant must be bi-lingual (German/English) with an academic level proficiency in both languages. A further requirement is prior experience with ethnographic fieldwork and awareness of ethical issues of anthropological knowledge production as well as solid knowledge of current debates in social anthropology (esp. related to ethnographic collections). A requirement is furthermore good health and the preparedness to travel, and to spend extended periods of time overseas.
Desirable skills, qualifications, and experience:
For the advertised position, it would be desirable to have a background in Australian Aboriginal social anthropology and/or archaeology (rock art studies), data management skills, a familiarity with common MS Office programs and data management software, and experience in working with archives and archival materials.
Please submit the usual application documents together with a PhD project description outline (2 pages max) that consider the research areas outlined above. Please supply two letters of recommendation from referees who can comment on your current qualifications, skills, and experiences. Applications must be sent via email as one file and in pdf format to Dr Richard Kuba: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on 31 December 2020. Comment