Job Opening(s): Doctoral Research Fellows: Concepts and Taxonomies

job opening - 5University of Zurich, URPP Asia and Europe

Research position at the doctoral level in research field 1 Concepts
and Taxonomies

Location: Switzerland

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe of the University of Zurich explores exchanges and encounters between Asia and Europe that have taken and continue to take place in the areas of culture, law, religion and society. It promotes research by junior graduate scholars at both doctoral and post-doctoral levels within a structured and interdisciplinary research environment. The URPP consists of three research fields, i.e. Concepts and Taxonomies, Entangled Histories, and Norms and Social Order(s).

We invite applications for

2-3 research positions at the doctoral level in research field 1 Concepts and Taxonomies

Starting date: 1 September 2013

Applicants should submit an original research project related to this research fields general interests:

The Concepts and Taxonomies group currently focuses on the concepts of philosophy, religion, and law (ius and lex), as well as on the concept of concept itself. We are particularly interested in analyzing textual corpora that have clear historical boundaries, with a view toward the conceptual organization of a respective field, i.e. the demarcation of its various elements, questions of intension and extension, classifications of relevant subject areas and fields of expertise, and also the identification of authoritative institutions. The aim is to specify and clarify the historical semantics of the conceptual field in question.

Candidates are expected to enroll in the URPPs graduate program (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program Asia and Europe), where discussions are conducted in German and/or English. Candidates should therefore have adequate knowledge of German or be ready to acquire the necessary language skills upon notice of election.

Requirements: M.A. or equivalent academic degree qualifying the candidate to submit a PhD thesis in one of the following disciplines: Chinese studies, East Asian art history, Gender studies, general and comparative literature, geography, history, Indian studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, Japanese studies, law, political science, social and cultural anthropology, study of religion, theology.

Employment conditions: 50% PhD-position at the University of Zurich for the duration of three years at most. The salary is according to the Universitys regulations for PhD-students. PhD dissertations are to be submitted at the University of Zurich.

We offer:a stimulating, demanding and competitive disciplinary and interdisciplinary research environment (4 faculties, 14 disciplines).


Applications should be submitted electronically in a single PDF-Document by 15 February 2013 according to the application guidelines published on our website
( Please send them to the following email address:

Contact: Dr. Inge Ammering, URPP Asia and Europe, Executive Manager,
Tel.: +41 44 634 07 38


About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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