CFA: Vacancy (Post Doc): Between Famine and Genocide: Environmental Violence and Resource Conflict in Eastern Africa, University of Hamburg (Deadline: March 15, 2015)

CFA: Vacancy (Post Doc): Between Famine and Genocide: Environmental Violence and Resource Conflict in Eastern Africa, University of Hamburg
Deadline: March 15, 2015

Faculty of Humanities/CliSAP
Department of History

The University of Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project „CliSAP – Between Famine and Genocide. Environmental Violence and Resource Conflicts in Estern Africa“ ” in accordance with § 28 (3) of Hamburg’s Higher Education Act (HmbHG)*.
The position commences on May 1st, 2015.
It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 14 and calls for 39 hours per week.
The short-term nature of this contract is based upon § 2 of the Academic Short-Term Labor Contract Act (WissZeitVG). The term is fixed to August 30th, 2017.
The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with Hamburg’s Higher Education Act (HmbHG).

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Area(s) of Responsibility:
Independent research on the relationship between environmental issues (including climate change and resource scarcity) and violence in Eastern Africa. An interdisciplinary approach related to Genocide Studies, environmental and climate history and the history of Eastern Af-rica is desirable. Studies drawing on historical examples from the region (including local case studies) are welcome as are studies aiming at prediction and prevention. A special emphasis on famine is encouraged.
In addition to independent research it is expected to contribute to the research focus on environmental violence (Prof. Jürgen Zimmerer; Chair of African History). This will include organizing workshops and guest lectures, writing research briefings and assist with publications.

A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate.
Academic degree in related to the research project, Ph.D. in relevant area, Knowledge of methods and theories relating to History (particularly the history of Eastern Africa), Genocide Studies, environmental and climate research. Excellent language skills in English and German. Knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

* Hamburg Higher Education Act

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.
For further information, please contact Prof. Jürgen Zimmerer, or consult our website at; .
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). The application deadline is March 15th, 2015. Please send applications to: Candidates shall include an application letter, degree certificates, an excerpt of the Ph.D. thesis, a project outline (max 10 pages) and the addresses of two potential referees, combined in a single PDF.