PostDoc (“Oberassistenz”) Islamic Studies 80 %, University of Zurich — LIMITE: 25/02/2024

The Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (IAOS) – founded in 2013 – is the center of research and teaching on Asia and the Orient at the University of Zurich (UZH). It aims to position itself nationally and internationally as one of the leading institutions in the field. By bringing together the disciplines of Chinese Studies, Indian Studies, Islamic Studies, Japanese Studies, and Gender Studies within one institutional structure, the University of Zurich’s strategic focus on Asian and Oriental studies has become more prominent within the University, the international academic landscape and amongst the general public in Switzerland. With numerous research projects and a variety of programs at BA-, MA- and PhD-level in the aforementioned disciplines, there exists no other institution of comparable focus and scope in Switzerland.
The PostDoc will be working for the Chair of Islamic Studies (Prof. Dr. Rebecca Sauer).


Your responsibilities
As PostDoc at the department you will:

  • develop an independent research project that will eventually lead to a second monograph (“Habilitation”)
  • offer courses at BA and MA levels (2-4 hours/semester) and assist students
  • assist with the organisation of workshops and conferences, as well as fulfil departmental administrative tasks
  • actively participate in research colloquiums and in the broader activities of the Department and the Institute (such as the “Zurich medievalist network”)


Your profile

  • PhD in Islamic Studies or adjacent fields (history, religious studies, anthropology)
  • Excellent knowledge of Arabic required; knowledge of another language relevant to the field (Persian, Ottoman Turkish, Urdu) appreciated
  • Teaching experience
  • Administrative skills
  • Interdisciplinary research agenda focusing on dis/continuities between the pre-modern and the modern world
  • Motivation to further advance on the academic career path according to the standards of the German-speaking university system (“Habilitation”)


What we offer
The position is temporary (two years), with the option to be extended to nine years in total.

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.


Place of work
Rämistrasse 59, Zürich, Switzerland


Start of employment
1 July 2024
Please upload your application (including your CV; a list of publications; relevant certificates; your letter of motivation; names of two referees; research and teaching plan no longer than 2 pages) to the job-portal of the University of Zurich no later than 15 March 2024.


Further information
Prof. Dr. Rebecca Sauer

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Chargé de diffusion scientifique (2024, 14 février). PostDoc (“Oberassistenz”) Islamic Studies 80 %, University of Zurich — LIMITE: 25/02/2024. IISMM. Consulté le 19 avril 2024, à l’adresse

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