PhD Positions

The Cluster of Excellence is pleased to announce the availability of up to eight PhD positions within the doctoral college (DC) "Entangled Antiquities" at the University of Innsbruck.

These positions are offered part-time (30 hours per week) for three years, starting 1 October 2024.

The CoE EurAsia undertakes comprehensive research on the transformation processes in Eurasia, encompassing the combined landmasses of Europe and Asia and serving as a focal point of scholarly discourse from antiquity to the present (main website). The DC Entangled Antiquities delves into the fascinating and significant interdependencies between Europe, Asia and Africa from around 1500 BC to the present day, which have often influenced geopolitical dynamics. Particular emphasis will be placed on the analysis of hyper-spatial imaginaries, discourses and connectivities that have both connected and divided various imperial entities, ethnic diasporas and foreign communities (Doctoral College Entangled Antiquities).

PhD Research Areas: The doctoral positions are offered in the fields of Ancient History and Near Eastern Sutudies, Classical Archaeology, and Modern German Literature, focusing on research in the following subject areas: 

  • Ancient spatial concepts (mental maps) and imperial borderlands of the Achaemenid-Persian empire
  • The role of religious communities and corporations in transregional networks in the Eurasian worlds of Late Antiquity 
  • The classical ideal and orientalism in the visual politics of Antiquity
  • Two empires - the Habsburg Monarchy and its view of Japan
  • Habsburg border regions - views on Galicia and Bukovina

Application procedure: Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications electronically by 31 May 2024. Applications should be sent to Astrid Rief at

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to our dynamic doctoral programme at the University of Innsbruck.

Further information.

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