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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Fachbereich Philosophie- und Geisteswissenschaften Exzellenzcluster EXC 2020 Temporal Communities - Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

Research associate at the EXC 2020 Temporal Communities / Doctoral student at the
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies (m/f/d)

with 50% part-time job
limited to 3 years
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU
reference code: EXCTC DOC RA5_DigObs 2024_EN

Working field:

The Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" aims to create a new theoretical and methodological take on literature in a global perspective. Introducing the notion of ‘temporal communities’, the Cluster investigates the ways in which literature reaches out through space and time, establishing complex temporalities and extensive transcultural and transtemporal networks as it interacts with other arts and media. The Cluster’s research is conducted within five Research Areas: 1. Competing Communities, 2. Travelling Matters, 3. Future Perfect, 4. Literary Currencies, 5. Building Digital Communities.
From 1 October 2024, 5 positions for research associates (50% part-time, limited to 3 years, pay group 13 TV-L FU) are available at the Cluster ( The research associates will at the same time be members of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies as doctoral students: They will complete its curriculum and have access to the mentoring and qualification offers. In case of thematic fit, an affiliation with the Graduate School of North American Studies is also possible. Doctoral students will have access to travel, conference, and workshop funds.
The position advertised here will be filled in the research project “Digital Observatory of World Literature” (project lead: Prof. Dr. Frank Fischer) in Research Area 5 “Building Digital Communities” of EXC 2020. The selected candidate will develop and apply digital components for the study of literature. The focus will not be on full-text corpora, but rather on metadata on authors and works as well as reception records aggregated from several digital sources (Wikipedia, Wikidata, DBpedia, Index Translationum, national libraries, etc.). The aim is to create an analytical tool that will enable the exploration of various aspects of world literature as implicitly revealed in the digital ecosystem. The application can be done by means of a case study. For further information on the project, please refer to:

Job description:
  • Conducting a three-year research project in the framework of the project “Digital Observatory of World Literature” in the EXC 2020 “Temporal Communities”; a short synopsis of 1–2 pages outlining possible lines of investigation for the research project must be included with the application.
  • Completion of the curriculum of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies with the aim of obtaining a doctoral degree
  • Participating in regular working meetings and workshops of the Research Area 5 of the Cluster
  • Participating in the organisation and implementation of interdisciplinary, international conferences and workshops and contributing to the resulting publications
  • Contributing to the publication of the project's research results in the »Living Handbook of Temporal Communities«


Completed MA-level university degree (Master, Magister, Diplom) in Literary Studies/Philology, Digital Humanities, Computer Science, Library/Information Science and/or another Humanities subject.

  • Excellent academic track record
  • Practical experience in dealing with data in the field of literary/cultural studies
  • Interest in questions of literary studies in connection with the Semantic Web
  • Proactivity and teamwork skills
  • Pragmatic and goal-oriented approach to work
  • Very good knowledge of German and/or English (one of the two languages at least on level C1 CEFR, the other at least on level B2 CEFR)

For further information, please contact Frau Izabella Goikhman ( / +49 30 838 65648).

How to apply:

Applications are preferably to be submitted via an online portal no later than November 12th, 2023. Instructions regarding the online portal and the required application documents can be found at:

Freie Universität Berlin
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies
EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Frau Izabella Goikhman
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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