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Job: Postdoc und Doctoral researcher positions in ERC research group GLORE at the University of Vienna

The University of Vienna offers 2 two postdoc and four doctoral researcher positions for the newly founded ERC research group GLORE – “Global Resettlement Regimes: Ambivalent Lessons learned from the Postwar (1945-1951)”. Application Deadline: 1 December 2022.


The late 1940s and 1950s brought the construction of resettlement regimes on a global scale. Earlier scholarship on displacement and resettlement has treated post-war experiences in Europe (the aftermath of the Holocaust) and in Asia (for example, in China) as separate domains. This project uses a different approach showing the interconnections between the European and the Asian spheres and furthermore linking them to events in Australia and the Americas.
The project explores the potential of global history with an innovative interface to legal history, by

  • analysing the role of international organizations and experts (more particularly the United Nations system [UNRRA and IRO] in formulating policies that had a global impact)
  • analysing the interactions of this global resettlement regime with policies of state and regional/local actors and experts on a local/national level
  • analysing the movements of refugees across national borders and continents, and the role of communities in reshaping refugee lives
  • focusing on select biographical and intellectual archives and experiences, to emphasize how refugees and the media created connected imaginaries

The research group will use Social GIS methods to locate and map these flows of actors and knowledge, especially through an intensive focus on the International Tracing Service (ITS)/Arolsen archives (https://arolsen-archives.org/en/ ), which have hitherto seldom been analyzed in a global perspective. It will link this empirical corpus with data gleaned from other international, national, and local archives, as well as non-archival sources, such as refugee memoirs and biographies, and representations of refugee resettlement in newspapers and literature.


Post Doc 1: Forced Displacement and Resettlement of Ethnic Germans after 1945 in Europe and Abroad

Post Doc 2: Forced Displacement and Resettlement after 1945 in Asia

PhD 1: Vulnerable groups of Displaced Persons: Unaccompanied Children navigating the DP camps in Europe and the resettlement schemes to get abroad

PhD 2: Vulnerable groups of Displaced Persons: resettling the physically or mentally disabled DPs in Europe and abroad

PhD 3: Hubs of Displacement: Port cities (Shanghai or Hong Kong)

PhD 4: Hubs of Displacement: transit through the Philippines

We hire 4 PhD candidates within the context of ERC research group GLORE – “Global Resettlement Regimes: Ambivalent Lessons learned from the Postwar (1945-1951)”. Starting date of project is 1.2.2023, duration is 3 years. The Research Group has also a digital humanities component and works with social GIS, to map life paths and migrants’ trajectories.

The four PhD projects focus on refugee resettlement regimes and institutional ‘hubs’ of resettlement in Europe and Asia, on strategies of resettlement and on the ways in which DPs took recourse to the available schemes. All four projects, organized in two clusters concentrating on ‘resilience strategies’ as well as on ‘repatriation strategies’, will follow the project’s main research questions and analyse the nature of the transit phase and the factors determining ‘success’ of resettlement, by considering the factors conditioning migration. During the resettlement phase after 1945, refugee lives and survival mechanisms in camps will be studied in detail, as well as their interaction with local authorities, national politics and supranational relief organizations.

We expect a project proposal of 2-4 pages including a project idea, reference to literature and possible sources, as well as a vision on the digital humanities component of such project, together with a letter of motivation (why this project, why Vienna?), CV, pdf of degrees, list of projects and publications (if any).

Your profile:

  • Excellent master degree in history (global history or contemporary history)
  • Research experience in the field of migration history and contemporary history as well as global or transnational history
  • High level of written and oral expression - Knowledge of English
  • Ability to work in a team

The following are also expected

  • Attendance of international conferences and presentation of project
  • Collaboration in the organisation of conferences, planning of focussed events
  • Collaboration in the Social GIS dimension of the project

Documents to be submitted:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Project Proposal, in German or English (please indicate PhD position in which you are interested)
  • Academic curriculum vitae/ CV
  • Contact addresses of possible reviewers
  • a short vision on how to map and visualize migration flows in this project with digital humanities methods/ GIS

For more information about the advertised position, please contact Erika Stiller-Lanz,

Please submit your application by email (pdf of all documents) by 1.12.2022.

The University of Vienna pursues an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches importance to equal opportunities and diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). In particular, it aims to increase the proportion of women in management positions and among academic staff. Women are given priority in the case of equal qualifications.

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