W1 Junior Professor with tenure track to W2 LBesG for “Maritime Antiquity”


This professorship is aimed at junior researchers in an early career phase and with extraordinary potential for a further academic career.

The professorship will be filled in a joint appointment procedure with the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum – Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Archäologie (RGZM). In case of a successel transfer to a permanent professorship (Bes.Gr. W 2 LBesG), it is intended that the position holder will be granted a leave of absence to take over a leading position at the Rheinisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz (RGZM; so-called Jülich model).

The aim of the joint appointment is the permanent establishing of the research focus on nautical history and archaeology at both institutions, as well as the institutional connection of the Department III and the research focus area TRANSMARE of the University of Trier with the RGZM.

It is desired that the candidate conducts research in the research fields of ancient seafaring and maritime trade as well as the maritime-influenced ancient economy and society, and that she/he will be involved in the development of digital research methods. The prospective candidate should actively participate in the development of the new research focus Roman Archaeology and Maritime Antiquity (FoRuM), which was jointly founded by the University of Trier, the RGZM and the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (GDKE). In this context the position holder will be involved in the TRANSMARE Institute. She/he will develop targeted research projects within the framework of the aforementioned research organisations and solicit third-party funding. A willingness to cooperate constructively with the Center for Ancient Studies at the University of Trier (ZAT) is a prerequisite.

We are looking for a candidate who will continue the research on nautical archaeology of the RGZM. The participation in the further development of the RGZM’s research and outreach activities will constitute an important field of activity for the successful candidate in both phases of the professorship and not only in connection with the leave of absence to the RGZM and the assumption of a leadership function at the Museum für antike Schifffahrt.

The position holder will contribute to the courses and teaching on offer at the University, in connection with the University’s profile-forming research focus of „maritime economics“.

Thus, young scientists will be trained and introduced to the research units anchored at the University of Trier (TRANSMARE) as well as at the RGZM and in the joint research network