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Institution Faculty for the Study of Culture - Institute for Cultural Heritage Studies
Remuneration group BesGr A13
Full-time / Part-time Full-time (100%)
Start date 2023-01-01 (later starting dates are negotiable). Contract term: 3 years (with option to extend for other 3 years)
Application deadline 2022-10-30

About us:

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-year-long tradition, LMU covers all areas of knowledge within its 18 Faculties, ranging from the humanities, law, economics, and social sciences, to medicine and life sciences, computer science, and the natural sciences.
The Faculty for the Study of Culture invites applications for a Postdoctoral position starting in January 2023 in the newly established Institute for Digital Cultural Heritage Studies.
The Institute for Digital Cultural Heritage Studies (IDCHS) is unique within the European higher education system as it is a research and teaching unit fully dedicated to spearheading transformative research on the ancient world through technology and digital engagement with the past in ways that address 21st-century societal problems and expand digital scholarship.

We are looking for you:

Postdoctoral Position (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit) - Heritage Knowledge Representation and Semantic Web (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

The Institute for Digital Cultural Heritage Studies seeks a specialist in Heritage Knowledge Representation who will utilize ontologies, mapping, data integration, and data curation to ask and answer questions vital to studying the human experience and improving the understanding, preservation, and sustainable use of heritage data and information. Scholars with an interdisciplinary background whose research is directed towards investigating semantic web technologies and Linked Open Data applications for Cultural Heritage are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Develop interdisciplinary research in Digital Heritage.
  • Participate in the IDCHS’ research projects and publications.
  • Participate in grant writing.
  • Participate in creating the new Master of Digital Cultural Heritage.
  • Teach Bachelor's and Master’s courses (teaching load is five semester hours/week).
  • Manage research assistants and computer laboratories.
  • Perform administrative duties for the IDCHS.

Your qualifications:

Applicants will have a strong publication record that fits the IDCHS’ innovative research agenda. The ideal candidate will have university-level teaching experience, will participate in creating and delivering the new Master of Digital Cultural Heritage to be launched in 2024 and to be taught entirely in English, and will also teach undergraduate courses (e.g., seminars and laboratory courses in English or German) for other existing curricula within and beyond the Faculty for the Study of Culture.  The position involves performing administrative duties for the DKES Institute.  Experience with grant writing is highly desirable.

  • Complete university education and a Ph.D. in Digital Heritage, Information Science, Library Science, Digital Archaeology, and Computer Science with a specialization in knowledge representation and semantic web tools for cultural heritage.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Proficiency in modeling, mapping, integrating, and curating cultural heritage data.
  • Experience with SQL and JSON. 
  • Proficiency in semantic web technologies (e.g., CIDOC-CRM) and Linked Open Data.
  • Interest in (co)-supervising master’s and doctoral students.
  • Grant writing (preferred).


  • The position and salary are based on a temporary public service contract (A13) for three years, provided the legal requirements for public service are fulfilled. Upon positive evaluation, an extension of an additional three years is possible.
  • All the benefits of employment by the Free State of Bavaria.
  • The position offers you the opportunity to pursue a post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation).
  • Training and development opportunities.
  • The workplace is in a central location in Munich, very easy to reach by public transport.
  • A reduced-price ticket for local public transport.
  • Support in relocating to Munich through the LMU Gateway office.

LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please submit your application comprising the documents listed below as a single PDF (up to 15 MB) via email only to, no later than October 30, 2022. For questions regarding the position, you may contact Prof. Nicola Lercari at
Completed applications will include:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Research statement, including descriptions of future research plans.
  4. Teaching statement, including descriptions of teaching interests.
  5. Names and contact information for three academic references.
  6. Proof of academic degrees (e.g., diplomas, unofficial transcripts, etc.).
  7. Up to 5 writing samples or other relevant documents (e.g., published articles, sample syllabi, grant proposals selected for funding, etc.).
  8. Link to a Digital Portfolio (as applicable).

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