Research Associate: Scholarly Biography of Arthur Schnitzler

Research Associate

Scholarly Biography of Arthur Schnitzler

University of Cambridge

Department of German and Dutch, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Salary: £28,695 – £37,394 pa

Start Date: 1 January 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Tenure: 51 months – ending on 31 March 2019

Vacancy Reference: GL04761

Closing Date: 12:00 midnight (GMT) on Thursday 4 December 2014

Interview date: Thursday 18 December 2014.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate to work on a new scholarly biography, in print and digital form, of Arthur Schnitzler. The post is jointly supported by the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the University of Cambridge (Schröder Fund). The Research Associate will be employed by the University of Cambridge and based at the Department of German and Dutch (in the city of Cambridge), while also a member of the team of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie in Vienna. The appointee will be jointly mentored by Professor Andrew Webber of the Department of German and Dutch and Professor Wilhelm Hemecker, Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut. The vacancy has been created against the context of a set of edition projects on the works of Schnitzler, one of which – an AHRC-funded project to produce a Digital Critical Edition of Middle-Period Works – is led by Professor Webber. The biography will also contribute to the current focus of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut on the Junges Wien group.

The project

Schnitzler’s papers were saved from likely confiscation and destruction in Vienna in 1938 and brought to Cambridge, where the larger part of them is now held in the University Library (with other holdings in the DLA at Marbach and elsewhere). The archive includes earlier versions of many published works, as well as letters and other forms of life writing. The aim of this project is to provide a new account of the life’s work of this leading Modernist writer, as embedded in the cultural and intellectual historical context of the times in which he lived. It is intended that the project will take into account the discoveries that are emerging from the archive through the edition work.

The role of the Research Associate 

Working in close conjunction with other team members in Vienna and Cambridge, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake research in to the life, works and cultural context of Arthur Schnitzler, leading to the publication of a monograph (in German, in the first instance) and of a set of bilingual digital resources. The appointee will also present research findings at conferences and other events and organize exhibitions in Vienna and Cambridge to mark the completion of the project.


Candidates will normally be expected to have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment. Essential skills include: native or near-native command of German and fluency in English; an ability to work with primary archival sources and with relevant secondary material; a record of publication; strong IT skills (with a willingness to develop these further); and good communication and organizational skills, with the ability to work as part of a team. Experience of event organization and public engagement would be an advantage, as would some paleographic knowledge.

The Research Associate will be based in a thriving research community in German Studies at Cambridge, with opportunities to participate in German and cross-disciplinary seminars throughout the University and, in particular, the activities of the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network. There will also be opportunities to contribute to teaching and examining within the Department.

Salary for this post will be in the range of £28,695 to £37,394 per annum. The appointment will run from 1 January 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter), with an end date of 31 March 2019, and is subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period of six months.

Further information on the post and the knowledge, skills and experience required can be found at:

To Apply

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below (see link below). This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants must provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work in the relevant field whom we can contact for a reference once the vacancy has closed.

In order for your application to be considered, please upload a covering letter (addressed to The Secretary of the Appointments Committee), a detailed curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if not included in your CV) and ONE chapter- or article-length sample of your recent scholarly writing (which could be work in progress or a PhD chapter). The vacancy closes at 12:00 midnight (GMT) on 4 December 2014.

You are welcome to seek further information by contacting Professor Andrew Webber ( For questions on procedure, please contact the Personnel Administrator, Adam Cooley, on or 01223 760810.

Vacancy Reference: GL04761

Closing Date: 12:00 midnight (BST) on Thursday 4 December 2014

Interview date: Thursday 18 December 2014.

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