The Institute of Art History at the Faculty of History is looking for a 

research associate (m,f,x) until 31.08.2028, 25,8895 hours per week, TVL E13

Applications are welcomed for a PhD position to become part of the research team of the Emmy Noether group “Spaces of visualisation – topographies of knowledge. Early modern anatomical theatres between art, nature and science” at RUB. The project is led by Jun.-Prof. Christine Beese at the Department of Art History and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The research project examines the role of anatomical theatres as built spaces in the formation of science as an independent realm and in the implementation of epistemological shifts in the early modern period. As spaces that crossed the borders between art, technology and science, and between sensual experience and rational examination, anatomical theatres are designed to reflect the negotiation and formation of scientific beliefs. As a building type that was established across various nations, they are particularly suitable for analysing the role of architecture in the visualization and implementation of science as a tangible entity with specific patterns of form, action and interpretation. With the aim of creating a transnational and entangled history that questions narratives based on “central“ and “peripheral“ places in science, the project focuses on around twenty well-known and lesser-known anatomical theatres in Europe and Latin America. It emphasizes the local impact of the buildings and examines their material presence as a decisive factor in the formation and implementation of specific images of humanity and society, as well as in a European concept of science as a universal model for explaining and ordering the world.

The candidate will carry out the architectural-historical study of anatomical theaters built in Iberia and Ibero-America between the 16th and the 19th century.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.09.2024
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  • The task of the doctoral student will be to write eight case studies documenting the state of research, the history of construction and the historical context of Ibero-American anatomical theatres. These case studies will be successively published online and serve as a working basis for all project members.
  • In the first two years, the candidate will undertake two extensive archive and sightseeing trips to Iberia and Ibero-American. In the third and fourth years, the candidate will present preliminary results at conferences and write up the doctoral thesis. The candidate is expected to write a PhD thesis in the wider field of the research position.
  • The candidate is required to collaborate with all group members, to attend regular meetings and to co-organize conferences and research meetings.

Your profile:

  • Master degree
  • Preference will be given to graduates of the history of art or architecture with a proven background in the architectural history/visual culture of Iberia and Ibero-America as well as some experience of working with archival sources.
  • Very good language skills in German, Spanish/Portuguese and English are required.

Our offerings:

  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • Extensive training and further education opportunities
  • a job in the centre of the lively Ruhr metropolitan region with its diverse cultural offerings

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:, Phone: +49234 32 22646

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

ANR: 3276 until 10.06.2024
Applications can be made in either English or German. The following material should be sent in a single PDF document:

1) A two-page letter of motivation. This letter should detail what skills and prior experience qualify you for the position. Outline a possible doctoral project within the general topic of the research position.
2) A CV.
3) A writing sample (for example an article or a comprehensive chapter of your MA thesis)
4) The name, email address and telephone number of at least two referees (do not send recommendation letters).
5) The certificate of your Masters degree.

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