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Job Opening: Ph.D. Position

20.11.2014 – 15.01.2015

Doctoral Position in Indology / Buddhist Studies

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Division: Faculty for the Study of Culture
Start date: 1 March 2015
Application deadline: 15 January 2015
Salary: TV‐L 75%
Term of employment: Two years, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year.

This is a part‐time position (30 hours per week).

The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is one of the most renowned and largest universities in Germany.


The discovery of the oldest Buddhist manuscripts – written between the first century BCE and the fourth century CE in the northwest Indian region of Gandhāra – has provided a new basis for our understanding of this formative phase of Buddhism. The project ‘Buddhist Manuscripts from Gandhāra’ prepares editions of the newly discovered textual witnesses and investigates the linguistic, literary and cultural history of Buddhism in Gandhāra. It is supported by the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and is based at the LMU Munich.

You will carry out a research project and write a Ph.D. dissertation that increases our knowledge of Buddhism in Gandhāra or an associated area of early Indian Buddhism. While the specific content of your project will be defined by yourself, you will contribute to the research of the Gandhāra project and work together with its researchers. You will be given opportunities for professional development through participation in the LMU’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies.


 A very good first degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Indology, South Asian art history or archeology, Buddhist Studies, Sinology) is a prerequisite. You will be expected to make an original contribution to knowledge on the basis of primary sources and through scholarly argumentation. We offer individual support and an inspiring environment.

Your workplace is centrally located in Munich and easy to reach by public transport. We offer an interesting and responsible position with good opportunities for professional development. Equally qualified disabled applicants will be preferred. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


You will receive an attractive salary corresponding to 75% of a full‐time position under in accordance with the ‘Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (TV‐L)’ (http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tv-l/west).

Further information


Application address

Please send the following application material by email:

(A) as a PDF file (maximum size 5 MB):

(1) cover letter (statement of purpose)
(2) curriculum vitae
(3) copies of degrees
(4) research proposal (maximum of 5,000 characters including spaces) and bibliography
(5) writing sample (ca. 10–20 pages), e.g. from your M.A. thesis, in the original language
(6) if applicable, list of publications

(B) names, addresses and email addresses of two referees

Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität München
Department für Asienstudien
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie
Prof. Dr. Jens‐Uwe Hartmann
Geschwister‐Scholl‐Platz 1
80539 München
E‐Mail: evelyn.kindermann@lmu.de