The Professorship of Digital History at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg has a vacancy for a


Researcher (m/f/d) with the aim of obtaining a doctorate

(75% of regular working hours, pay group 13 TV-L)


This is a three-year temporary position starting as soon as possible.


The position is advertised as part of the DFG-funded project "The 'invisible carriers' on the Rhine, 1630-1810. The early modern economy seen through the prism of the practices of goods transport" (project leader Prof. Dr. Werner Scheltjens). The project uses machine learning based methods of handwritten text recognition to build an annotated electronic database of the customs registers of Schenkenschans (1630-1810). Based on this database, the project will conduct the first long-term analysis of freight transport practices on the Rhine from the 17th to the early 19th century and contribute to the transnational economic history of the Rhine in the early modern period.


Your area of responsibility and application:

  • Coordinating data collection and processing with automated text recognition methods
  • Independent planning and implementation of historical data analyses
  • Preparation and publication of fundamental research on freight transport practices on the Rhine in the early modern period
  • Collaboration on the project documentation


Your profile:

  • Above-average university degree (MA or comparable) in history (with a focus on social and economic history and/or digital history)
  • Interest in scientific qualification within the framework of the project
  • A proven affinity for qualitative and quantitative social and economic history of the early modern period is desirable
  • Initial experience with the software Transkribus ( is a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of the Dutch language is a plus.


We offer:

  • Collaboration in an innovative research project
  • The opportunity to participate in professional conferences at home and abroad
  • Intensive supervision of the doctoral project
  • An international work environment


More information: /digihist


General information

Severely disabled applicants (m/f/d) will be given preference in the event of essentially equal suitability and qualifications.


The University of Bamberg promotes professional equality for women. Women are expressly encouraged to apply.


The University of Bamberg has been certified as a family-friendly university by the Hertie Foundation. It is particularly committed to the compatibility of family and working life.



Please send your application documents (cover letter, CV, references, writing sample) as a PDF document to digihist(at)


The application deadline is 18.09.2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Werner Scheltjens at 0951/863-2940, e-mail: werner.scheltjens(at)