Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017, Bielefeld University, Germany

Publish Date: May 02, 2017

Deadline: Jun 11, 2017

The Research Training Group ‘World Politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society’, funded by the German Research Council (DFG), invites applications for

ten doctoral positions and one postdoctoral position

Doctoral/ Postdoctoral position tasks:

  • The main task is to conduct research for a project with a topic connected to the research scope of the RTG
  • Participation in the academic programme of the RTG
  • Participation in obligatory degree programme

We are looking for highly motivated researchers with doctoral and postdoctoral research projects that fit in the Research Training Group (RTG). The RTG invites original proposals from the fields of Political Science/International Relations, History, Sociology, and Legal Studies that contribute to its research programme.

An inter-disciplinary orientation of research projects is encouraged, particularly for the post-doctoral position. The RTG’s working language is English. Successful candidates are expected to complete their doctoral dissertations within three years (five years for the post-doctoral research project). The RTG offers an intensive research environment. In addition to employment, it offers limited support for organizing workshops, conference travel, and research stays abroad. There are also limited opportunities for some post-doc funding after completing the doctoral dissertation within three years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • an academic degree (Master or equivalent) in Political Science, IR, History, Sociology or Legal Studies
  • Postdoctoral position: Applicants should have completed their PhD with a topic connected to the research scope of the Research Training Group.
  • an excellent command of English

Terms of employment

Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 of the Wage Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L). As stipulated in §2 (1) paragraph 1 of the WissZeitVG (fixed-term employment), the contract has a maximum duration of 3 years (doctoral positions) or, as stipulated in §2 (1) paragraph 2, a maximum duration of 5 years (postdoctoral position). In accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases. The employment is designed to encourage further academic qualification. The doctoral positions are advertised as a 65 % part-time job and the postdoctoral position is advertised as full-time job. In principle, this full-time position may be changed into part-time position, as long as this does not conflict with official needs.

Bielefeld University is particularly committed to the career development of its employees. It offers attractive internal and external training and further training programmes. Employees have the opportunity to use a variety of health, counselling, and prevention programmes. Bielefeld University places great importance on a work–family balance for all its employees.

Application Procedure

Further information on the application process can be found at the official website. Applications - in English - must be submitted online by 11 June 2017. Please mark your application with the identification code wiss17016.

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