Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology 2 Postdoctoral Positions 2018, Germany

Publish Date: Sep 04, 2017

Deadline: Oct 31, 2017

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology 2 Postdoctoral Positions

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality. 
The Research Group “How ‘Terrorists’ Learn” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, led by Dr. Carolin Görzig, is offering
Currently, the research group investigates learning processes in the context of terrorism and addresses questions such as for example what and how terrorist groups learn from allies and competitors, how they learn from failures and successes or how they change their tactics and strategies when faced with counterterrorism.
In 2018 the research group shall take a next step and widen its agenda to include current challenges like radicalisation prevention in the context of integration and migration. Thereby, the group shall be composed of an interdisciplinary team of anthropologists and political scientists. For this purpose we are looking for two anthropologists who tackle topics for example like integration/migration and radicalisation (prevention); right-wing extremism and radicalisation, flight causes and terror experienced by refugees, integration and processes of learning, state and non-state terror. While this list is not exhaustive, applicants are encouraged to build clear connections to the group project in their applications.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The postdocs will conduct research and field work. Additionally, the postdocs will build and maintain close contacts with the academic community in Europe and beyond.
We are looking for research proposals that will generate data that can be used for comparison. The applicants will be expected to share their data with other members of the team for joint analysis and publication.

Your Profile

Good field research skills, the ability to work in a team, and a good command of written and spoken English are required. Postdoctoral applicants should be in possession of a Ph.D. in social sciences (especially anthropology) or submit evidence indicating that the dissertation will be finished and submitted before the designated starting date.
German language expertise is not required but learning German is encouraged.

Our Offer

The Postdoctoral positions (TVöD E13) are offered until the end of the project (31.12.2020). The TVöD positions are open to scientists who have completed their doctorate.
The workplace is Halle/Saale (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany), except when undertaking field research.
The Max Planck Society strives to employ more persons with disabilities and explicitly encourages applications. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to raising the proportion of women in underrepresented fields; we thus explicitly encourage applications by women.


Please submit your application electronically by 31 October 2017 following the link for vacancies on our homepage.
Applicants should send the following documentation:
• cover letter
• CV, including list of publications
• writing sample (chapter or article length)
• 1-2 page summary of Ph.D. thesis (as applicable)
• 2-4 page proposal (this will form a basis for discussion if the applicant is short-listed. It is anticipated that each individual study will undergo some modification to optimise the coherence of the project as a whole).
• photocopies of university degrees
• names and contact details of 2 referees
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Nadine Wagenbrett
Informal enquiries concerning the positions may be directed to Carolin Görzig (
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