Vacancies

The Professorship for Political Science with a Focus on Radicalisation and Violence Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt seeks to fill a

Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

(E13 TV-G-U, 65%-part-time)

as soon as possible and in the framework of the Research Cluster “ConTrust”. The position is temporary and ends on 31 March 2025. The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to Goethe University.

ConTrust is dedicated to the study of the political and social dynamics of trust and conflict in times of uncertainty. It is an interdisciplinary research initiative, funded by the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts, connecting empirical and normative research. Our approach is based on the idea that trust is not opposed to conflict but rather is formed and sustained within and through conflict – under certain conditions to be researched. The directors of the program, located at the Normative Orders Research Centre of Goethe University Frankfurt, are Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff and Prof. Rainer Forst. For more information about the initiative and the working groups as well as participating principal investigators, see https://contrust.uni-frankfurt.de/

The advertised position will be based at Hanna Pfeifer’s professorship within the framework of the working group “Knowledge” of the ContTrust initiative. Research at the professorship concentrates on phenomena of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and (violent) ordering politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

The successful candidate will collaborate with Hanna Pfeifer in a project on knowledge production under changing systems of rule in (post-)conflict settings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Besides developing and implementing this project, the successful candidate is expected to

  • participate in the interdisciplinary work within the working group and the larger research cluster project
  • candidates are also expected to pursue their own doctoral project in conflict studies and can do so under the supervision of Prof. Hanna Pfeifer at Goethe University Frankfurt

Prerequisites for a successful application include

  • an outstanding Master’s degree (or comparable) in political science, international relations, peace and conflict studies, sociology, anthropology or a related field
  • excellent English and very good Arabic language skills
  • experience in academic research contexts

The following documents are required for an application (one PDF document):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • relevant certificates (including a copy of the Master certificate)
  • a five-page outline of the ongoing or planned PhD research project (German or English)

Please send your application (in electronic form, German or English) till 2nd July 2021 to the office of Prof. Dr. Hanna Pfeifer, attn: Ms. Melina Bräutigam, Goethe-Universität, Fachbereich 3, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, m.braeutigam@soz.uni-frankfurt.de. If you have queries regarding the advertised position, please contact Prof. Hanna Pfeifer, pfeifer@soz.uni-frankfurt.de.

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The Research Cluster “ConTrust: Trust in Conflict – Political Life under Conditions of Uncertainty” based at Goethe University Frankfurt is offering 8 positions as

post-doctoral researcher (m/f/d)

(E 13 TV-G-U)

with a duration of three years starting as soon as possible. The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to Goethe University (TV-G-U).

ConTrust is dedicated to the study of the political and social dynamics of trust and conflict in times of uncertainty. It is an interdisciplinary research initiative, funded by the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts, connecting empirical and normative research. Our approach is based on the idea that trust is not opposed to conflict but rather is formed and sustained within and through conflict – under certain conditions to be researched.

The research initiative consists of five interdisciplinary working groups – 1. Democracy, 2. Coercion and Sanctions, 3. Markets, 4. Knowledge, 5. Media – each of which analyzes a politically and socially relevant context of trust and conflict in times of uncertainty and develops its own work program. The directors of the program, located at the Normative Orders Research Centre of Goethe University Frankfurt, are Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff and Prof. Rainer Forst. For more information about the initiative and the working groups as well as participating principal investigators, see https://contrust.uni-frankfurt.de/

We are seeking outstanding and highly qualified international postdoctoral researchers to strengthen the interdisciplinary research initiative. Five positions are located within the research groups, three positions are intended to link and deepen the research context across the groups. All postdocs are expected to contribute to the success and organization of the overall programme. All applicants should have a strong interest in interdisciplinary work.

We offer positions with the following research and disciplinary focus:

  • Working Group 1: Dynamics of trust and mistrust in conflicts within democratic contexts, including institutional settings and social processes (focus on social sciences, law and humanities)
  • Working Group 2: Coercion and trust in the algorithmic surveillance society, with a possible emphasis on its global or transnational aspects (focus on social sciences, law and humanities)
  • Working Group 3: Relationship of conflict and trust in different areas related to the economy (focus on empirical social sciences / quantitative methods; experience with the analysis of large data sets required)
  • Working Group 4: Epistemic trust, trust and knowledge (focus on epistemology, sociology of knowledge, history of science esp.)
  • Working Group 5: Mediated Trust and Formats of Conflict (with a focus on media studies and cultural studies combined with legal perspectives).

General positions:

  1. political trust (focus on political theory with reference to empirical research)
  2. trust in transnational conflicts (focus in peace and conflict studies with reference to social movements and protest)
  3. trust and uncertainty (interdisciplinary focus)

Prerequisites for a successful application for one of the postdoc positions are an outstanding dissertation, proven potential to produce outstanding research and the outline of a relevant research project on the stated topic areas and issues. In your application, please indicate the position (number) to which your application relates.

The following documents are required for an application (in one PDF document):

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. relevant certificates
  3. list of publications
  4. two letters of recommendation
  5. a three-page outline of the research project to be worked on with an indication how the agenda can be extended after the initial three years, ideally with funding through programs such as ERC or Emmy Noether grants

Goethe University supports equal rights for women and strongly encourages all female candidates to apply. Applications from severely disabled candidates given similar qualification will have priority. Goethe University is certified as “family-friendly university”. Employees will be supported in their efforts to combine their professional life with family duties, re-entry after parental leave will be facilitated.

Please send your application (in electronic form) to the office of the Research Centre Normative Orders, attn: Ms. Rebecca Schmidt, Max-Horkheimer-Strasse 2, 60629 Frankfurt am Main, office@normativeorders.net till 8th June 2021.