The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) invites highly qualified candidates for a number of research positions. For all the positions, applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, sociolinguistics or another relevant social science.
Successful applicants’ research interests, experience and publications should be relevant to themes and topics within the Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity.
Currently the Department is especially looking to expand its work on the following:

  • Urban Diversity: Organizations and institutions (including policy frameworks, implementation and  interactions between local governance actors surrounding the concept of ‘diversity’);
  • Ethnographies of urban super-diversity (including new contexts, emergent dynamics and methodological challenges);
  • Urban theory and diversity (especially how diversification affects city development);
  • New Diversities in Africa
  • Contemporary rural-urban and international migration, social interactions and urban development in various African cities;
  • ‘Old’ meets ‘new’ diversity (the layering of contemporary, migration-driven super-diversity on top of longstanding patterns of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity);
  • Migration and diversification in the growing megacity of Lagos.

Worth of Award
The positions currently on offer are:

  • Up to four Staff Research Fellows ; Initial contracts will be for a period of two years and are renewable for up to five years. Salary is based on the German collective bargaining agreement for civil servants (TVöD), level E 13.
  • Three Post-doctoral Research Fellows : Initial contracts will be for a period of two years and are renewable for up to up to three years. Salary will be based on the German collective bargaining agreement for civil servants (TVöD), level E 13.
  • Two Post-doctoral Write-up Fellows :These positions are for one year and are non-extendable. Based on the guidelines of the Max-Planck Society, monthly stipend of approximately €1,468 (for German nationals) or €2,100 (for foreign nationals). Stipends are not subject to income tax or obligatory social security contributions. Scholars whose PhDs have been submitted by June 1 2014 (and not before June 2011) are eligible to apply.
  • One Doctoral Student : Initial contracts will be for a period of one to two years and are renewable for up to 4 years. Following the standard German model, doctoral salaries will be 50% of TVöD, level E 13.
  • The Max Planck Society is mainly funded by German Federal and State Governments

Eligibility

  • The Institute welcomes applications from researchers with either/both quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience.
  • Very good spoken and written English is required. [The working language of the Institute is English, and publications in English-language academic journals and books are prioritized.]

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted electronically
  • Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, publication (or PhD thesis) samples and the names and contact details of potential referees.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one type of position.

Deadline: application closes on April 22, 2014. All positions should begin on 1 September 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.
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