Staff Research Fellows / Post-doctoral Research Fellows / Post-doctoral Write-up Fellows / Doctoral Student, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity — LIMITE : 22/04/2014

 The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) wishes to appoint highly qualified candidates for a number of research positions. For all the positions, applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, socio-linguistics 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 (see 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. Further, we are generally interested in enhancing our research agendas on political life and diversity and on social interactions in various social milieus and settings.
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.]
Applications must be submitted electronically through the following portal:
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 for all applications is 22 April 2014. All positions should begin on 1 September 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The positions currently on offer are:

1. 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. PhD required.
Staff researchers pursue their own projects and play a central role in
developing and undertaking larger, team-driven projects within the
Department and Institute, as well as with international collaborators.
Interest and experience in team projects is advantageous.

2. 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.
PhD required.
Post-docs undertake projects largely of their own design, but should be
willing to collaborate and contribute to broader projects and themes
within the Department and Institute, as well as with international

3. 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, we offer a 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.
These fellowships are intended solely for writing-up the PhD thesis into
publications (peer-reviewed journal articles and/or a book). Themes
should relate to the substantive concerns of the department’s research
programme. The write-up fellows are expected to take part in the
academic life of the Department and Institute.
Please note: In addition to other publications, applicants for these
one-year write-up fellowships should also send an electronic copy of
their PhD-thesis or sample chapters. These will be treated confidentially.

4. 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.
PhD projects in any field should be relevant to the Department’s
interests. Ideally, applicants should be in an advanced stage of their
research and applicants should have fulfilled most university
requirements for their doctoral programme.
The Max Planck Institute does not itself have a doctoral programme, nor
does it award PhDs; scholarship holders are given a salary, research
support and other academic funding (but not university fees). PhD
students must be independently enrolled in universities and PhD
programmes (anywhere in the world), and they are responsible for
fulfilling all of the course and administrative requirements of their
respective universities. PhD Student presence at the Max Planck
Institute in Göttingen is required. In their cover letter, applicants
for a doctoral position should provide an indication of the PhD
programme in which they are enrolled, and what degree requirements
remain to be fulfilled.
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The Max Planck Society is mainly funded by German Federal and State
Governments (see  Max Planck Institutes provide outstanding
facilities, academic resources and intellectual environments for the
support of independent research. Max Planck Institutes are not tied to
universities. There are no teaching obligations for staff, but teaching
and other forms of co-operation with universities is possible.
The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women
across the sciences.  Applications from women are therefore particularly
welcome. Following its commitment to equal opportunities employment
policy, the Max Planck Society especially encourages applications from
persons with disability.
For further details about the institute and its research consult the
website ( If you have specific, individual questions,
you may contact Prof. Karen Schönwälder at
Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
/ Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und
multiethnischer Gesellschaften
Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, D-37073 Göttingen, Germany
tel. +49/0 551 4956-0, fax +49/0 551 4956-111,
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