Research fellows at the postdoctoral level

Job Code: SCD20211105

Job Offer from November 05, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of diversity in historical and modern societies, especially with regard to ethnic, religious, political, and legal processes and dynamics. This work includes basic empirical research, with the goal of advancing theoretical concepts.

The Department of Sociocultural Diversity is seeking to appoint

Research fellows (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen) at the postdoctoral level

The starting date should be 1 June 2022. Successful applicants will pursue own research interests and cooperate with team members on projects relating to

In line with the departmental focus, projects should relate to European or African contexts.

Applicants should have a degree and a PhD in sociology, political science, anthropology, geography, or with a related interdisciplinary profile. Their research experience and publications should be relevant to the research areas of the department.
Applicants need to have submitted their PhD-thesis by 1 February 2022. Good spoken and written English is required. The working language of the Institute is English. Regular presence at the Institute is required. Researchers need to reside within commuter distance of Göttingen.

Position details:
Contracts will be for a full-time position and for a period of three years. Salary is based on the German collective agreement for civil servants (TVöD), level E 13.

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, as are applications from people of diverse gender or sexual orientations. Following its commitment to equal opportunities employment policies, the Max Planck Society especially encourages applications from persons with a disability. Persons of any nationality can apply.

Applications should include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s career trajectory and interests, CV including list of publications, a short outline of your research interests relating to themes listed above (max. 500 words), and the names and contact details of three potential referees.

Deadline for all applications is 31 December 2021. We are planning to interview the week of 14 February 2022.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the following portal:
For further details about the institute consult the website ( If you have specific questions, please contact Prof. Dr. K. Schönwälder ().

Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften,
Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, D-37073 Göttingen, Germany


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