Etiket: Postdoctoral Fellow

ONE YEAR POSTDOCTORAL SOLIDARITY FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCHERS AT RISK / ALL DISCIPLINES

Application deadline: 30 April 2021

Start date: September 2021

Job Description

The Université libre de Bruxelles has created a Solidarity Fund in order to provide support for researchers who no longer have the freedom to pursue their research in their home country, where they are threatened due to the content of their scientific work or to the opinions they have freely expressed.

The Solidarity Fund provides postdoctoral fellowships enabling threatened academics to continue their work at ULB in a climate of academic freedom.

The solidarity fellowship consists in a one-year (12 months) postdoctoral position, amounting to 42,000 euros gross (approximately 29,000 euros net), plus a discretionary relocation allowance of 2,500 euros net (payable to researchers resident in another country, after their move to Belgium).

The recipients will carry out research in a ULB research centre, supervised by a member of the University’s academic staff. They may, if they so wish, take part in teaching activities or any other scientific activities organised on campus. 

Qualifications 

PhD 

Eligibility Requirements

  • hold a PhD and occupy (or have occupied) a research position in a university in the home country;
  • not have been established for more than 8 years in another country than the country in which the researcher is at risk
  • not have obtained their PhD more than 8 years before the fellowship start date;
  • be currently at risk in their home country due to the content of their work or to the ideas they have openly expressed;
  • not have resided or carried out their main activity in Belgium (work, studies etc.) for more than 24 months during the 36 months immediately preceding the fellowship start date (mobility rule);
  • be able to stay in Belgium for a full time at ULB;
  • have a good knowledge of written and spoken English and/or French (minimum B2) ; 
  • at the end of the first year of the grant, current beneficiaries may apply a second time upon favorable advice from the promoter.

Selection requirements

·       The scientific quality of the candidate and of the research project 
·       The dangerous situation to which the candidate is exposed  
·       The capacity for integration

Interested ?

Applications must be submitted by 30 April 2021. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXGlKlG42V6GLAgMq_qKihfj9JXJWFi652CiofkMDZNF7cYA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Applicants must submit the completed online application form

and send the following documents by email to solidarityfund@ulb.be

  • a confidential application letter describing the researcher’s situation (the letter must clearly mention the applicant’s administrative situation, whether he/she has a valid passport, whether it is possible for him/her to travel and his/her current location);
  • the applicant’s CV, including a list of publications;
  • a description (approximately 4 pages) of the research project that the applicant will work on at ULB;
  • a copy of the applicant’s PhD diploma;
  • a copy of the applicant’s passport;
  • the form below, completed by the member of ULB academic staff who would supervise their research;
  • two reference letters from scientists working in the same field, including, if possible, one from their PhD supervisor.
  • any other document deemed useful to support the application and supporting the risk situation will be useful.

It is required to carry out your research under the supervision of an ULB’s academic member whom you should contact before submitting your application.  

You will find the list of academics on the following page : http://cvchercheurs.ulb.ac.be/Site/repertoireUK.php

Only complete applications, that include all the items listed above, can be taken into consideration.

Calendar

30 April  – deadline for submission of applications

May – selection committee meeting

June  – notification by the selection committee

September – fellowship start date.

Should the applicant be offered another position before the results of the ULB call for applications are communicated, he/she will inform ULB immediately, by sending an email to solidarityfund@ulb.be

All documents will be handled with the utmost confidentiality by the selection committee.

For further information, please contact solidarityfund@ulb.be

Assessment of the application – Solidarity Fund– Call 2021

Form to be completed by the ULB’s supervisor and sent to solidarityfund@ulb.be

By the 30th of April 2021, mentioning the candidate’s name in the subject of the message. 

Surname, First Name of the candidate:  

Surname, First Name of the ULB’s supervisor:

Interest of the candidate’s research project for the ULB’s research team and articulation of the project with the other projects in progress in the research team. 

Reception arrangements and integration within the Research Centre. (Provision of an office, members’ availabilities of the research centre, association/involvement of the candidate with/in research centre activities…)

Assessment of the candidate’s motivation and language skills (French and/or English) following a Skype interview. 

Please indicate here any other information you consider relevant for the assessment

___________________________________________________________________________________________

For more information, please contact solidarityfund@ulb.be

EURAXESS INFORMATION


Main Research Field : ALL

Required educational level : Phd level in all Degree Fields 

Required Languages :

French : Good or English : Good

Required Research Experience : (all fields) : (1-4 years)

Career Stage : R1 First stage researcher & R2 Recognized researcher

Additional information

Minimum B2 level in French or English is required.

Call for applications Postdoctoral researcher vacancy Netlab – Internet Studies and Social Media Lab School of Communication, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, Brazil

*Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship *
*on Misinformation and Disinformation Campaigns at Netlab/UFRJ*

*Our Project*
Netlab is a research laboratory on Internet Studies and Social Media at 
the School of Communication (ECO), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 
(UFRJ) – Brazil, specialized in Online Disinformation Campaigns. We 
combine traditional social science methods and computational 
communication approaches. We understand that research into computational 
communication requires seamless integration of meaningful theoretical 
questions and background, powerful statistical tools and efficient 
computing algorithms. Researchers in our lab are working to unravel the 
intricate mechanisms behind burgeoning computational communication 
phenomena by collecting and analyzing online data on an unprecedented 
scale, bringing new life to old ideas, and new ideas to social life.

*Main Research Topics*
Netlab is seeking to appoint Post-doctoral Research Fellows to work on 
the interplay between misinformation, disinformation, news, and social 
media, with an emphasis on public opinion on at least one of these topics:

1. Civil society and social movements
2. Politics and elections
3. Climate change, land use, and environmental issues
4. Science and health

We welcome postdoctoral submissions that further the understanding, 
development, and application of computational methods in disinformation 
research. Computational methods include (but are not limited to) methods 
such as text analysis, topic modeling, social/semantic network analysis, 
online experiments, machine learning, visual analysis and agent-based 
modeling and simulations. Computational methods can be applied to “big 
data” and social media, or online behavior data, but can also be used to 
provide a more sophisticated understanding of “small data” or for 
theoretical explorations.

*Selection Criteria*
The successful candidates must have a completed doctorate degree in any 
area but with experience in a substantive field of social science, 
including communication and media studies, sociology, statistics, 
political science, economy and/or social data science. The ideal 
candidate must also have familiarity with existing academic work on 
misinformation, disinformation, public understanding of politics, 
science and technology, media manipulation and propaganda, news media, 
online platforms, and digital media.

Excellent written, editing, and verbal communication skills in English 
which demonstrate a potential to write and present at an international 
level are required. Portuguese and/or Spanish language skills are 
desirable. A record of published work on misinformation, disinformation 
and social media are very desirable, as well as a detailed knowledge of 
existing research on misinformation, public understanding of news, 
politics, elections, environmental issues and its relation to digital media.

*How to Apply?*
We have opened three postdoctoral positions. These are full-time, 
fixed-term appointments with a desired start date as soon as possible 
and no later than April 2021 for a one-year research fellowship. The 
individual appointed will be working with other researchers; 
postdoctoral fellows; Ph.D., master, and undergraduate students; and 
with the principal investigator behind the project, Professor R. Marie 
Santini, Head of the Netlab research team.

Grant: R$4.100,00 per month (one-year fellow). This is a full-time, 
one-year position with the option of a second-year extension based on 
demonstrated performance.

The closing date for applications is 11 pm on Monday, 12th April 2021 
(GMT -3, Brazilian Standard Time). Candidates are required to send an 
email to netlab@eco.ufrj.br <mailto:netlab@eco.ufrj.br>. All emails must 
use the subject title “Netlab Post-Doctoral Research Fellow” with the 
following documents attached (files in PDF format):

   * A supporting statement: a cover letter explaining your interest in,
     and experience with, the Netlab research agenda (written in
     English). The candidate must choose and indicate in the letter one
     of the areas below to work with: 1) civil society and social
     movements; 2) politics and elections; 3) climate change, land use
     and environmental issues; 4) science and health.
   * A Research Proposal (written in English) as part of your application
     in a 2- or 3-page project. This proposal is not necessarily a
     commitment to what you will work on at Netlab, but serves as a way
     for the application committee to assess your ability to plan a
     research project.
   * An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae with full academic records (in English).
   * A writing sample of a research paper or working paper (preferably in
     English but can be in Portuguese or in Spanish).
   * Reference letter (with contact information), preferably from an
     academic advisor, co-author, or research peer.

*Postdoctoral Researchers Responsibilities*
The duties of the researchers will be:

   * To work with other team members and the PI on developing
     methodological approaches.
   * To arrange and conduct empirical research and data collection.
   * To work with colleagues on analyzing and interpreting the data.
   * To interpret the results in light of contextual background provided
     by the wider project and other people’s research.
   * To liaise with other team members, the PI, and other partners on
     getting advice and input on the research design, data analysis, and
     conclusions.
   * To develop academic publications and other project output based on
     the research done, working closely with other postdoctoral
     researchers and the PI to finalize output.
   * To prepare a range of presentation materials suitable for external
     events, conferences, meetings, and workshops.
   * To represent the project at external events/conferences, either with
     the PI, postdoctoral researchers, or alone.
   * To develop ideas for further research (including ideas for
     generating research funds) and to present detailed research
     proposals to the principal investigator for future work in the
     Netlab area.
   * To work with other team members, the project coordinators, the
     principal investigator and Netlab partners (such as technology
     developers, companies, start-up partners, etc.) on other aspects of
     the wider project, to develop innovation and technology, and work
     with the rest of the Netlab staff as part of the everyday life of
     the laboratory.
   * To teach undergraduate and graduate classes under the PI’s
     supervision and coordinate internal workshops and study groups with
     Netlab staff.
   * To organize and coordinate Netlab external events, workshops, Summer
     and Winter Schools (2021-2022).

*Summary*
*
*

*Job title *

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

*University*

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

*Division *

School of Communication and The Brazilian Institute of Information, 
Science and Technology

*Graduate Program*

PPGCI – Graduate Program in Information Science –

*Location *

Netlab – Internet and Social Media Research Lab

*Position modality*

Remote work

*Grant*

R$4.100,00 per month (one-year fellow).

*Hours *

Full time (40 hours per week)

*Contract type *

Fellowship

*Reporting to *

Dr. R. Marie Santini (ECO/UFRJ)

*Research topics*

1) civil society and social movements; OR  2) politics and elections; OR 
3) climate change, land use, and environmental issues; OR 4) science and 
health.

*Principal Investigator and Supervisor*

Dr. R. Marie Santini (ECO/UFRJ). http://lattes.cnpq.br/8757803805826489
<http://lattes.cnpq.br/8757803805826489>

*Laboratory website*

www.netlab.eco.ufrj.br <http://www.netlab.eco.ufrj.br/>

TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

For young scientists from developing countries (other than India) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in emerging areas in science and technology for which facilities are available in laboratories and institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India.

Deadline: 31 July 2021

Partner Organizations: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India

Host country: India
Eligible nationalities: Developing countries in the South

Leve: lPostdoc

Minimum degree held: PhD

Duration: Up to 12 months

Field:

01-Agricultural Sciences
02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
03-Biological Systems and Organisms
04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
05-Chemical Sciences
06-Engineering Sciences
07-Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
08-Mathematical Sciences
09-Physics
Age limit: 45

Sandwich option: no

Applications can only be submitted via online portal once the call is open.

Please use the “apply now” button at the bottom of this page to start your application once the call is open.

Opening date of this fellowship: 1 March 2021

Closing date of this fellowship:  31 July 2021CSIR and TWAS will keep about 20% of 2021 awards for COVID-19 related research topics. These could be in the area of :I. Digital and Molecular Surveillance;II. Rapid and Economical Diagnostics;III. Repurposing of Drugs, Vaccine and Convalescent Plasma Therapy;IV. Hospital Assistive Devices and PPEs.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the preliminary acceptance letter as early as possible, even before the opening date of the call. Keeping in mind that only Acceptance letters dated the same year as the year of application are eligible.

Programme Details

  • TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable in CSIR research laboratories and institutes in India for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of twelve months.
  • Eligible CSIR institutions: Information on CSIR laboratories and institutes can be obtained by following the links from the CSIR homepage. Alternatively, a list of eligible institutes is available here.
  • CSIR will provide a monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, Fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.
  • The language of instruction for foreign scholars in CSIR laboratories/institutes is English.

Eligibility

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • be a maximum age of 45 years on 31 December of the application year.
  • be nationals of a developing country (other than India).
  • hold a PhD degree in a field of science or technology.
  • must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country.
  • be regularly employed in a developing country and hold a research assignment.
  • be accepted at a CSIR laboratory/institution and provide an official acceptance letter from the host institution (see sample Acceptance Letter that can be downloaded below or included in the application form).  N.B. Requests for acceptance must be directed to the chosen CSIR host institution(s), with copy to the CSIR contact person.  This will allow CSIR to monitor requests and offer support or assistance in finding  suitable host institution(s), if necessary;
  • provide evidence of proficiency in English, if medium of education was not English;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

Submitting your application

  • Applicants should submit the Acceptance Letter from a CSIR institution to CSIR and TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Applications for the TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme can ONLY be submitted to TWAS via the online portal and copy of the submitted application must be sent to CSIR by email. A tutorial on how to use the online application form is available below for download.
  • Please be advised that applicants may apply for only one programme per calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes. One exception: The head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another programme.

Results of the fellowship selection should be available toward the end of 2021 or early 2022, and selected candidates will be able to start their fellowship NO earlier than beginning of 2022.

Contact Details

• TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-314
Fax: +39 040 2240-689
E-mail: fellowships@twas.org

• Dr (Mrs) ANURADHA MADHUKAR
Sr. Principal Scientist
International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD)
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Anusandhan Bhavan, 2, Rafi Marg, New Delhi 110 001
Tel:  +91-11-23316751; Fax: +91-11-23739041
E-mail: anuradha@csir.res.in
Web: www.csir.res.in

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8 EU-COFUND postdoctoral fellows within cancer research

  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY: Lund University (LU) 
  • RESEARCH FIELD: Biological sciences, Educational sciences, Engineering, Medical sciences, Technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE: First Stage Researcher (R1) Recognised Researcher (R2) Established Researcher (R3) Leading Researcher (R4) 
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15/04/2021 23:59 – Europe/Brussels 
  • LOCATION: Sweden › Lund 
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT: Other 
  • JOB STATUS: Full-time 

OFFER DESCRIPTION 

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The research openings are connected either to the Faculty of Medicine or LTH at Lund University. LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering and carries out research of a high international standard with teaching methods adapting to current needs. The Faculty of Medicine has academic programs closely linked with the healthcare system. The research spans a broad field within experimental preclinical research, near-patient clinical research, and health sciences research.

The positions are part of the CanFaster program (MSCA-COFUND), which focuses on cancer research and entrepreneurship. The goal of CanFaster is to educate tomorrow’s cancer researchers in a broad set of scientific, transferable, and business skills develop the mind-set of an entrepreneur in parallel to the academic career. The program recruits eight fellows during this call, 15 in total. The program is administrated by CREATE Health, located in the energetic and dynamic science park, Medicon Village. The Life Science sector in the Medicon Valley area has been nominated as one of 13 Brain belts in the world.

Call 3: Eight CanFaster projects in Cancer and Entrepreneurship; an EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND program. For project description, eligibility critera and special requriments please visit www.canfaster.se.”>http://www.canfaster.se”>www.canfaster.se.

You can only apply to one position. For call-related questions contact us at: canfaster-postdoc@immun.lth.se.

Maintenance”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… of cell stemness at physoxia – an evolutionary triumph
Research subject:
 Translational medicine (PI: Emma Hammarlund)
Partners: Lund Stem Cell Center; Department of Laboratory Medicine; Department of Pediatrics; LU

Novel”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… immuno-oncological strategies for improved cancer therapy
Research subject:
 Immunotechnology (PI: Kristina Lundberg)
Partners: Alligator Bioscience AB; SUS (Skåne University hospital)

Phosphoproteomic-guided”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… personalized cancer therapy 
Research subject:
 Immunotechnology (PI: Magnus Jakobsson)
Partners: Acrivon AB

Proteomics”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… data mining for improved cancer precision medicine
Research subject:
 Immunotechnology (PI: Fredrik Levander)
Partners: SCAN-B initiative; SUS; Immunovia AB

Spatially-guided”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… transcriptional profiling and bioinformatics
Research subject
: Immunotechnology (PI: Sara Ek)
Partners: the Nordic lymphoma group; SUS

The”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… role of IL1 in tumor progression and immune evasion
Research subject:
 Translational Medicine (PI: Karin Leandersson)
Partners: Cantargia; Cancer Immunology (Malmö, Lund University)

Translational”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… cancer genomics and bioinformatics
Research subject:
 Laboratory Medicine (PI: Thoas Fioretos)
Partners: Qlucore AB; SUS

Translational”>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for… oncogenomics and cancer liquid biopsies
Research subject:
 Clinical Science (PI: Lao Saal)
Partners: SAGA Diagnostics; SCAN-B Initiative; SUS

*****

Work duties
The main duty involved in a post-doctoral position is research. Most positions include teaching, mainly in relation to supervision of master thesis or doctoral students. Teaching in courses and seminars may also be included, but not more than 20%. Each position includes an opportunity for a three week-training in higher education teaching and learning.

The program is divided into three different work packages: WP1 = research within the defined research area (80-90%), WP2 = CanFaster specific training (5%), and WP3 = inter-sectoral training (5%). Within WP2, you will be able to attend courses in entrepreneurship and innovation processes; within WP3, you will have the opportunity to be educated in clinical aspects of cancer and attend seminar series at a business incubator. As a CanFaster fellow you will have the opportunity to perform secondments in the non-academic sector, such as clinic or industry. Team activities with other fellows within the CanFaster program will ensure the development of a network that lasts beyond the program and helps to boost your continued career.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications should be written in English. Submit your application through Lund University electronic application system: https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:377392/“>https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:377392/”>https://lu.varbi…. In addition to providing all documents, you will be asked mandatory questions when submitting the application.
Eligibility
Mobility: 0 – 12 months of residency in Sweden during the 36 months preceding the date of the closure of the call.
PhD degree (from 2018 or later) or 4-7 years of full-time equivalent research experience. 
Specific requirements: Each research subject has specific requirements on PhD subject and prior research experience. For details, please, visit: http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for-call-3/“>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/postdoctoral-research-areas-for…
The application must include: CV; publication list; motivation letter; and one reference letter provided on the CanFaster template. All templates and further instructions can be found at: http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/apply-for-a-postdoctoral-position/“>http://www.createhealth.lth.se/canfaster/apply-for-a-postdoctoral-positi…
Assessment criteria and evaluation process
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and their potential as researchers and teachers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.
An evaluation panel with internal and external experts is responsible for the selection process. Eligible applicants will be evaluated based on merits, motivation for the program, academic excellence, and personal qualifications such as collaborative and communication skills. Top 4-6 candidates w

More Information

Web site for additional job details

https://www.nature.com/naturecareers/job/8-eucofund-postdoctoral-fellows-with…

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

PhD

100 % Postdoc at the Chair of Labour Economics at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Attendance

On-Site

Posted on

12 March 2021

 Application Deadline

10 April 2021

Type

Postdoc

The Chair of Labour Economics at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany) seeks to fill a position as
Post Doctoral Student (Remuneration according to TV-L, 100%)
starting from September 2021 (or later upon mutual agreement) for a period of up to 6 years.

Research activities at the Chair of Labour Economics concentrate on questions related to the equality of opportunity for disadvantaged groups. The following projects are currently investigated: “The Early Origins of Social Cohesion in Increasingly Diverse Societies” (funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to the project “KIDSNGROUPS”), “Corona and Beyond: Targeted Policies to Mitigate the Unintended Health Effects of the Pandemic Response on Families with Children” (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation), and “The Role of Gender Norms for Gender Equality”.

The ideal candidate has interest in (at least) one of the aforementioned research topics and is keen on collaborating and actively contributing to these research projects. Advanced knowledge in causal analysis is a prerequisite, experience in fieldwork, such as the design and implementation of surveys, lab-in-the-field experiments and/or randomized control trials, is desirable. Proficiency in English is a “must”, while proficiency in German and/or another language (preferably Arabic, Russian, Syrian or Turkish) is an asset.

The Chair of Labour Economics offers a wide array of interesting courses at the Bachelor and Master level (e.g. Labour Economics, Migration Economics, Policy Evaluation Methods, Public Policy). The future PostDoc is expected to contribute to the teaching obligations of the Chair (one course per semester).

The Chair of Labour Economics is a very dynamic and rapidly growing research group. There are several possibilities for collaborations within the Department of Business and Economics (mainly within the research hub on “Work and Society”) and across the departments (within the research group on “Diversity” spanning the fields of Business, Economics, Psychology and Sociology). The future Postdoc will also be able to take advantage of a broad and well-established national and international research network.

The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg aims at increasing the share of female researchers. Promising female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply. Applications by disabled candidates will be given priority. Candidates should send their applications including a cover letter and a curriculum vita until April 10, 2021 to christina.felfe@uni-wuerzburg.de. Further information about the Chair of Labour Economics can be found at https://www.wiwi.uni-wuerzburg.de/lehrstuhl/vwl4/home/

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Postdocs in history / social sciences – three positions and one Ph.D. student in sociology

Department

Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies

Deadline

15 Apr 2021

Start date

1 July 2021 

MASARYK UNIVERSITY

The Dean of Faculty of Social Studies

OPENS 4 POSITIONS 

3 Postdocs in history / social sciences

1 Ph.D. student in sociology

Working time:                     full time 

Start date:                            1 July 2021 

Application deadline:       15 April 2021

We seek highly motivated researchers for three postdoctoral and one doctoral positions in ExpertTurn, a research project “Expertise in authoritarian societies. Human sciences in the socialist countries of East-Central Europe” (principal investigator Kateřina Lišková, supported by EXPRO of the Czech Science Foundation). More information at https://ExpertTurn.fss.muni.cz

You will 

  • Conduct research on human science expertise during state socialism in one of the four East-Central European countries (Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia), discuss your findings within our team and analyze data, write papers for peer-reviewed journals, disseminate the results to the general public, present your research at international conferences

Each postdoc is expected to

  • Have successfully completed their Ph.D., preferably in history (previous research in the areas of the history of the family, gender, science, health, or youth during the 20th century in Europe is an advantage)
  • Have published in English in respected journals or with recognized publishers
  • Speak and read with native fluency in either Polish, Hungarian or German
  • Work flexibly in an international team (ability to combine research in local archives with attending both in-person team workshops and regular online meetings)

A prospective doctoral student is expected to

  • Demonstrate interest in the topic and their research skills
  • Have successfully completed an MA in history or a social science discipline
  • Speak and read with native fluency in either Czech or Slovak
  • Speak and write in English on a C1 level

We offer

  • Full-time job (40 hours per week) in Brno
  • Flexibility in working hours, home office
  • 50 000 – 55 000 CZK/month gross salary for a postdoc, 35 000 – 38 000 CZK/month gross salary for a doctoral student (median wage in the Czech Republic: 29 123 CZK)
  • Job offer for one year with an expected extension: for postdocs until June 2024 and for a doctoral student until June 2025, upon mutual satisfaction with the first year
  • Working in an international team on exciting new research
  • Close cooperation with accomplished teams and researchers in Europe and beyond
  • Active support for professional and personal development (knowledge and experience sharing in the team, summer schools or workshops, support in grant applications, a wide range of activities supported by the university – language courses, sports activities, etc.)
  • Six weeks (30 working days) of vacation

Necessary documents

  • Professional CV with detailed descriptions of your previous work on research projects
  • A writing sample
  • Motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please use the electronic application form to apply for your position.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 April 2021.

GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG / Funding Programme Democracy

Background Funding Initiative Democracy

Over the last few years, a previously somewhat abstract finding has become an empirical fact: Democracy is not a given. The rule of law, the separation of powers, freedom of expression, and a commitment to the common good have all lost some of their binding effect even in core democratic countries, and have been relativized, called into question, and restricted. Nevertheless, the development is subject to constant fluctuations. Hence, for some time now within Europe there has been a shift in political weighting away from a primarily pro-European stance towards an anti-European discourse, yet in the global crisis resulting from the Corona pandemic, it seems that alongside the return to national decision-making, stronger hopes and expectations have emerged that European cooperation will be able to contribute some positives to the management of the crisis and its resulting problems. At the same time, however, there are still challenges from populist movements, amongst others, which not only question democracy as a political order but indeed also the independent role of science and the research findings it produces.

Taking this present-day experience as a starting point, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has established a new funding initiative for democracy, which is divided into two subsections with different perspectives:

  • The first, historically oriented subsection on the topic of Democracy as a Utopia, Experience and Threats aims at placing the aforementioned problematic issues in the broader historical context and considering the history of conflicts over the foundation of the social order.
  • The second subsection, which is oriented towards analysis of the present situation and predictions for the future, focuses on Transformations of Democracy? Or: The Contours of Future Democratic Society. It represents an invitation to venture contributions, speculations and assertions so that we might learn to better understand the complex present-day situation and the processes of profound transformation that are taking shape while also trying to trace the contours of future society.

Call for applications for subsection 1: Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat

“Democracy”, as an overriding concept of this historically-oriented funding programme spanning different eras, may be simply a search direction, a heuristic guideline, and not a universalization of any – for example, our current – social and political system. The focus here is on the history of confrontation concerning the basic principles of social order, whereby there is a clash of demands for enhanced participation, for greater scope for self-organization, for more justice, or for the dismantling of hierarchies on the one hand, and on the other the value systems of those who consider the relevant status quo worthy of preservation or who see entirely different objectives of fairness, freedom and hierarchization as worth fighting for. These confrontations took place and continue to take place from ancient times until today, sometimes with and sometimes without application of any concept of democracy. What they can provide information about is the diversity of the value systems, the preconceptions of justice, and the ideals of a good society that are brought to the field by the conflicting sides.

These sorts of histories of conflict over a just order, good leadership and participation in both therefore make it necessary for the preconceptions of values and order of all the conflicting sides to be taken into account. Only this way does it become possible to historicize the diverse histories of conflict over good order, and thus to understand them in their relevant historical context: It can’t just be about the proponents of enhanced participation or a more comprehensive form of justice, not only about social movements and their hierarchies or criticism of the elite. After all, the relevant proponents of limited participation, selective socialization concepts and preconceptions of justice and freedom that cannot be universalized are equally important. The examination of conflict histories within societies that see themselves as democratic requires just this multiperspectivity: There is an interplay between the social movements and protests that critically oppose the relevant established forms of democracy and defenders of the established order and their preconceptions of participation, justice and freedom.

With the triad of concepts “utopia, experience and threat”, three of the key references to conflicting social value systems from ancient times to today are touched upon: Social movements inspired by utopias determine ideal preconceptions of politics, religion and society and fight for their realization. In societies that see themselves as democracies, people have experiences, which they mobilize in a way that is critical of democracy – be it against democracy as such or against specific aspects of the relevant established democratic order. The historically – and currently – frequently found references to conflicting social value systems is the impression of threat, as a result of which, for example, ruling elites deploy their law enforcement forces against social movements, various social groups fight for re-order and new order, religiously based preconceptions of society or justice come into conflict, or social inequality becomes a political issue. All three points of reference can be utilized for historical research into conflict histories surrounding the correct order and just society. They expand the theme of the funding programme beyond the classic fields of protest and revolutionary history, or the history of constitutions, elections and political parties – which are likewise part of it all – to include a multiperspectival history of conflict and culture surrounding the right order in society and politics.


The Board of Trustees decides on the applications on the basis of a recommendation from the members of the Academic Advisory Council.

Call for applications for subsection 2: Contours of Future Democratic Society

Talking about “future” society means describing what is new and unfamiliar in the form of a society that is only just taking shape and whose initial elements and structures we are only just starting to experience. This new form may not be entirely novel and in many regards will stem from the old one. Which fault lines and threshold points define these transformations is a question to be addressed analytically by the humanities and social sciences, whereby there is not yet any preconceived notion as to whether such changes will represent losses or gains, progress or regression at the end of the day.

Points of reference for a number of transformation processes can be identified with relative clarity within three major, extensively interwoven areas:

  1. The much-maligned crisis of democracy as we know it – liberal, constitutional, representative – is manifested in the political sphere. The new forms of populism have not only called into question the self-evidence of who constitutes “the people” and who can represent them, but have also cast democratic institutions and authorities radically into question, which has sown seeds of doubt about these agencies, and about whether and how legitimate political decisions can actually be made within large collectives at all. Here, complex questions arise concerning the conditions of resilience and renewal of democratic forces in the age of marred political authorities and legitimation, as does the question regarding the evidently changing relationship between emotions and politics, argumentative discourse and emotional rhetoric. It seems clear that many traditional forms of democratic consensus-building have reached their limits, since the places and media for sensible, informed discussion are increasingly fragmented or undermined. The influence of international acts of sabotage of discourses, and this involving meddling in elections and opinion-formation processes by means of manipulation and propaganda, is also hampering democratic consensus-building.
  2. Rapid technological change in virtually all areas of life poses challenges on an almost unforeseeable scale for human coexistence. The fact that almost all communication is conveyed through media and the ultra-fast and omnipresent interconnectedness of previously distant contexts are profoundly changing what it means to be in one place at one time, to share living spaces and habits with others, to be private or public. These transformations create problems and challenges that arise from the technologies and digitization themselves: the exploitable nature of information differences, new forms of surveillance and control – in a nutshell new forms of digital power or technical dominion. Research must be carried out into the ways our societies are finding to deal with these challenges, which norms and criteria, which ideals and models in the entirely mediatized and largely data-encapsulated world promise guidance and shelter, which skills and critical capacities individuals in this world need, and in which areas the old “natural” intelligence is perhaps a few steps ahead of its new “artificial” counterpart.
  3. It is more than clear that from a social perspective the world which is emerging recognizes, creates and condones distortions and inequalities, whereby these are not sufficiently captured by the old terms of ‘class’ or ‘social stratum’. After all, being ‘left behind’ in the present day is not measured merely by economic or sociocultural status, but rather also depends on the often now almost imperceptible practices of symbolic exclusion, fate-determining attribution of identity characteristics, or a lack of access to knowledge and education. The emerging form of society appears to be traversed by new and complex kinds of stratifications and divisions, some of which appear flexible and negotiable while the old class divisions were not, yet others appear to have a harshness and persistence that seem almost inconceivably rigid. Here, questions arise with regard to the mechanisms and techniques of such exclusions, the vectors and levels of these new fault lines – and possible strategies for overcoming them.

These three dimensions (political, technological, social) indicate only roughly which direction one might look towards in order to trace the contours of a future society. In no one direction is there anything entirely new, yet in all of them one can identify processes of profound transformation that could be grasped and interpreted in research by way of a small contribution to shaping the future. The Foundation is looking for innovative research questions and ways of working that tackle these challenges and make initial forays into descriptive, explanatory or even prognostic propositions.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees decides on the applications on the basis of recommendation by an Advisory Committee.

Prof. Dr. Regina Kreide | Giessen
Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi | Munich
Prof. Dr. Martin Saar | Frankfurt/Main
Prof. Dr. Véronique Zanetti | Bielefeld

Application

Prerequisites

Applications are open to post-doctoral researchers with links to a university from the entire spectrum of humanities and social sciences. The proposed projects must address focal themes that are being examined by a research group, which the Foundation understands to mean teams of at least two scholars actively taking part in the project work, who are to be funded by grants from the Foundation and are researching shared topics. Only post-doctoral or research grants will be considered. Applications for a research grant for the applicant (project leader) are also permitted. In total, a maximum of three grants plus funds for travel and equipment may be applied for by each research group. The prerequisite for funding is an assurance that those working on the project will produce their own research output that will be published under their names. Other people who are not funded by grants may also be involved in the project. Applications for individual grants outside of a research group are not permitted. The funding program also provides for the project partners to participate in a public “workshop discussion on democracy” or “workshop discussion on future society” organized annually by the Foundation.

The maximum duration is 36 months.

The applicants must be actively involved in the research work of the project.

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible.

Application Documents

The necessary application documents can be uploaded in the electronic application form.

Proposals will only be accepted in German or English language and should include:

  • description of the research proposal (max. 8 pages) 
    • plus bibliography if necessary (in addition to the max. 8-10 pages)
    • documents printed on one side only, at least font size 11 and line spacing 1.5 
    • please choose a readable font, e.g. Arial 11 pt. or Times New Roman 12 pt. (We kindly ask you to keep to the formal requirements on how to compile application documents)
  • work plan and time schedule, travel itinerary (if needed)
  • detailed cost calculation
    • specific funds being applied for must be precisely defined
    • no college or tuition fees
    • no overhead costs
  • curriculum vitae and list of publications of the applicant(s)
  • if needed, curriculum vitae and list of publications of the proposed project participant(s)
  • if needed, academic certificates of the project participant(s) (Masters, PhD, professorship, etc.; please do not send Bachelor certificates)

If also a scholarship for the applicant is planned:

  • academic certificates of the applicant (Masters, PhD, professorship, etc.; please do not send Bachelor certificates)

Please do not additionally send the documents by email or postal mail.

Payment

Application for scholarships as part of a research project

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office. The following rates apply:

PhD scholarships

Monthly scholarship award: 1.600 euros

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 400 euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Research Scholarships for Postdocs

Monthly scholarship award: 2,300 euros

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child: EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 575 euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Research Scholarships after Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification

Monthly scholarship award: 3,100 euros

As equivalent to the German Habilitation the Foundation accepts positions as „Associate Professor“ or „Full Professor“ / „Distinguished Professor“ (according to the North American university system) and „Senior Lecturer“ or „Reader“/„Professor“ (according to the Commonwealth university system), respectively.

Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects with children, will receive a monthly family grant in addition to their scholarship. The family grant is awarded on presentation of the child’s birth certificate and disbursed for children who have not yet turned 18.

•    for one child: EUR 400
•    each further child EUR 100

Monthly endowment for scholarships abroad: 775,- euros
Travel aid: as required
Material aid: as required

Contracts for work may be awarded for smaller research activities. The Foundation specifies no rates in this regard.

Deadlines

The next application deadline is 12 May 2021.

Form

Electronic Application Form for the Foundation

1. Please complete the application form in full. Please be aware that each subsection has its own form. The link to the correct form appears if you click on the subsection below this text. Within the form, the header shows  which subsection you are applying for.

2. The application form can be saved at any time. Using your own personal link, you can return to and edit the form for a period of ten days. However, after this period (10 Days), your data will be deleted from the server.

3. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a short summary, which needs to be confirmed in order to be sent to the Foundation electronically.

4. During the transmission process your data will be sent to the Foundation in electronic form. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the application.

Please follow these rules when uploading your application files:

  • All documents need to be uploaded as pdf-files.
  • Please do not upload protected PDF documents.
  • A single file may not exceed a file size of 6 MB each.
  • You cannot upload more than one document per upload field.
  • The application can only be sent, if all necessary documents are included.

Please note the following additional information:

  • Your data will be stored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation for the purpose of processing your application and will not be passed on to third parties.
  • The Gerda Henkel Foundation will be happy to provide you with information about the data that we have stored on your person at any time. If so required, personal data can be changed or deleted.
  • This form may only be used to make an application to the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to delete application data without prior notification, if necessary.
  • Application form subsection 1: Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat
  • Application form subsection 2: Contours of Future Democratic Society

Publishing Aid

Publishing aid is currently only awarded to especially successful projects already being supported by the Foundation. Please include the following documents:

  • two-page summary of the academic merit and innovativeness of the monograph/collection
  • cost calculation by the publishing house
  • manuscript on which the calculations have been made (digital)

A copy of the (preliminary) PhD certificate should be included in proposals submitted for the publication of PhD theses supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

List of sponsored projects

2019

Prof. Dr. Michael Dreyer / Dr. Andreas Braune (Jena, Germany)
Das demokratische Gewaltmonopol in der Weimarer Republik, 1918-1924 

PD Dr. Oliver Eberl / Dr. David Salomon / Prof. Dr. Dirk Jörke (Darmstadt, Germany)
Der Blick nach unten: Soziale Konflikte in der Ideengeschichte der Demokratie 

Dr. Claudia Christiane Gatzka (Freiburg, Germany)
Verborgene Stimmen der Demokratie. Politische Repräsentationen des ‚Volkes‘ in der Bundesrepublik, 1945-2000 

Dr. Harm Kaal / Prof. Dr. Wim van Meurs / Prof. Dr. Huub Wijfjes / Prof. Dr. Thomas Mergel (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
The Voice of the People. Popular perceptions of democracy and the mediatisation of politics in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, c. 1950 – 2000

PD Dr. Jürgen Schraten / Dr. Sean Maliehe / Dr. Carmen Ludwig (Gießen, Germany)
Southern African Democracy and the Utopia of a Rainbow Nation

Important note on submitting applications

Please take a look at the information provided in this section and under General References. We would of course be happy to assist you should you have any further questions.

IEG Fellowships for Postdocs

The next deadline for IEG Fellowships for Postdocs is October 15, 2021
for fellowships beginning in April 2022 or later.

The IEG awards postdoctoral fellowships to young academics from Germany and abroad who have completed their doctoral dissertations and are pursuing a new research project. This fellowship is intended to help you develop your own research project in close collaboration with researchers working at the IEG. Your contribution consists in bringing your own interests to bear on the work of the IEG and its research programme negotiating difference in Europe. This includes the possibility of developing a perspective for further cooperation with the IEG.

Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate no more than three years before the beginning of the proposed fellowship (non-academic activities are not relevant to the application). The final examination or defence of the dissertation must have been successfully completed by the application deadline. It is not possible to avail of funding for the final phase of doctoral research and continuing into a subsequent postdoctoral project.
 

Fellows must submit a final report of ther project at th end of the funding period. 


Please note: Decisions on the awarding of postdoctoral fellowships usually occur once annually.

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Application: IEG Fellowships for Postdocs

Attachments in the following order:

  1. completed application form
  2. curriculum vitae; a list of publications (if available)
  3. a brief description of the proposed project with a detailed working plan and schedule for the intended stay at the institute (5 pages/ 15,000 characters excluding spaces)
  4. a digital copy of the dissertation
  5. copies of university certificates and proof of language competence

Please use the IEG application form which can be found under Downloads on the right.

Applications should be submitted by email to: application@ieg-mainz.de

Leibniz Institute of European History
The Directors
Prof. Irene Dingel and Prof. Johannes Paulmann
Re: Fellowship Application


Please combine all of your application documents into a single PDF, except for the application form, and include a word count at the end of your project description. Please send your application to application@ieg-mainz.de. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the referees. You may write in either English or German; we recommend that you use the language in which you are most proficient. 

Please note that applications that arrive late or incomplete will not be considered.

Reference

The academic advisor emails an up-to-date reference directly to the IEG by the application deadline to: fellowship@ieg-mainz.de 

The reference should discuss (please avoid a general letter of recommendation):
– the applicant’s academic qualifications
– topic, goal and current state of the proposed research project
– a synopsis of work to be done in Mainz along with possible time and work schedules

Additionally you will need a potential second referee, who will be contacted directly by the IEG. We recommend that you inform the potential second referee about your application and a potential letter of reference in advance.

Letters of reference should contain information on the question, method, results, and representation of your research project. Additionally, they should also give an evaluation regarding the recent state of research on the topic.



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Value of IEG Fellowships for Postdocs

1. Fellowship rates (from 01/01/2015)
The IEG Fellowships are jointly funded by the federal and state government. The fellowships are exclusively used for the purpose of pursuing the research project detailed in the application at the IEG. Fellows are therefore not permitted to pursue or avail of any other form of employment or funding for the duration of the fellowship.

IEG Fellowships for postdocs have a monthly value of € 1,800.

2. Family allowance

Fellowship holders whose partners accompany them to Mainz and do not have an income of more than 450 euros per month may receive a family allowance. Please indicate in your application whether your partner accompanies you to Mainz.  

Fellows who come to Mainz accompanied by their underage children can apply for child allowance.

Please direct your questions to the following address: fellowship@ieg-mainz.de

In case of doubt the German version is valid.

Call for Applications: Eight AiE Fellowships at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen

2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

EIGHT ACADEMY IN EXILE FELLOWSHIPS IN BERLIN AND ESSEN

Academy in Exile invites scholars at risk to apply for 24-month fellowships at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen. Eligible are scholars from any country, who have a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, or law, and who are at risk because of their academic work and/or civic engagement in human rights, democracy, and the pursuit of academic freedom. Academy in Exile fellow- ships provide scholars with the opportunity to reestablish their scholarship in Germany and to work on their own research project in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows contribute to the research agenda and intellectual profile of Academy in Exile and participate in affiliated research projects.

Created in 2017, Academy in Exile preserves and cultivates critical scholarship that is threat- ened or de-legitimized in countries across the globe. Academy in Exile is a consortium of the Turkish Studies Department at the University Duisburg-Essen, the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities / KWI) in Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, and the Freie Universität Berlin. To date, Academy in Exile has supported 47 scholars at risk with long-term fellowships, emergency stipends, and guest professorships.

The eight new fellows, funded by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation, will be affiliated either with the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin or KWI in Essen. Applications will be evaluated according to academic merit, risk assessment, and suitability for the research programs at the Forum and the KWI, as well as the programs of the Academy in Exile.

Barring delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, fellowships may start as early as July 2021. The monthly stipend amounts to 2,500 EUR. In addition, Academy in Exile covers the cost of health insurance.

Please submit your application by 15 March 2021 in the following order:

  • —  completed applicant information form (Available for download here)
  • —  a letter that explains your motivation for applying to AiE, including the currentcircumstances of your risk and/or exile status. Please include a short rationale if you prefer to be affiliated with the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen or the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. No proof or letter from a third party is required. However, if you are registered with Scholars at Risk Network, IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund or CARA, please indicate so in your letter;
  • —  a three-page research proposal;
  • —  an updated curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
  • —  a published journal article or chapter.

Please submit your application to info@academy-in-exile.eu as one PDF and name the file as follows: surname_first name. All applications will be dealt with in strict confidentiality. Encrypted communication will be used at the applicant’s request.

For more information visit: https://www.academy-in-exile.eu/

Academy in Exile is a consortium of

The Turkish Studies Department at the Universität Duisburg-Essen. Its multiple disciplines and research areas reflect the multilingualism and ethnic and religious plurality of Turkey and Germany. The Turkish Studies Department constitutes the largest department of its kind outside of Turkey and offers a degree program that is unique in Germany. The department initiated theAcademy in Exile in order to foster internationalization and protect knowledge at risk.

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. It provides scope for exchange, debate, and communication across national, regional or cultural borderlines. In cooperation with universities and research institutes in and outside of Berlin, the Forum appoints Fellows from all over the world, develops formats of transregional communication, and engages in research programs and initiatives that examine contemporary questions in a comparative and inclusive manner. The Forum currently engages in the research programs: Europe in the Middle East— the Middle East in Europe (EUME), Prisma Ukraïna: Research Network Eastern Europe, and re:constitution – Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe. It is part of the consortium of EUTIM: Europäische Zeiten / European Times – A Transregional Approach to the Societies of Central and Eastern Europe, MECAM: Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb, and a founding member of the Academy in Exile.

The KWI (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut / Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities) is an interdisciplinary research center following the tradition of international Institutes for Advanced Study. In its role as an inter-university institution connecting the Ruhr University Bochum, the TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the institute cooperates with researchers and scientists from its neighboring universities as well as other partners from the federal state NRW and places in and outside of Germany. Within the Ruhr area, the KWI is a place to share and discuss the questions and findings of ambitious research with interested parties from the city and the greater region.

The Freie Universität Berlin is among the leading universities in Germany and joined the Academy in Exile consortium as part of its efforts to support scholars at risk. It hosts Academy in Exile’s Critical Thinking Residency Program. While pursuing independent research, AiE fellows at the Freie Universität also participate in public lectures and workshops to evaluate the history of critical thinking, its relationship to policies of higher education, and its renewed relevance today. As a distinctive feature of this program, fellows contribute to a teaching- across-borders initiative and are encouraged to join existing affiliated research projects. Freie Universität Berlin was the first German university to join the Scholars at Risk program and also hosts the transnational mentoring program, Academics in Solidarity.

Postdoc – mRNA translation in cancer

PublishedDeadlineLocation
5 Feb5 AprAmsterdam

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam is a Comprehensive Cancer Centre combining a hospital and research laboratories in a single independent organization. The research group of Reuven Agami at the division of Oncogenomics is interested in identifying novel cellular vulnerabilities that can be exploited for cancer therapies. For this purpose, they develop innovative genomic and functional genetic tools and use biochemical and bioinformatics tools to understand the underlying mechanisms. 
In recent years the Agami lab studied amino acid shortages and its impact on mRNA translation in cancer mainly using Ribosome Profiling and CRISPR-screens (Loayza-Puch et al., Nature 2016; Slobodin et al., Cell 2017; Sun et al., EMBO 2020). This research line has led them to uncover a surprising impact of amino acid shortages on proteins’ quality.  They showed that prolonged amino acid deprivation induces cancer cells to produce defective proteins by ribosomal frameshifting (Bartok et al., Nature 2020). These defective proteins can be processed and presented at the cell surface of cancer cells and be recognized by immune cells. They now aim to uncover the mechanisms that connect this phenomenon with cancer, setup functional genetic screens to identify underlying mechanisms and develop in vitro and in vivo tools to explore how to utilize this phenomenon for cancer immunotherapy. 

Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will continue an ongoing research line in the lab to establish the link between defective protein production and cancer. He/she will perform functional genetic screenings and biochemical experiments in cell culture and mouse models to utilize this knowledge for cancer therapy. The successful applicant will also help in supervising PhD students in the lab and will be involved in writing of scientific papers, project reports and grant applications. 

REQUIREMENTS

The Agami lab seeks to recruit an ambitious Postdoc with a strong background in molecular biology, and a strong commitment to science, who will be involved in constructing molecular strategies for functional genetics. A strong publication record is required. General knowledge in cancer biology and functional genetics with RNAi and CRISPR tools are an advantage. Bioinformatics skills are an advantage too. We expect the candidate to be highly self-motivated, creative, and able to work in a team. Apart from being a true team player, we expect the candidate to exhibit a high degree of independence, to have a problem-solving attitude and have strong analytical and technical abilities in addition to excellent communication and presentation skills. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

You will join an international research team in a stimulating and interactive research environment. The gross salary for a fulltime appointment will range from € 3.447,- to € 4.077,- per month, depending on previous experience. The terms of employment will be in accordance with FWG 55 of the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labour Agreement for Hospitals).
In addition you will receive a fixed end-of-year bonus in December (8,33%) and in May you will receive 8,33% holiday pay. For more information in regard to the secondary conditions please contact the recruiter via: c.de.santis@nki.nl.

EMPLOYER

Netherlands Cancer Institute

The Netherlands Cancer Institute, founded in 1913, is among the top 10 comprehensive cancer centers, combining world-class fundamental, translational, and clinical research with dedicated patient care. Our initiatives to promote excellent translational research have been recognized by the European Academy of Cancer Sciences, when they designated us ‘Comprehensive Cancer Center of Excellence in Translational Research’.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For further information and addresses visit our websites (http://research.nki.nl/agamilab/https://www.nki.nl/divisions/oncogenomics/agami-r-group/) or contact Groepsleider Reuven Agami, 020 512 2079, r.agami@nki.nl.
Recruiter Carly DeSantis, 020-512 1608, c.de.santis@nki.nl.
Applications should include your CV, a motivation letter and the contact information of your references. 
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Acquisition in regards to this vacancy is not appreciated.