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


Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies


15 Apr 2021

Start date

1 July 2021 


The Dean of Faculty of Social Studies


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

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.

Three or more Postdoc positions at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy

The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University invites applications for three or more postdoctoral positions. The call is open for general applications in the research areas of the Centre, as well as for a specific research project on scientific elites.

The expected starting date is December 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The duration for the positions can vary from 3-4 years.  

Job description
The position as postdoctoral researcher is a fixed-term academic research position. As part of small, interdisciplinary project teams, each postdoc position will cover a variety of tasks including both research design, data collection, analysis and dissemination. The selected candidates will also be expected to contribute substantially to publications, both as first and secondary authors. The position does not include teaching obligations.

CFA invites applications for the following positions:

Postdoctoral researcher under the “Scientific elites” project
The position under the “Scientific elites” project is funded by the Independent Research Foundation Denmark (DFF), and led by Senior Researcher Jens Peter Andersen. The successful applicant will closely collaborate with the PI as well as team members from University of Copenhagen. The project seeks to combine bibliometric research with sociology of science in an effort to increase our understanding of the characteristics of scientific elites, how they are created and how they maintain their positions of power in the academic system.

Interested applicants can read more on the project homepage: The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in other research activities at CFA.

General positions as postdoctoral researcher at CFA
General postdocs at CFA will typically be linked to a specific research project as their primary responsibility, but will also be expected to participate in other research activities at CFA. Among the relevant projects are:

  • Prosecon” (Promoting the socio-economic impact of research – the role of funding practices) is a comparative study of the effects of research funding instruments with the intent to promote socio-economic impact. The project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
  • Villum Experiment – a study of the effects of blinded peer review” explores the outcomes of  a novel grant form that seeks to promote unorthodox and innovative research projects. Through an interview study and quantitative analysis, the project will focus on the selection process, how the research was carried out, and the results of the research. The project is funded by the Villum Foundation.
  • Hybrida” is an EU Horizon 2020 project that will address how conceptual, methodological and regulatory uncertainties arise in organoid research and will develop a conceptual and regulatory framework develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for organoid research and organoid-related technologies. The project includes workshops and individual and focus group interviews to map and analyse stakeholder concerns across different social contexts and societal groups.
  • The “BioMedical Design” Novo Nordisk Foundation Fellowship Programme is a novel training scheme aimed at developing future leaders of healthcare innovation across professions, fields and sectors. The project will study effects and outcomes of the fellowship programme through in-depth interviews, participant observation and questionnaire surveys.

Your qualifications
We seek applicants with expertise within the areas of sociology, economics, management, information science, education, political science, network science or related fields. A PhD in social science or related areas is required. We expect the candidates to have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English, and an ability to produce state-of-the art social-science research.

In addition to a CV and proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree), interested applicants should provide a 1-2 page application letter motivating why they are interested in the position and how they can contribute to specific research project(s) and CFA’s research activities in general. Please also specify whether you are specifically interested in one of the positions or are applying for both.

Who are we
The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy is part of the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University.

Research at The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy is broadly concerned with empirical studies related to research policy, innovation policy, and higher-education policy. The current research portfolio at CFA includes projects on innovation, quality in research and higher education, research funding, research integrity, gender in science, and responsible research and innovation.
For examples of current research and consultancy activities, please click here.

Further information
Applicants are welcome to contact Center Director Carter Bloch per email: and Senior Researcher Jens Peter Andersen per email: prior to submitting their application to learn more about the positions.

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel.: +45 8715 3631, Email:

Place of work
Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
International applicant? 
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here:

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:

Terms of employment
The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
  • Education (diploma for master’s, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
  • List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
  • Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant’s share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. Please use this template
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.


Deadline: Thursday 10 Sep 2020 at 23:59 CEST

Call for Applications: re:constitution Fellowships 2020/21

Democratic values are increasingly contested in the EU, but how to deal with and respond to these tendencies? In view of these developments, re:constitution promotes dialogue on democracy and the rule of law across Europe and its member states. The programme is intended to offer room for discussions and enable European scholars and professionals to share experiences and exchange ideas on this topic of paramount importance. re:constitution is a joint programme of the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and Democracy Reporting International, led by Christoph Möllers who is Professor of Public Law at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Permanent Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. The programme is funded by Stiftung Mercator.

Application Deadline: 24 May, 2020

Please find the Call for Applications here.

Please find the FAQ here.

re:constitution invites applications for 20 fellowships for the upcoming academic year from October 2020 to July 2021. The programme aims to provide for a high-quality and flexible environment of exchange and debate among scholars, legal practitioners and journalists from across Europe. Fellows will pursue their own, topic-related projects and will become part of a European exchange network. For more information on the re:constitution programme, please visit


in the early stages of your career as a

SCHOLAR holding a PhD* in

  • Law/Legal Studies
  • Political sciences, social sciences, philosophy or other neighbouring disciplines (focusing on legal issues and/or the rule of law in Europe)



  • Legal expert (i.e. judge or court employee, in NGOs,…)
  • Government official
  • Researcher working on questions on the rule of law and/or democracy in the EU
  • Journalist reporting on the rule of law and/or democracy in the EU

Eligible for the fellowship are residents of the European Union or the United Kingdom, non-EU EEA countries or Switzerland .

*Your PhD project should have been completed no more than 10 years ago. Scholars who are still working on their project may be eligible if their PhD is close to completion. For practitioners, a PhD is not required.


  • You are interested in current developments and challenges regarding democracy and the rule of law in Europe.
  • You are looking for new ways to work on your own project within the context of democracy and the rule of law in Europe
  • You want to be part of a group of fellows to debate and learn from each other.
  • You are keen to pursue new work opportunities at institutions in other EU countries.
  • You want to engage in a multi-faceted exchange about questions on democracy and the rule of law in Europe with junior and senior experts from all over Europe, from different sectors and from across the political spectrum.



  • re:constitution fellowships for one academic year, starting from 1st October 2020 until 31 July 2021, offering the freedom to pursue your own project in a topic of your choice, such as an academic article, essay, policy paper, book, report, podcast, feature story, piece of analysis, etc.
  • For non-academic experts, a fellowship could be a form of sabbatical.
  • For the first cohort of re:constitution fellows and their projects please visit:

Exchange and Debate

  • Personal exchange meetings of 3-5 days in EU countries: The first meeting will take place from 27 to 30 October 2020 in Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder, the second and third in February and June 2021 in other EU member states. The curriculum of these meetings will be developed jointly by the fellows and in consultation with the coordinator of the programme.
  • Opportunities to attend and organise events with emphasis on specific aspects and topics of the programme.


  • Mobility period of six months, the so-called ‛stage’ at institutions of scholarship and practice of your choice in another EU country than your residential one; the ‘stage’ should be divided between a research institution and an institution of legal practice.
  • Monthly stipend of €2.500 during the ‛stage’ (plus supplements depending on personal circumstances).


  • Access to a European network of scholars and practitioners who are interested in and working on questions on the current state of democracy and the rule of law in Europe.


  • Digital exchange formats for the fellows: The exchange between the fellows will be supported by a secure digital working space provided by the Forum Transregionale Studien.


Please submit your application via our secure online application platform by 24 May 2020:

Applications by email will not be considered. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the programme coordination team: reconstitution(at)

You will be asked to prepare and upload as part of your application:

  • Curriculum vitae including publications (2-3 pages),
  • Project outline (2-3 pages),
  • Short abstract of your project (max. 300 words),
  • Two references (university faculty members or practitioners in a field relevant to the applicant’s project) who can serve as referees (no letters of recommendation required),
  • Potential host institutions (your preferred institutions of research or practice in EU member states to spend part of your ‛stage’, ideally including an indication of preferred dates and/or existing personal contacts).

The working language of re:constitution is English.

The diversity of our society should also be reflected in the fellowships. We therefore welcome applicants regardless of their cultural and social background, age, religion, world view, disabilities or sexual identity.

The applications will be evaluated by the re:constitution Collegium of experts from different European countries. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by during July.

We are monitoring the current developments regarding Coronavirus closely, but for now we are hoping to go ahead with the fellowships as announced in this call.

Research fellow with 3/4-part-time-employment – E 13 TV-L HU (third party funding limited until 31.03.2023) Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Asian and African Studies

Job description: Scientific service in research in the project “Women’s Pathways to Professionalization in Muslim Asia: Reconfiguring Religious Knowledge, Gender, and Connectivity”; coordination of research data management

Requirements: Completed academic education and PhD in Area Studies (Central or Southeast Asia) or Cultural/Social Anthropology, Islamic Studies or Religious Studies; advanced knowledge of one or more Central or Southeast Asian language/s, very good written and spoken English; willingness to acquire Arabic language skills; experience in empirical research/fieldwork

For detailed information, see website

Please submit your application (including cover letter, CV, academic certificates and transcripts (if applicable)), and quoting the reference number DR/028/20, to: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Asian and African Studies, Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs/Prof. Dr. Manja Stephan-Emmrich, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany or preferably by email as one PDF-file to

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

Please visit our website, which gives you access to the legally binding German version.