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The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Research on Soci­ety and Space is an inter­na­tion­ally recog­nized research part­ner and occu­pies key areas of com­pet­ence in social sci­ence spa­tial research in Europe. His mis­sion is to research the trans­form­a­tion and con­trol of cit­ies and regions from a social sci­ence per­spect­ive.

Vacan­cies: two PhD stu­dents | Freigeist Research Group “Con­quer­ing (with) Con­crete. Global Con­struc­tion Com­pan­ies as Global Play­ers in Local Con­texts”

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Work­ing field:

The research group “Con­quer­ing (with) Con­crete. Global Con­struc­tion Com­pan­ies as Global Play­ers in Local Con­texts” is invit­ing applic­a­tions for two doc­toral pos­i­tions (both TV-L E13, 65%). Start­ing date: 1 Janu­ary 2021, dur­a­tion of con­tract: three years. The research pro­ject is fun­ded by the Volk­swa­gen­Stif­tung as part of the Freigeist Fel­low­ship pro­gramme.
For more inform­a­tion about the research pro­ject, please fol­low the link: https://leibniz-irs.de/en/research/projects/project/conquering-with-concrete-german-construction-companies-as-global-players-in-local-contexts/

Require­ments:

Require­ments for can­did­ate 1
A mas­ter’s degree (M.A.) or equi­val­ent in (Human) Geo­graphy or related dis­cip­line in the human­it­ies and social sci­ences is required by the time of appoint­ment. Bene­fi­cial for the pro­ject is advanced know­ledge of the­or­ies and con­cepts such as global com­mod­ity chains, inter­na­tion­al­isa­tion of com­pan­ies, tem­por­ary organ­isa­tion of pro­jects or geo­graphy of the built envir­on­ment. Read­i­ness to con­duct field­work in the “Global South” (research stays of two to three months), prefer­ably in Latin Amer­ica, is a neces­sary pre­con­di­tion. There­fore pref­er­ence will be given to applic­ants with a pre­vi­ous train­ing/exper­i­ence in extra-European con­texts. Pro­found expert­ise in meth­od­o­lo­gies of inter­views as well as an interest in eco­nomic data­bases, includ­ing an affin­ity for stat­ist­ical tools and map­ping are import­ant assets.

Require­ments for can­did­ate 2
A mas­ter’s degree (M.A.) or equi­val­ent in social anthro­po­logy, eth­no­logy or related dis­cip­line in the human­it­ies and social sci­ences is required by the time of appoint­ment. Espe­cially rel­ev­ant for the pro­ject is advanced know­ledge of the­or­ies and con­cepts of urban and infra­struc­tural anthro­po­logy, eth­no­graphy of mater­ial cul­ture (esp. con­struc­tion mater­i­als) or sci­ence and tech­no­logy stud­ies. Read­i­ness to con­duct field­work in the “Global South” (research stays up to six months), prefer­ably in sub-Saha­ran Africa, is a neces­sary pre­con­di­tion. There­fore pref­er­ence will be given to applic­ants with a pre­vi­ous train­ing/exper­i­ence in extra-European con­texts. Pro­found expert­ise in par­ti­cip­at­ory obser­va­tion and know­ledge of inter­view tech­niques and meth­od­o­lo­gies are import­ant assets.

Gen­eral require­ments
Lan­guage pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish is required. Advanced know­ledge of Ger­man, French, Span­ish, Por­tuguese, Dutch or other lan­guages rel­ev­ant to the doc­toral thesis is a fur­ther bene­fit. Both applic­ants should demon­strate abil­ity to con­duct field­work, show­ing sens­it­iv­ity towards diverse local act­ors and cir­cum­stances as well as under­stand­ing of envir­on­mental con­texts. The can­did­ates should be able to pur­sue chal­len­ging research in an inde­pend­ent man­ner, while also com­mit­ting to team­work. Pre­vi­ous inter­na­tional aca­demic exper­i­ence (study, research, pub­lic­a­tions, con­fer­ences etc.) is an asset. Resource­ful­ness in logistic and admin­is­trat­ive mat­ters is expec­ted.

What we of­fer:

The IRS is com­mit­ted to the prin­ciple of equal­ity of oppor­tun­it­ies. Female applic­ants are espe­cially encour­aged to apply. Applic­ants with dis­ab­il­it­ies with equi­val­ent qual­i­fic­a­tions and aptitude will be given pref­er­en­tial con­sid­er­a­tion. The IRS sup­ports the com­pat­ib­il­ity of career and fam­ily and was cer­ti­fied as a fam­ily-ori­ented employer in 2015.

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions in Eng­lish (unless oth­er­wise stated) must include:
1) cover let­ter (max. 500 words),
2) CV,
3) pos­i­tion piece demon­strat­ing how your pre­vi­ous research expert­ise and per­sonal interests are related to the pro­ject “Con­quer­ing (with) Con­crete” (max. 1,500 words, includ­ing ref­er­ences),
4) two writ­ing samples (one in Eng­lish, one prefer­ably in Ger­man/ French/ Span­ish/ Por­tuguese/ Dutch, if this is not pos­sible, then also the second text should be in Eng­lish; max. 5,000 words each),
5) offi­cially con­firmed dip­lo­mas/cer­ti­fic­ates (in Eng­lish/Ger­man, oth­er­wise a trans­la­tion is required),
6) if applic­able: cer­ti­fic­ates of employ­ment/job ref­er­ences (in Eng­lish/Ger­man, oth­er­wise a trans­la­tion is required),

7) names and con­tact inform­a­tion of two aca­demic ref­er­ees.

Please sub­mit all doc­u­ments in a single PDF (max. 2 MB) with the ref­er­ence num­ber 5420 for can­did­ate 1 (geo­graphy) or 5520 for can­did­ate 2 (social anthro­po­logy) to bewerbungen@leibniz-irs.de by 1 August 2020, 23:59 CET.

Until 15 August selec­ted can­did­ates will receive the invit­a­tion to present a poten­tial case study in a form of a 5-minute pitch with one slide, giv­ing insights in their the­or­et­ical and meth­od­o­lo­gical back­grounds.
Inter­views are sched­uled for 10 and 11 Septem­ber 2020 and will be con­duc­ted either in per­son in Erkner (on con­di­tion that the Covid-19 reg­u­la­tions will allow it) or via video call (Skype/Ms Teams).