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Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

3 Postdoctoral (early career) Research Positions / 2 Writing-up Fellowships
Application Deadline Saturday, 15 October 2016
Organization The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle (Saale), Germany)
Location Max Plank Institut | Advokatenweg 36 | 06114 Halle (Saale), Germany
Language English
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Information PDF (Postdoctoral Research Positions)
PDF (Writing-up Fellowships)
Contact Janka Diallo: jdiallo@eth.mpg.de
Nadine Wagenbrett: wagenbrett@eth.mpg.de


The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is a leading centre for research in social anthropology. Com-mon to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is pri-marily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.

The Department of Law & Anthropology invites applications for 3 Postdoctoral (early career) Research Positions in the field of law & anthropology and 2 writing-up fellowships.

Please submit your application electronically by Saturday, 15 October 2016 by going to the MPI homepage (www.eth.mpg.de), clicking on ‘Career’, and following the link for ‘Vacancies’.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities In today’s world values and norms are circulating ever more intensely between various societies and cultures. This intensification calls for an in-depth assessment of the ways in which different normative orders and systems of morality coexist at various levels of decision-making worldwide. Research carried out in the Department fo-cuses on legal issues raised by this coexistence, it privileges studies that are based on the in situ study of practic-es, procedures, institutions and concepts examined within and across normative legal orders. For this round of positions, preference will be given to research proposals that focus on the European context.

Topics of particular interest include:
(1) the increasing interconnectedness of law and religion;
(2) divergent notions of justice in the face of cultural diversity;
(3) the ethnographic study of the workings of institutions of social regulation (in, inter alia, the fields of migration; kinship, family and household; neighborhoods; identity issues; property claims and their protection, etc.).

Postdoctoral (early career) Research Positions in the field of law & anthropology
1) an excellent PhD (or doctoral degree) in law, social or cultural anthropology, or other relevant discipline in the human sciences (received within the last five years);
2) clear evidence of familiarity with and knowledge of the topic to be addressed in the research proposal;
3) an interest in empirical field research (this can include relevant legal practice);
4) a solid publication record with articles in peer-reviewed journals.
5) language requirements: a good command of written and spoken English and evidence of relevant language skills (depending on the topic and the regional focus).

Amongst the flagship initiatives the Department is currently developing is a new project that seeks to collect judicial cases on religious and cultural diversity from different European countries. Postdoctoral researchers will be able to significantly contribute to the set-up and data collection from within their own fields to help build up this major research instrument. Successful applicants will also be expected to collaborate with the other colleagues in the Department, contribute to teamwork and a collegial atmosphere, and generally strive to ensure cross-fertilization within the Department.

The Department offers a stimulating interdisciplinary forum where both anthropologists and lawyers can engage with one another and conduct interdisciplinary, cutting-edge, and policy-relevant research on some of the more urgent socio-legal issues of today. The workplace is Halle/Saale (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany). Employment will be on a full-time contractual basis. Remuneration will be awarded in accordance with the German public service pay scale. The positions are awarded for three years, and are open to an extension, subject to a positive evaluation, for those envisaging a (German) ‘Habilitation’ degree.

Positions are to start in January 2017 (or later in 2017, depending on applicant’s commitments).

Writing-up Fellowships
The aim is to enable doctoral candidates in the final stage of their programme to spend up to 6 months at the Institute to take advantage of its resources in finalizing their dissertation. The topic must be of immediate relevance to the Department’s research programme, and the fellow must be prepared to participate in the activities of the Department during the fellowship period. A presentation of the doctoral research will be included in the Department’s seminar series. Clear arrangements have to be made with the candidate’s principal supervisor in advance in order to reach a clear understanding regarding how the candidate can take fullest advantage of this period, and how the home university and the Max Planck Institute can collaborate in the best interests of the candidate as well as of both institutions.

The writing-up fellowships can begin either in January or September 2017.

The grants will be awarded for a period of up to 6 months. The Institute provides successful candidates with a monthly living stipend that is not taxable and is free of social security stipulations.

Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute is available on our website: http://www.eth.mpg.de