Doctoral Researcher Position at Free University Berlin
The Doctoral Researcher will join the ERC Starting Grant project LOOPS
on the logistic of protest camps in competitive authoritarian regimes.
The position provides an opportunity for both independent and
collaborative research within an ambitious project while working in a
small research team in Berlin. The salary will be paid at a E 13 TV-L
level as defined by German public sector regulations. The position is
limited to 48 months, full-time. Part-time appointment is possible.
The goal of the research project is to investigate the backstage of
popular uprisings to engage with important and fundamental questions
about the course, the legitimacy, and the impact of popular uprisings in
authoritarian settings. LOOPS focusses on three distinct research
interests with different methodological approaches: First, based on a
theoretical framework of the professionalization of protest logistics,
LOOPS will create a comprehensive dataset on protest logistics in
authoritarian regimes. We will collect original data on the type,
quantity, and professionalism of back-stage logistics based on the
analysis of social media images. Second, we will complement this broad
comparative perspective with case studies on the organizational and
financial support of these logistics. And third, LOOPS will test the
effects of the differences in the backstage of popular uprisings on
autocratic resilience and sustainable democratic development.
Responsibilities for the doctoral researcher position include conducting
empirical research for Work Package 1 and Work Package 2 of the research
project (image analysis, case studies), working on joint research
publications, join different project activities, as well as supporting
the organization of workshops and events within the framework of the
Completed university degree in political science, social science or
• Graduate degree in any social science discipline, e.g. political
science or sociology, as well as related fields.
• Fluency in English. German is not a must.
• Solid background in quantitative and qualitative research methods of
• Interest in conducting research and writing a PhD thesis in the area
of social movements and protests in authoritarian regimes.
• work experience in complex political settings is highly valued.
Application Deadline: 29.01.2024
Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant
documents, indicating the reference code *(*LOOPS_DoctoralResearcher),
in PDF format (preferably as one document) to Frau Dr. Anna Fruhstorfer:
email@example.com or postal to
Freie Universität Berlin
Frau Dr. Anna Fruhstorfer
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)
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Dr. Rebecca Kittel
Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for East European Studies
Garystr. 55 - Room 222
14195 Berlin, Germany
WZB Berlin Social Sience Center
Center for Civil Society Research
10785 Berlin, Germany
Please kindly note: The research team of Prof. Dr Sonja Grimm, Chair of International Relations and European Studies, Institute of Political Science and Sociology, Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg, Germany seeks to hire
starting from 15 April 2024 for the duration of 3 years (with an option of prolongation of 3 years within the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz)
a postdoctoral researcher (m/f/x)
(salary scale TV-L 13, 100% employment)
We seek to hire a researcher at the postdoc level for the team of the Chair of International Relations and European Studies. The hired candidate will work on an individual research project within the expertise of the chair, teach in the Department’s Bachelor and Master programs, collaborate to acquire third-party funded research projects, and complete a habilitation thesis within the duration of the employment. The planned habilitation thesis project should be an innovative individual research project that is well connected to the Chair’s main foci of research that include:
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Your application should include a cover letter explaining how you fulfil the above criteria, a CV, certificates, a list of publications, a description of your planned research project (max. 4 pages) to be conducted in the next three to five years, up to two references (no letters please, contact details are sufficient), and your PhD thesis. Please make sure that your referees can be contacted shortly after the submission deadline. Please hand in your complete application latest by 15 February 2024 to Prof Dr Sonja Grimm via Email [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Please hand in all documents in exactly two files: one includes the PhD thesis, the other one all your other documents in the indicated order (both files please sized no more than 10 MB).
Questions as regards the position can be addressed to Sonja Grimm via the same email address. Job interviews will be scheduled shortly after the submission deadline for late February/early March.
Alternatively, application documents may be sent as hard copies to:
Prof. Dr. Sonja Grimm, Chair of International Relations and European Studies, Institute for Political Science and Sociology, Wittelsbacherplatz 1, 97074 Würzburg, Germany. Please send copies of documents only. For cost reasons, application documents cannot be returned. Documents will be destroyed as soon as the selection procedure has been completed. If you enclose a postage-paid envelope, the application documents will be returned to you by three months after the end of the selection procedure.
The University of Würzburg is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age. The JMU aims to reduce the underrepresentation of women and therefore explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Severely handicapped applicants will be given preferential consideration in the case of broadly equal suitability, ability and professional achievements.
Please also feel free to forward this job posting to interested and reliable scholars in your networks. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Prof Dr. Sonja Grimm
Co-Coordinator and Scientific Lead of EMBRACE, a Horizon-Europe funded research consortium, at the University of Konstanz, Germany
Professor for International Relations and European Studies at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany (starting 1 October 2023)