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Leader of a Junior Research Group at the Leibniz Institute of East and South East European Studies

The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)
Regensburg, Germany
Application Deadline: 27 February, 2017

The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) invites applications for an open position as leader of the junior research group “Frozen and Unfrozen Conflicts”
(public pay scale TV‐L E 14) on a full‐time basis. The appointment will be initially for 3 years starting as soon as possible.

The junior research group “Frozen and unfrozen conflicts” has been established in 2016 and comprises four researchers (1 postdoc researcher, 2 doctoral students, 1 position in Digital
Humanities) in addition to the group’s leader. The research group conducts comparative research on territorial conflicts and their backgrounds in the area of the former Soviet Union
and the former Yugoslavia (http://www.ios‐regensburg.de/en/research/frozen‐andunfrozen‐conflicts.html).

The main tasks of the leader of the junior research group are:

  • guidance of the junior research group
  • own research and publications (possible within a habilitation project)
  • organization and management of academic events
  • implementation of knowledge transfer measures
  • support of young scholars at IOS

Prerequisites for the job are:

  • an excellent PhD in political science or a cognate discipline (completed since no more
  • than 8 years)
  • excellent knowledge of English and at least basic knowledge of German
  • relevant research experience
  • international visibility
  • convincing research plan

Experience with supporting young scholars as well as the knowledge of an East or Southeast European language are assets for the application.

Furthermore, we expect:

  • a willingness for interdisciplinary cooperation
  • the use of comparative perspectives
  • management experience, the ability to work in a team and strong communication skills

The appointment is initially limited to 3 years, with the possibility to prolong for another 3 years in case of excellent achievements. In the long term, IOS plans to develop its own
graduate programme.

The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) is an independent, international and interdisciplinary area studies institute researching the historical, economic
and political development of East and Southeast Europe (www.ios‐regensburg.de). Since January 1, 2017, IOS is member of the Leibniz Association. Close cooperation with the
University of Regensburg and other universities offers the possibility to pursue a habilitation while being employed at IOS.

IOS Regensburg is an equal opportunity employer. It is a strategic aim of IOS to increase the number of women in senior management positions.

Applications are invited online via the IOS application portal, see:  http://www.iosregensburg.de/en/vacancies.html

Documents include: cover letter, CV, lists of publications, conference presentations and talks, list of courses taught, relevant certificates, research
proposal (5 pages max.), PDFs of two published articles, and two references.

Deadline for applications: February 27, 2017
Appointments for interviews will be scheduled most likely in calendar week 12.
For further information please contact the director of IOS, Prof. Ulf Brunnbauer: brunnbauer@ios‐regensburg.de or the head of administration, Angelika Zausinger:

8 Doctoral Positions in Economic Sociology and Political Economy

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
University of Cologne
Cologne, Germany
Application Deadline: 28 February, 2017

The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) is a three-and-a-half-year doctoral program offered jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) and the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen as an associated partner.

IMPRS-SPCE offers:

  • Library of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG).
  • The opportunity or work in a stimulating intellectual environment within an international research community
  • Excellent courses in economic sociology and political economy for exceptionally talented graduate students
  • Methods courses tailored to students' needs, where you learn the specific methods you need for your project
  • Feedback from experienced research advisors
  • Excellent research facilities
  • Instruction in English
  • International learning and working experiences in dynamic Cologne, Germany
  • Exchange with partner institutions in France (including a dual degree opportunity), Italy and the United States
  • Financial support for up to 42 months
  • Further funds for stays abroad, fieldwork, conference trips or transcription costs
  • A six months wrap-up postdoc upon successful completion of the program allowing additional time for publishing or teaching and applying for postdoc positions

Structure of the Program
During the first year, students complete foundational course work to strengthen their theoretical background and methodological skills. They also submit a first-year paper about their doctoral thesis. Students discuss their first-year paper in a joint workshop with the IMPRS Faculty at the end of the first year. On the basis of this evaluation, the faculty decides whether students’ work contracts/scholarships will be extended through the end of the program.
Studying at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). During the first six months, all new IMPRS students work in an office at the MPIfG. After this period students with advisors at the University of Cologne or the University of Duisburg-Essen move to their advisor's institution.
The second phase of the program is dedicated to thesis research and writing. These years provide a structure of guided independence, allowing students to concentrate on their research and receive feedback through exchange with peers, advisors, and other scholars.
Students have the chance to spend up to four months at the school's American, Italian or French partner universities or to pursue a double doctorate from the University of Cologne and Sciences Po, Paris.
There are several opportunities to present research in progress to peers and scholars. This refers to colloquium presentations (especially in the second year) as well as to participation in an international conference (usually in the third year). A special highlight is the International Max Planck Summer Conference on Economy, Politics and Society where selected third year students have the chance to discuss their work with leading senior scholars in their field as well as doctoral students from the IMPRS partner universities worldwide.
Students may participate in German language courses and our professional development program including courses on academic publishing, scientific writing in English, and computer programs.