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Job Opening: University of Innsbruck 2 Phd Positions in Sociology Project “Postsecular Conflicts”

University of Innsbruck 2 Phd Positions in Sociology Project “Postsecular Conflicts”

Successful candidates will conduct qualitative sociological research in the context of an interdisciplinary research project and will write their dissertations in sociology.


Controversies over questions such as gender equality, bioethics, and the role of religion in society have shown a disruptive potential across many societies. They have also become the subject of transnational political contestation. The “Postsecular Conflicts” project will study such debates between liberal and conservative political and religious actors over moral and religious issues in international institutions such as the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and forums of inter-religious dialogue.
The doctoral students in this project will do qualitative sociological research in the field under the supervision of the principal investigator and will write a dissertation congruent with the project’s aims.

Nr of positions available : 2

Research Fields

Sociology – Sociology of religion
Anthropology – Social anthropology
Political sciences – Governance

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research Profiles

First Stage Researcher (R1)



Earliest start date: 01.05.2016
Latest start date: 01.09.2016
Duration: 4 years (not renewable).
Salary: ca. 28.300,00 € per year

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Please submit:

  • CV with list of publications
  • Motivation letter
  • 1 letter of recommendation by university professor (in English or Russian)
  • 1 writing sample not exceeding 15 pages (in English)

Master Degree or equivalent  in Sociology, Political sciences, Religious Studies, Anthropology
Required Languages ENGLISH, RUSSIAN