Postdoctoral Fellowship with a focus on the study of Muslim Societies

The Georg Eckert Institut for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig (Brunswick), a member of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Association (WGL), is seeking applicants to fill the following vacancy, starting on 1 January 2012

Postdoctoral Fellowship with a focus on the study of Muslim Societies

This full-time position is subject to a funding application, and corresponds to the standard pay scale within the German public sector (in this case, TVL E-13). The contract will initially be limited to a three-year period, in line with the regulations on fixed-term academic contracts but may, if circumstances allow it, be extended.

Duties and responsibilities

The holder of this fellowship will be asked to develop a project about educational media that addresses the relationship between Muslim societies and Europe by taking into account the ethnic and religious diversity in Europe. The project will be part of a new Research Department that explores the position of educational media within the contexts of globalisation. The main parts of the fellow’s activity will consist of independent research, leading towards further academic qualification and the supervision of a junior research group, dealing with topics related to the fellow’s research areas. International comparative perspectives are particularly welcome. In addition, the fellow will be asked to take over to a certain degree general administrative duties of the Institute. A fellow who is not a German native speaker will be required to take lessons to acquire basic knowledge of German.

Required Qualifications

Essential

– An outstanding doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil) in the social sciences, the arts and humanities

– Skills in designing and writing applications for research projects

– The ability to take on leadership roles and the supervision of junior researchers

– Excellent spoken and written English

– Self-confidence in international arenas

– Attention to high quality, reliability and the ability to work in a team

– Strong commitment to the aims of the Institute, the ability to work under pressure, and flexibility in time management

Desirable

– Work experience in research teams at universities or research institutes/ academies

– Knowledge of Arabic

The post

This is an extremely interesting and multi-faceted position in a non-university research institution, operating on an international level, which combines research and knowledge transfer with regards to the study of school textbooks and educational media, with a special focus on applying cultural sciences (Kulturwissenschaften). The Georg Eckert Institute cooperates with the universities of Braunschweig and Göttingen allowing its members of staff to supervise doctoral and post-doctoral students. The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research actively implements equality of opportunity policies.

Applicants with severe disabilities who hold equal qualifications and skills will be given preferential consideration. The fellowship is not meant to be taken as a part-time position. The location of work is Braunschweig. Please send your application (in German or English) via email as one PDF document (max. 3 MB) with the subject keyword ‘postdoc’

to: sekretariat@gei.de. The closing date is 31 October 2011.

For further information please contact Sabine Lucia Müller (sabine.lucia.mueller@gei.de, tel. 0531-590 99 49).

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