Researcher / Postdoc (m/f/div)

The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) - research area “Conflict Dynamics in Border Regions” - is seeking to fill the position of

Researcher / Postdoc (m/f/div)

starting on 1 September 2020. This position comprises 100% of the collectively agreed working hours (39 hours/ week) according to TvöD 13 (Collective Agreement for the Public Service) as part of the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS). This position is limited to three years.

The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute. It focuses on socially relevant academic research on Eastern Europe and shares the results with policy-makers, the media and the broader public. ZOiS is one of the Principal Investigators (PI) in the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS).

SCRIPTS studies the contemporary controversies concerning the model of liberal democracy from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It connects the academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, and collaborates with research institutes around the world as well as political, cultural and societal facilities.

The postdoctoral project The Liberal Script in Ukraine's contested border regions  shall analyse to what extent the liberal script is challenged in border regions in general and what this means in particular for embattled and disputed border regions.

Your Responsibilities

► Coordinating and carrying out research work in the above-mentioned border regions and, within this framework, coordinating and collaborating with local researchers, who shall support the collection of data substantially
► Focusing on the day-to-day dimension of the border interwoven regional and trans-regional developments in the border regions
► Research visits to the border regions
► Collecting and analysing data, disseminating research results, and participating in workshops and conferences
► Collaborating with the researchers involved in the SCRIPTS 'Borders' research unit, integrating the project results in the further research agenda of SCRIPTS

Required Qualifications

► Completed academic university degree and doctorate in ethnology, ideally in the post-Soviet region
► Research experience and interest in the field of anthropology of the border, border area research, identities, ethnicity, translocality
► Detailed knowledge and experience with different ethnographic methods
► Proven knowledge of coordinating research projects
► Familiarity with qualitative data collection and analysis methods
► Excellent knowledge of Russian, business fluent in written and spoken English, advantage: knowledge of an additional language of the research region
► Keen interest and experience in dealing and working with different formats of presenting information (e.g. photography, art, literature) 

We offer an exciting, multi-faceted and responsible position in a family-friendly research institute.

We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, social origin, religion/belief, disability, age and sexual orientation and identity.

Applications from women and applicants with a migration background are strongly encouraged. Applicants with recognised disabilities will be considered with priority if they are equally suited to the position.

Please send your application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and certificates) in a PDF document (max. 6 MB) Re: SCRIPTS_01/2020 to bewerbung(at)zois-berlin(dot)de before 6 July 2020, should you be interested.

Please contact Ms. Emily Kleine for any further questions: emily.kleine(at)zois-berlin(dot)de.