Research Associate Position in Sociology of Science (Germany) Deadline: June 15, 2019

Universität Hamburg

Application Deadline

June 15, 2019

Career Commencement

October 01, 2019


3 Years

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The Offer

Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in northern Germany. As one of the country’s largest universities, Universität Hamburg offers a diverse range of degree programs and excellent research opportunities.

The two open positions for Research Associates invited by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Science (WISO)/ Department of Social Sciences/ Institute of Sociology, are fixed-term contracts in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labour contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years. The position calls for 65 % of standard work hours per week. Ambitious candidates are invited to apply to work in the project “CLICCS – Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” In the Field of Sociology of Science. CLICCS is an ambitious research program at Universität Hamburg and its partner institutions. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it is part of Germany’s Excellence Strategy.

The program aims to understand climate changes, taking into account internal variability, extreme events, and unexpected side effects, addressing the natural and social spheres as well as their interactions. Thus CLICCS’ overarching research question is: which climate futures are possible and which are plausible? CLICCS will investigate how climate changes and how society changes with it, thereby feeding back on climate. It will identify those climate futures that are consistent with both climate and social dynamics (possible), and those we expect to unfold with appreciable probability (plausible).

Duties of the Research Associates include academic services in the project. Research associates may also pursue independent research. They will contribute to the analysis of scientific constructions of climate futures in the framework of the CliCCS project B1 “Social constructions of climate futures”. Specific duties include:

  • Designing and conducting empirical research on the role of science and scientists in the construction of climate futures. One of the following relevant research interests is desirable: how scientists imagine the future through and beyond climate modelling and IPCC scenarios, their role in media communication and scientific policy advice and the co-construction of climate futures with stakeholder communities;
  • Connecting and integrating their research with other research carried out in the B1 project;
  • Presentation of research at international conferences and publication of research results in relevant international journals.

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Eligibility/ Requirements

Requirements include:

  • A university degree in a relevant field. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology, STS or related academic fields with very good grades
  • Advanced knowledge in sociological and STS theories and debates
  • Good proficiency in techniques of empirical research, esp. qualitative methods such as ethnographic methods, interview techniques and content analysis
  • Prior knowledge in the sociology of the future is desirable
  • Capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • German language skills are suitable but not necessary.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

Application Process

Applications should include the following documents submitted as one single PDF file, marked PhD B1-Rödder:

  • a cover letter
  • a research outline (max 2p.) of a sociological contribution to the B1 project,
  • a curriculum vitae, and
  • copies of degree certificate(s),

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Please do not submit original documents as the University is not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Simone Rödder or consult the website. Interviews will take place in late June 2019.


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