The University of Konstanz belongs to the universities in Germany whose “Future concepts for top-class research at universities” is promoted within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.
The “Cultural Foundations of Integration” Center of Excellence was established in 2006 at the University of Konstanz with funding from the German Federal and State Excellence Initiative. The Center views itself as an interdisciplinary, globally integrated network supporting original research projects centered on questions of integration and disintegration in a framework of cultural studies and method.
At the Center of Excellence, research is brought together from the fields of history, literary and media studies, political science, administration, and law, and from philosophy, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, and cultural theory.
The Center of Excellence invites applications for the following positions, to be filled as soon as possible:
10 doctoral positions in the doctoral program on
“Europe in the Globalized World”
(Salary scale EG 13 TV-L / 50%-70%)
The positions are limited to an initial 3 year period, with option of renewal.
Note on structure of the program:
This interdisciplinary program has been conceived as a research unit consisting of 2 post-docs,10 doctoral students, and professors from all the disciplines participating in the Center. The junior researchers will be integrated into both the Center’s research contexts and the departments of the disciplines with which they are associated. Supervisory emphasis lies in the disciplines of ethnology, history, sociology, literature, and cultural theory. The twofold research-integration will structurally assure coordinated support and supervision.
Global shifts of power have meant that Europe’s position in the world is under discussion in a fundamental way. In line with this development, the focus of the program’s research will be on the premises and scope of transnational cohesion-development in the tense field comprising cultural diversity and economic, political, social, and (media-)technical global interrelations. A central goal of the program is to contribute to a differentiated understanding of Europe’s position in global transformative processes.
Preparation of a dissertation in a milieu characterized by interdisciplinary openness and an international orientation; regular participation in joint colloquia; participation in additional joint activities of the program (workshops, conferences, etc.).
Required application documents as two separate PDF files:
- Exposé (maximum 12 pages) containing an outline of applicant’s research project. This exposé will be pre-evaluated in an anonymous procedure. For this reason, please refrain in the exposé from any references or information of a personal nature (age, origin, gender, etc.).
- Cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief abstract of M.A. thesis or equivalent, if possible publication list. Please include a description of your particular motivation for writing a Ph.D. thesis in the framework of the new doctoral program.
The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer and tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.
The University of Konstanz has been certified by the Hertie Foundation to be a family-friendly institution. The University is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.
The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 (0) 7531 / 88 − 4895).
Please send your application together with completed documents, in German or English
, in electronic form (2 separate PDF files, the exposé without identification of applicant’s name), specifying reference number 2012/106
, by 1 August 2012
at the latest, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your application!