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CfA - Two 5-year Postdoctoral Researcher Positions

The research- and teaching area Political Theory is seeking to fill two positions as Postdoctoral Researchers (full time) for up to 5 years.

Bildschirmfoto 2021 02 11 um 20.29.19The research- and teaching area Political Theory is seeking to fill two positions as Postdoctoral Researchers (full time) for up to 5 years.


Starting date

As soon as possible



  • Conducting research and teaching, with an emphasis on systematic Political Theory or the History of Political Thought;

  • supporting the development and internationalization of the research and teaching unit of Political Theory through publications, the organization of lecture series, workshops and conferences, third-party funding initiatives etc.;

  • coordinating the international fellowship program of the research unit;

  • taking part in the academic self-administration;

  • The position entails the opportunity for further scientific qualification (habilitation)



An excellent doctoral degree in Political Science or a related field, especially in the field of Political Theory and the History of Political Thought is mandatory. The desireable criteria include:

  • Profound expertise in research and teaching

    (1) either in the field of systematic political theory, for example on questions of democratic theory or critical social theory;
    (2) or in the field of the history of political thought, for example research on the concept of freedom, the history of ideas of colonialism or revolution;
  • Engaging with intersectional perspectives, especially with queer-feminist and/or postcolonial critique

  • Creative research agenda which is linked to international scientific debates (demonstrated e.g. through high-level publications in peer-reviewed journals)

  • Experience and commitment to academic teaching, didactic competences

  • Very good command of English, both in writing and in speaking; knowledge of Germanis an asset

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work autonomously; intellectual enthusiasm and open-mindedness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team and accommodating of diverse views


Salary is approximately 4000€ per month according to salary group E13 TVL. For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the English version of our website.



Applications should include a motivation letter, your CV including two academic referees, a draft of your teaching and research ideas for one of the two fields mentioned above (2500 words), academic certificates and one research article in English. The application deadline is March 10, 2021. Please submit your application quoting the reference number AN/029/21 via email as one PDF file (max. 5MB) to Prof Dr. Christian Volk:


Please find the PDF version of this announcement here. The legally binding German version of the job announcement can be found here.