Position Available

45,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster (WWU). Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.

The interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics: Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany, is offering a position as a

Doctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 65%)

commencing on 1 December 2022. We are offering a fixed-term, part-time (65% FTE) position. Currently, the regular working time for full-time (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week. The position is available for three years (until 30 September 2025). The call is for applicants from the social sciences (psychology, political sciences and sociology) with a focus on quantitative methods. All doctoral projects will be supervised by professors affiliated with the Cluster.

Successful candidates will join the Graduate School of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation”. The Cluster is an interdisciplinary research association with a thematic focus on the interplay of religion, political processes and social change. Disciplines involved include political science, sociology, psychology, history, Catholic and Protestant theology, law, Islamic studies and theology, Jewish studies, Egyptology, classical and early Christian archaeology, philosophy, philology, art history and ethnology. For more information on the structure and research outline of the Cluster, please refer to www.religion-und-politik.de/en/proposal.

Your tasks:

  • working towards a doctorate in one of the above-mentioned social science disciplines
  • planning and conducting empirical studies, including the coordination of student assistants
  • conducting statistical analyses and preparing research reports
  • drafting of scientific articles for publication in international peer-reviewed journals
  • participation in the Cluster’s structured Doctoral Studies Programme

Further information about the Graduate School and its study program can be found at: www.uni-muenster.de/Religion-und-Politik/en/graduiertenschule/.

Our expectations:

  • A graduate degree in one of the above-mentioned social science disciplines is required.
  • Experience in different data collection methods (e.g., surveys, experiments, observations and natural language processing), data structures (e.g., individual, dyadic, group and longitudinal) and a broad set of data analytic techniques (e.g., multivariate regressions, structural equation modelling and multi-level modelling) is required.
  • Strong competence in interdisciplinary studies including the ability to communicate one’s research in a variety of forums and the potential to establish oneself in international arenas is desirable.
  • Good command of written and spoken English is required.
  • German language skills would be advantageous but are not a requirement. In order to facilitate communication and collaboration within the Graduate School, applicants who are not proficient in German will be encouraged and supported to attend German language courses.

Advantages for you:

  • working in a cooperative and dynamic research environment
  • a very good research infrastructure and expert support in conducting competitive empirical research
  • integration into national and international scientific networks, including participation in national and international conferences
  • support from renowned researchers with experience in publishing in top-tier journals, obtaining competitive research funds, and in successful promotion of young researchers

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all
applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or ideology,
disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly
working conditions and offer part-time options for most positions.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the
proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women.
Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Julia Simoleit (nachwuchsfoerderungEXC@uni-muenster.de).

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31 August 2022.

Applicants are kindly asked to describe their research experiences and interests and outline how they connect with the Cluster’s fields of research in a motivation letter.

Please send this letter together with a CV, copies of certificates, and any existing publications or working papers (if available) in a single PDF file, with the file name "SURNAME_EXC-PhD", to the Graduate School Coordinator, Dr Julia Simoleit:

Dr Julia Simoleit
University of Münster
Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation“
Johannisstraße 1-4
48143 Münster

Email: nachwuchsfoerderungEXC@uni-muenster.de