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Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in the Study of Religion

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth, funded by the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, invites applications for a part-time position (75%) for a

Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) in the Study of Religion

to commence on November 1, 2019 or as soon as possible after this date. The contract period will be four years. If the personal and collectively agreed conditions are met, the salary will fall into the pay grade E 13 TV-L. The doctoral researcher will pursue her/his degree within the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), the graduate school of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence.

The position offers the opportunity to contribute to the project “Religious Engineering – The Making of Moralities, Development and Religion in Niger”, which is part of an ambitious research agenda that brings together various disciplines. The successful candidate is expected to develop and pursue a PhD project on Turkey-related charitable activism in Niger. Prerequisites for applications are a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the study of religion or a closely related field and the ability to co-design and conduct empirical fieldwork in Niger and Turkey. Also required is prior knowledge of Islam and Islamic organisations with a Turkish background, as well as a good command of French and Turkish.

The successful candidate needs to have the capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary research environment. Her/his tasks also include the provision of academic services within the project, such as the organisation of workshops and the independent supervision of research assistants. As the working language of the cluster is English, fluency in English (spoken and written) is required. German language skills are welcome but not a precondition.

The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and the University of Bayreuth view the diversity of its staff as an asset and are expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Women and persons who can help make the research profile of the cluster and the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Applications should include a cover letter mentioning the earliest possible start of contract, an academic CV, copies of degree certificates or diplomas, the contact data of two academic references, and a short outline of ideas concerning a possible PhD topic that fits the thematic requirements above. Applications should be sent electronically as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) to Prof. Dr. Paula Schrode (paula.schrode@uni-bayreuth.de). Review of applications will start on 30 September 2019 and continue until the position has been filled.

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