For all positions, applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, socio-linguistics or another related social science discipline. Successful applicants’ research interests, experience and publications should be relevant to themes and topics within the Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity (see Currently the Department is especially looking to expand its work on diversities in Europe and Africa, particularly in urban contexts. This includes social scientific work on:

  • Concepts of, and responses to, ‘diversity’: among cities and urban actors, within organizations, in political life and institutions;
  • Ethnographies of urban super-diversity (including new contexts, emergent dynamics and methodological challenges);
  • Migration and diversification (particularly how these processes affect urban development);
  • Urban theory and social complexity (especially how population diversification shapes, and is shaped by, the nature of the urban);
  • Diversity under stress (whether as a result of populist or contentious politics, local autochthonous movements, the global erosion of refugee protections, etc.)
  • Encounters and interactions in complex social environments (including social relations across boundaries or social differences.

Further, we are generally interested in enhancing our research agendas on the social organization of difference in various milieus and settings. The Institute welcomes applications from researchers with either/both quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience. For those working on Africa, we particularly encourage applicants working in francophone and/or lusophone contexts, and/or those who embrace comparative work.

Very good spoken and written English is required. [The working language of the Institute is English, and publications in English-language academic journals and books are prioritized.]

Doctoral Fellows

Initial contracts will be for a period of two years and are renewable for up to an additional two years. Doctoral salaries are 50% of TVöD, level E 13.

NOTE: The Max Planck Institute does not itself have a doctoral programme, nor does it award PhDs. Some members of staff can however supervise PhDs.; Doctoral Fellows receive a salary and research support costs, but  not university fees. PhD students must be independently enrolled in universities and PhD programmes anywhere in the world; they are responsible for fulfilling all of the course and administrative requirements of their respective universities. Although Doctoral Fellows commonly pursue a doctorate at a University elsewhere, PhD Student presence at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen is required. In the cover letter, applicants for a doctoral position should provide an indication of the PhD programme in which they are enrolled or wish to enroll, and what degree requirements remain to be fulfilled. We welcome applications both from beginners and PhD-students at an advanced stage.

Deadline: January 11.

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