Postdoctoral Position: „Government Practices, Resistance and Legal Consciousness at the Margins of the State“

Deadline for Applications: 01.10.2019.

Within the framework of its research group “Sociology of Law” – newly established in cooperation with the Chair for Sociology of Law at the University of Bern –, the Hamburg Institute for Social Research is looking to recruit a

Research Associate / PostDoc (f/m/d)
(full-time, 100%)

The position is available as of 01.01.2020 and initially limited to a period of three years.

The newly founded research group on the Sociology of Law led by Prof. Dr. Tobias Eule, Professor for Sociology of Law at the University of Bern, will provide a space in which practices and ideas of law can be critically analyzed in order to shed light on complex social phenomena. The aim is not to examine law for its own sake, but to use it as a “lens” to illuminate sociological questions. The projects (to be carried out independently within the framework of employment) are concerned with phenomena at the margins of the state and statehood, and focus on government practices, legal consciousness and resistance at the margins of the state. Particularly welcome are proposals for projects that – while based in the fields of sociology, history, political science, law or anthropology – are seeking an interdisciplinary context for discussion. Preference is further given to innovative approaches that concentrate on topics as yet under-researched within the field(s) of the sociology (anthropology, history) of law, and/or examine well-researched empirical phenomena with new theoretical approaches. This explicitly includes studies focusing both on the Global South and on the transatlantic "West".

Further information on the research group “Sociology of Law” can be found here.

Your qualifications:

  • a doctorate/PhD (with above-average final grade) in sociology, law, anthropology, history, political science or a related discipline
  • experience with independent (qualitative or quantitative) empirical research
  • high proficiency in both spoken and written English; a good working knowledge of written and spoken German is desirable, but no ultimate requirement

Benefits of working with us:

  • a remuneration comparable to salary group E13 TV-L (collective tariff agreement for the public sector) in accordance with our in-house tariff
  • a budget for travel, books and other research related expenses geared to the needs of the research project
  • a company pension scheme for old-age provision
  • the flexibility needed for a family-friendly arrangement of working hours
  • opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching at the University of Bern

The Hamburg Institute for Social Research advocates diversity of perspectives and equal opportunities and strives for a balanced gender relationship in all areas.

Please send your application consisting of
- a cover letter,
- a curriculum vitae,
- certificates and transcripts of records,
- 2 academic references,
- an academic work sample and
- a research sketch (up to 5 pages),

all bundled in one PDF document, to bewerbung(at)
The deadline for applications is 01.10.2019.

Should you have any questions with respect to this job advert, please do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mail address provided above.