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The Georg Eckert Institut for International Textbook Research in

Braunschweig, a member of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Research

Association (WGL), is seeking applicants to fill the following vacancy,

starting on 1 February 2013


Postdoctoral Fellowship


With expertise in Religious and/or Islamic Studies


This full-time position is subject to a funding application and

corresponds to the standard pay scale within the German public sector

(in this case, TVL E-13). The contract will initially be limited to a

three-year period, in line with the regulations on fixed-term academic

contracts but may, if circumstances allow, be extended.


Duties and responsibilities


The holder of this fellowship will be asked to develop a project about

educational media that addresses the research topic of łReligion,

Religiosity and Modern Individuality˛, studying the dynamics of a

changing religious field in heterogenic societies. The project will be

part of a new research department that explores the position of

educational media within the contexts of religious pluralization and

heterogenization. Its major research interest is in studying the

relationship between various forms of individualizations on the on

hand, and on the other, religious and non-religious narratives about

society and the individual that constitute meaning and orientation. The

regional focus of the project will be determined by the expertise and

language competence of the candidate.


The main parts of the fellowąs activity will consist of independent

research, leading towards further academic qualification and the

supervision of a junior research group, dealing with topics related to

the fellowąs research areas. International comparative perspectives are

particularly welcome. In addition, the fellow will be asked to take

over to a certain degree general administrative duties of the

Institute. A fellow who is not a German native speaker will be required

to take lessons to acquire basic knowledge of German.


Required Qualifications




– An outstanding doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil) in Religious and/or

Islamic Studies (with a particular interest in social science

approaches in both disciplines)


– Skills in designing and writing applications for research projects


– The ability to take on leadership roles and the supervision of junior



– Excellent spoken and written English


– Self-confidence in international arenas


– Attention to high quality, reliability and the ability to work in a



– Strong commitment to the aims of the Institute, the ability to work

under pressure, and flexibility in time management


The post


This is an extremely interesting and multi-faceted position in a

non-university research institution, operating on an international

level, which combines research and knowledge transfer with regards to

the study of school textbooks and educational media, with a special

focus on applying cultural studies (Kulturwissenschaften). The Georg

Eckert Institute cooperates with the universities of Braunschweig and

Göttingen allowing its members of staff to supervise doctoral and

post-doctoral students.


The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research actively

implements equality of opportunity policies. Applicants with severe

disabilities who hold equal qualifications and skills will be given

preferential consideration. The fellowship is not meant to be taken as

a part-time position.  The location of work is Braunschweig.



Please send your application (in German or English) via email as one

PDF document (max. 3 MB) with the subject keyword ŚPostdoc Religioną to: The closing date is 30 November 2012.


For further information please contact Dr. Andreas Christmann

(, tel. ++49-531-123103251).

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