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10 Research Positions (Doctoral Researchers) Bielefeld University, Faculty of Sociology

10 Research Positions Bielefeld University, Faculty of Sociology

About the Research Training Group

As part of the RTG 2225/2 World Politics: the emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society, ten PhD positions are available at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, ten PhD positions (research associate, 65%, 36 months) are available as of 01.10.23. Application deadline 15 April 2023.

The Research Training Group focuses on the emergence of world politics as a distinct field of the political embedded in a world society environment. Rather than reducing world politics and its history to a range of dominant organisational forms, such as nation-states or empires, and the relations between them, the group adopts a comprehensive perspective covering the processes and practices that underpin the emergence of world politics as a highly complex social realm. Accordingly, it builds on the expertise of different fields – International Relations, Sociology (world society theories), Global History, and International Law, in order to situate itself in, as well as contribute to, a fast-growing international research landscape of ‘global historical sociology’.

The research tasks include:

  • implementation of a research project related to the Research Training Group’s programme and the corresponding preparation of a research report/publication
  • participation in the academic programme of the Research Training Group
  • participation in the obligatory programme of events

The Research Training Group offers doctoral students the opportunity to carry out their doctoral projects in a closely networked research environment. In addition to employment, some financial support will be provided for the organisation of workshops, for travel to conferences and for research stays abroad. In case of completing the doctorate within three years, there is also the possibility of applying for subsequent post-doc start-up financial support.

Employment is conducive to scientific qualification.

Your profile

We expect:

  • completed scientific university degree (Master/Magister, Diploma or equivalent) in political science, international relations, history, sociology or law
  • ability and willingness for preparation of a research report/publication in the fields of political science/international relations, history, sociology or law, which contribute to the Research Training Group research programme (for further information on the research programme see: (
  • excellent command of English (the group’s working language is English)
  • commitment and motivation
  • independent, self-reliant and committed work
  • distinctive organisational and coordination skills
  • cooperative and a team-oriented way of working

Preferred experience and skills:

  • scientific publications in the subject area of the Research Training Group

We offer

  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term (36 months) (§ 2 (1) of the WissZeitVG ; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
  • part-time 65 %
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • variety of health, consulting and prevention services
  • reconcilability of family and work
  • flexible working hours
  • job ticket for regional public transport network, good transport connection
  • supplementary company pension
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting and varied activities
  • modern working environment with digital processes
  • diverse offers (canteen, cafeteria, restaurants, university shop, cash machines, etc.)

Application Procedure

We are looking forward to receiving your application (incl. cover letter, CV, research proposal (max. 10 pages)) in English language. For full consideration, your application should be received via either email (a single PDF document is required) sent to or post (see postal address). Please mark your application with the identification code: Wiss22807. Please note that the possibility of privacy breaches and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be excluded when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. For Information on the processing of personal data

application deadline: 15.04.2023