Call for Applications: 2 Post-Doctoral Research Fellows (MWF Delhi)

Bewerbungsschluss: 23. September 2022

The two posts shall begin earliest on 1 November 2022. These are both fixed term vacancies, which following the successful completion of a probation period of 6 months, would end after 2 years.

The Max Weber Stiftung is a public-funded, German humanities and social science research foundation with institutes and branch offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. It was established in India in 2014 to engage in Indo-German collaborative research in the humanities and social sciences and to provide support to Indo-German research networks and collaborations in these fields.

The 2 research fellows will independently undertake research projects in the field of Asian infrastructures, with a special emphasis on the Bay of Bengal littoral states and area, and its relationship with the wider world. The topic “infrastructures” is broadly defined including (but not only) knowledge networks, health infrastructures, migration infrastructures, port and other transport infrastructures, digital and financial infrastructure networks and nodes. Within the study of infrastructures, we are looking for applications that broadly fall within two of our research focus areas:

Research fellow 1: Economy and knowledge

Knowledge and information constitute one of the fundamental underlying features of economic activity, and are important in shaping a wide range of economic interactions, including among others in valuation, decision-making, and the navigation of uncertainty through risk, trust, hope, or forms of certifying knowledge. Infrastructures of knowledge and information constitute a framework of signifiers that informs individual and collective economic decisions and, at the same time, allows for the communication of behavioral patterns, thus stabilizing economic relations. We are looking for research projects seeking to explore the relationship of economic behavior and knowledge/information and their relationship to economic infrastructures broadly defined, extending for instance into questions of exchange, finance and insurance, logistics, transport and migration, production, and consumption.

Research fellow 2: Knowledge production and circulation

Beyond the study of its dissemination and acquisition that constitutes the main areas of inquiry in Education Studies, knowledge is being produced, circulated, and medialized. The process of knowledge production and circulation is substantially shaped by its infrastructural setup, including among others institutions like research and education facilities, media and social media organizations, but also other and (in the contemporary period) often less conspicuous forums for social interaction. In turn, infrastructures for knowledge production and circulation are politically, socially, and morally regulated, thus creating specific contexts for their operation that define to a significant extent how knowledge is produced and circulated. We are looking for research projects seeking to inquire into the infrastructural foundations of knowledge production and its circulation, and their operation within and across social and political contexts.

We are looking for applications from historical and social science disciplines, especially history, anthropology, and sociology, but extending to neighboring disciplines. Both fellows are expected to work in collaboration not only with the research team at Max Weber Stiftung, Delhi, but also with a collaborative research program of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and the German Institute of Japanese Studies, Tokyo, as well as other participating institutes of Max Weber Stiftung. Both fellows will be expected to interact regularly with researchers within this collaborative initiative, including travel to Singapore, funded by Max Weber Stiftung, Delhi.

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The fellows will report directly and be accountable to the Director, Max Weber Stiftung, Delhi.

Tasks shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • Carrying out a research project independently
  • Participating in academic activities of Max Weber Stiftung, Delhi
  • Dissemination of research results through lectures, workshop organisation/ participation, and publications in formats with scientific quality assurance
  • Collaboration with research partners in joint research initiatives 
  • Undertaking other research related tasks as necessary and as agreed with the Director

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree in Social Sciences/Humanities
  • Experience in conducting historical and/or social science research
  • Experience in carrying out research projects independently
  • Knowledge of the German/European research landscape would be an added advantage but not essential
  • Experience in disseminating research output nationally and/or internationally

Salary would be based on the salary scheme of the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in New Delhi.

The successful candidate will be employed by the Max Weber Stiftung, which is a family- friendly, equal opportunity employer dedicated to fostering workplace equality for men and women. In our selection procedures, we carefully consider the individual interests of all applicants. Where candidates are equal in terms of suitability, competence and professional performance, we fill the advertised position in accordance with the Federal Equal Opportunities Act (Bundesgleichstellungsgesetz) and, in the case of persons with a significant disability as defined in German law, in accordance with the Federal Social Code Act (SGB IX). We also work towards redressing existing imbalances, therefore we strongly encourage women to apply and give equally qualified women preference over men. To the extent possible, flexibility of working hours will be considered.

Please send your application with the following:

  1. Cover letter (1 page), outlining your research experience and academic qualifications
  2. CV (including a list of publications)
  3. 3 academic references (the names of the 3 referees along with their affiliations and emails would be sufficient)
  4. Project description (maximum 2 pages)
  5. Copy of Ph.D. degree or a letter from supervisor/department head confirming all requirements for the Ph.D. degree will have been completed at the latest by the commencement of the position.

Please send the above by email in a PDF format with the subject line ‘Application for Research Fellow 1’ or ‘Application for Research Fellow 2’ by 23 September 2022. The cover letter should be addressed to Dr Sebastian Schwecke (MWF Delhi) (vacancy[at] Postal applications will not be accepted. 

Interviews will be conducted via video-conference on 27-28 October 2022. Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted (by 20 October 2022).

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