Research and Teaching Associate-School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dresden, (DE)
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 20 February 2020
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

At TU Dresden, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, in the Research Priority Area 'Culture and Societal Change', three positions of

Research and Teaching Associate
“Support the Best Postdoc”

(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

are to be filled at the earliest possible date for a period of 24 months. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). Balancing family and career is an important issue. The posts are basically suitable for candidates seeking part-time employment. In addition, each of the three positions will be allocated an annual operating budget. If desired, the personnel funds may also be used as a personalised scholarship.

With approx. 90 Chairs and 8,300 of a total of 36,000 students at TU Dresden, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the largest Schools at the University of Excellence TU Dresden. Working at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides you the opportunity to be part of a committed team with an open and modern working culture, and to fill a position with a great freedom to shape your activities. You will work in an exciting field with a high creative and conceptual component and you will be able to pursue further training tailored to your individual professional situation.

Objective: The Support the Best Postdocs funding programme provides early-career researchers at an advanced academic level with the opportunity to prepare their own research project at one of the faculties at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the framework of a high-ranking third-party funding application. The envisaged research project should substantially strengthen the Emerging Field Societal Change in the Research Priority Area ‘Culture and Societal Change’. The Emerging Field Societal Change considers cultural manifestations and consequences of societal processes of change. The focus is on socio-cultural conflict research, on research observing the relation between societal dynamics and emotional regimes, the interference of culture and disruptive technologies as well as on gender relations. Specific research topics include invectivity, populism, inter-culturalism, nationalism, media and popular culture as well as social self-descriptions. More information about the profile can be found under:

Task: The early-career researchers are expected to prepare an application for an independent, third-party funded research project and submit it to renowned funding bodies (preferably DFG, EU, BMBF) within the funding period. The acquisition of funding from highly competitive programmes for an independent research project is intended to strengthen the personal responsibility of highly qualified postdoctoral researchers.

Requirements: Outstanding academic University degree and doctorate in at least one discipline of the humanities and social sciences.

Application: The award procedure is based on both the outstanding academic quality and originality of the research project and the qualification of the applicant at an international level. The evaluation of the applications will focus on the candidates and their research projects. The candidate's qualifications with regard to their demonstrated ability to implement the project in the context of the respective career level as well as their academic potential will be a decisive selection criterion. The research project is expected to have excellent academic quality and originality at an international level. The research project must be in line with the academic environment of the Emerging Field Societal Change and with the candidate’s planned career path.

The description of the research project (max. ten pages) must illustrate the relevance to the Emerging Field Societal Change and include both a timeline and a work plan. In addition, the description should illustrate which funding format is intended for the project and why this particular funding line is being considered. The curriculum vitae should include any circumstances that may have adversely affected the candidate’s academic work (e.g. childcare, care of a relative, a long, serious illness, or disability).

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

Please submit your detailed application (CV in tabular form, list of publications, description of the research project) by 20.02.2020 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) to: TU Dresden, Bereich Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Frau Dr. Christina A. Anders, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden or via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal as a PDF file to Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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