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Post-doctoral Research Fellows position(s)

Einrichtung: Department of Political Science (ID 100496)

Ansprechpartner: Ms. Esther Lauer

Besetzungsdatum: 01.07.2019

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 07.03.2019

The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in Comparative Constitutionalism (Prof. Dr. Ran Hirschl) at the Department of Political Science, University of Göttingen wishes to appoint up to two highly qualified candidates for

Post-doctoral Research Fellows position(s)

The newly appointed Fellow(s) will contribute to cutting-edge research at the intersection of public law and comparative politics, in particular one or more of the following themes: patterns of convergence and divergence in comparative constitutional law; regional and populist reactions to global constitutionalism; constitutional design and mega-cities; constitutionalism and religion (including in the non-western world); the judicialisation of politics; economic and social rights; and methodological questions in comparative constitutional inquiry.

These are full-time positions (currently 39,8 hours per week), with salary pay grade 13 TV-L. Initial contracts will be for a period of one year. The newly appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellows will split their time evenly between their own research and teaching, and work on research projects led by the Chair, Prof. Dr. Ran Hirschl, Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Comparative Constitutionalism, and with close association with the research projects advanced by the Max Planck Fellow Group in Comparative Constitutionalism, held at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG)

Applicants should have:
- A highly qualified PhD or equivalent in political science, public law, or a closely related field
- Keen interest and solid background in comparative constitutional politics, constitutional law, constitutional courts and constitutional institutions
- Proven competencies in analysing constitutional texts, high court rulings, and legal scholarship alongside excellent command of pertinent social science literature on law and courts
- Familiarity with quantitative research software and methods, data collation, representation and analysis
- Excellent spoken and written English is required (the main language of correspondence is English). Additional language skills and/or regional knowledge are an advantage
- Self-motivation and initiative, and an ability to work independently and to produce high-quality scholarship and publications

Please submit your statement of interest (in English) via the online portal at, including relevant credentials, CV + certificates, a list of publications, a writing sample (in English), a brief statement of proposed research (approximately 1000 words), and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

The application deadline is March 29, 2019. The positions should be filled by July 1st, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in early-April.

For further inquiries please contact Ms. Esther Lauer, Personal Assistant to Professor Hirschl, at

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