4 Postdoctoral research positions in ERC-funded GRASSROOTSMOBILISE project

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is seeking four postdoctoral researchers to work with Dr. Effie Fokas and a 16-member broader research team on the ERC (European Research Council) funded research project entitled ‘Directions in Religious Pluralism in Europe: Examining Grassroots Mobilisations in Europe in the Shadow of European Court of Human Rights Religious Freedom Jurisprudence’ (GRASSROOTSMOBILISE). Each postdoctoral researcher will undertake one country-based case study (on the cases of Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey). The 5-year-long project began on 1 January 2014, and the postdoctoral researchers are required for two years, from early January 2015 to end 2016.

LOCATION

Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey, respectively, with quarterly to bi-annual research meetings in Athens

JOB DESCRIPTION

The role of postdoctoral researcher will entail, amongst other things: preparation of a background report on religion-state relations in the national context, and on religious freedom issues in the courts at the national level; preparation of a database on media coverage of mobilisations related to religion in the national context; conducting of qualitative interview-based fieldwork research in selected research locale(s) in the country; assisting the drafting of proposals for related parallel projects; drafting of project reports based on the fieldwork; and authoring (and co-authoring, where applicable) of articles and books based on the research.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated capacity for teamwork and the ability to work independently and to take initiative. They will be encouraged to be active members of the research team in proposing and taking the lead in new areas for research.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  1. PhD in political science, law, religious studies, social anthropology or sociology (awarded after January 2008 and before January 2015).

  2. Strong organisational, research and writing skills; previous interdisciplinary research experience in the areas of religion, law and human rights will be beneficial

  3. Previous experience in applying for grants is of advantage

  4. Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and in the language of the country study undertaken

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 2 May 2014

Applications should include a cover letter in English including a detailed statement of research interests, a CV, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please also send an electronic copy of PhD thesis or a relevant writing sample (published or unpublished), in English; these will be treated confidentially. Send application via email, with GRASSROOTSMOBILISE Postdoctoral Researcher and the relevant country in subject line, to: grassrootsmobilise

Oral interviews will be conducted in the shortlisting process in Athens and via telephone or skype as needed.