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Post-Doctoral Position: “Islamic Activists in Exile”

Please find below the call for application for 2 year post-doctoral position based at CEFRES (Prague)  on the topic “Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia. Deadline: 23 August 2017. 

Topic 3: “Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia”

This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Giedre Sabaseviciute.

Description: Candidates will be expected to contribute to the project on the contemporary exiled Islamic activists in European, Middle Eastern and South-Asian cities. The project aims to research the ways in which the experience of exile affect the trajectories of activism, focusing on how different national context influence their career choices, which vary between the continuation of activism, involvement into different causes, or disengagement. Possible research topics include but are not restricted to 1- circulation of ideas, norms and activism through human networks; 2- patterns of activist network formation; 3- relationship between the exiled activists and their host countries; 4- continuities and ruptures in individual trajectories of activism. Candidates are expected to have conducted their doctoral research in one of the regions covered by the project (The Gulf, Turkey, South-Asia), to be proficient of one of its languages (Turkish, Arabic, Malay), and have an important knowledge of the fieldwork. Interdisciplinary approach is preferred, as well as some experience in ethnographic and biographical research, media studies, and discourse analysis.
Applicants may contact Giedre Sabaseviciute before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write to:

More information can be found on

Job Opening: Assistant Professor on Contemporary Islam

Dear colleagues,
The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) is hiring an Assistant Professor on Contemporary Islam. Deadline 27 August.
More information:

Kind regards

Julia Martínez

Dr. Julia Martínez-Ariño
Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion
Department of the Comparative Study of Religion
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 38
9712 GK Groningen
The Netherlands

Tel.: +31 (0) 503635592

Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Researcher: Project on the social implications of legal statuses and determination processes among recent asylum-seekers

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Call for Applications Post-Doctoral Researcher: Project on the social implications of legal statuses and determination processes among recent asylum-seekers

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) wishes to appoint a highly qualified candidate for a new postdoctoral research position for three years. Applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography or another relevant social science. Experience working with asylum-seekers will be an advantage.

Researching in Göttingen (or another to-be-arranged German city), the postdoctoral researcher will qualitatively examine asylum-seekers’ differential access to resources, services, information and advice (particularly concerning their legal status, conditions, and restrictions), as well as their understandings of these. Accordingly, the researcher will also investigate asylum-seekers’ ability to conduct some form of individual independence, engage in family life, access jobs, education, training, and housing, as well as degrees of mobility within the parameters set out by respective legal statuses.

Very good spoken and written German and English is required. [The working language of the Institute is English, and publications in English-language academic journals and books are prioritized.] An additional language, relevant to contemporary asylum-seekers in Germany, will also be an advantage. Salary is based on the German public service scale TVöD (level E 13).

Applications should include a cover letter describing the applicant’s career trajectory, research experience, and interests, CV, a list of publications, publication (or Ph.D. thesis) samples and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Deadline for all applications is 17.00 pm Friday 26 May 2017. The position will commence as soon as possible, and no later than September 30th, 2017. Please send applications and any queries to the Director’s Secretary, Jutta Esser (

The Max Planck Society is mainly funded by German Federal and State Governments (see Max Planck Institutes provide outstanding facilities, academic resources and intellectual environments for the support of independent research. Max Planck Institutes are not tied to universities. There are no teaching obligations for staff, but teaching and other forms of co-operation with universities are possible. The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications. For further details about the institute and its research consult the website (

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications.

For further details about the institute and its research consult the website

Job Opening: Philosophy and Religious Studies

The department, Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, invites applications from qualified individuals for a 3-year, full time postdoc position with teaching duties (app. 1/3).

We’re looking for someone with documented research qualifications within the study of religion in the Middle East.

For details, please see:

Call for Applications

Call for Applications 
reference number 11/2017 
The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt invites applications for two full-time positions with the research project “Cities in the History of Religion”, directed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke, to be filled at the earliest possible date: 
Research Fellow 
Pay category E 13 TV-L (100 %) 
Area of Responsibility 
• Taking part in the ongoing work of the research 
• conducting monographic research highly relevant to the topic of “Cities in the History of Religion in the Roman imperial period”, with a focus on Religious Studies 
• organizing academic conferences 
• teaching load according to the Thuringian Guidelines (Thüringer Lehrverpflichtungs-ordnung), about 120 hours per year 
• habilitation 
Further information about the Max Weber Center and the Research Group is available at
• Outstanding PhD degree in Religious Studies, Classical Philology, Ancient History, Archaeology, History of Christianity or related fields 
• Active participation in the research project “Cities in the History of Religion” with a monographic research project 
• Advanced English language skills (English is the working language of the project) 
• Basic German language skills and willingness to teach in German 
• Knowledge of the relevant source languages 
To conduct research relevant for writing a habilitation thesis or other comparable qualification at the University of Erfurt in cooperation with the Max Weber Center, it is obligatory to be affiliated with the Max Weber Center as a full member (“Kollegiat”) and to participate in the Center’s interdisciplinary programme (in German and English). 
As positions for academic qualifications, these are fixed-term positions that may be filled for a duration of up to five years depending on the legal and personal requirements according to the Law on Temporary Employment in Higher Education (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). The minimum criteria for appointment are set out in § 84 paragraph 4 of the Thuringian Higher Education Act. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke ( 
The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with the Thuringian Equal Opportunities Act (Thüringer Gleichstellungsgesetz). Handicapped applicants are given preference in case of equal qualification. 
Application Deadline 
Please submit your application stating reference number 11/2017 (incl. your CV, copies of your final high school and university degrees, a copy of your PhD thesis and up to three further publications) as well as an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (5-10 pages) as pdf-files by 30 March 2017 to: 
The University of Erfurt does not refund any application expenses. 

Assistant Professor at the Centre for Comparative Theology

The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. The roots of the Faculty of Theology extend back into the 16th century. On the foundation of the Judeo-Christian tradition, professors conduct research and lecture on individual theological disciplines in an interdisciplinary dis-course with other related academic fields. The faculty recognises that the local church and the world church are connected and sees ecumenical and interreligious dialogue as a top priority. In Switzerland, the faculty takes a leading role in training theologians.

The Faculty of Theology at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland) seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Comparative Theology (50%) with immediate effect.

The assistant professor would represent the field of Islamic theology in re-search and teaching. The position is initially limited to 5 years. Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree and a project of a postdoctoral habilitation or an equivalent qualification. Good English skills are required.

In the interests of increasing the percentage of women in the University of Lucerne’s research and teaching activities, applications from women are expressly encouraged.

Please send applications with the usual documentation (in particular: CV, academic certificates, academic teaching activities, higher education didactics certificates, list of publications, research specialisations) both in printed form and on a CD to the University of Lucerne, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Frohburgstrasse 3, Postfach 4466, CH-6002 Lucerne by 20.02.2017. Printed documents will not be returned; please do not send any original documents.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Religion and the Digital World

The Faculty of Theology is announcing an open tenure track: Assistant/Associate Professor in Religion and the Digital world.

The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland and one
of the leading research universities in Europe. The university belongs
to the League of European Research Universities (LERU), and its eleven
faculties provide academic education to 35000 students.

The Faculty of Theology was one of the original four faculties when the
university was established in 1640. The faculty is today a
non-denominational academic community that offers an inspiring
environment for the best scholars in theology and religious studies.
Focused on high-level research in these fields, the faculty hosts two
Centers of Excellence in Research and several other research groups. The
faculty comprises 130 teachers and researchers and 2000 students. The
faculty’s graduates work in churches and other religious organizations,
as high-school teachers, and in various other fields (such as NGOs and
societal work).

The position may be filled as assistant professor or associate
professor, depending on the candidates’ merits and career stage. A
person who is appointed to a tenure track position is employed as an
assistant professor for fixed-term employment, during which his or her
performance will be monitored and evaluated according to the criteria
defined when concluding the employment contract. Successful rating in
the assessment will lead to new fixed-term employment as associate
professor, the overall aim being a permanent position as professor.

The assistant/associate professor will carry out scientific research in
the field of the position, head and develop research in the field,
provide teaching based on research and supervise master’s and doctoral
thesis, acquire research funding, and participate both in international
and national scientific cooperation and in societal interaction. The
assistant/associate professor’s duties will also include the provision
of teaching in the field, the supervision of theses and dissertations,
and the management and development of research in the field by relying
on national and international networks in line with the University of
Helsinki’s 2015 profile proposal to the Academy of Finland

According to the Government Decree on Universities, assistant/associate
professors must be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least
satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. Foreign citizens,
non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in
Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a
separate application.

The salary for the position will be based on level 7 of the requirement
scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of
Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary
component based on personal performance. Annual salary for a tenure
track professor varies between 50,000 – 68,500 euros, depending on the
appointee’s qualifications and experience. All standard pension benefits
and occupational health care are provided for university employees. The
University is committed to promoting equality and preventing
discrimination in all its operations. For families with children, the
city of Helsinki offers different possibilities for inexpensive daycare
and a great number of good schools.

Applications must be accompanied by the following English-language

• An academic portfolio in which the applicant highlights his or her
qualifications relevant to the position. The recommended length for the
portfolio is 4-7 pages plus the enclosures (further instructions are
available online at
• A development plan for research and teaching (max. 3 pages)
• A curriculum vitae
• A complete list of publications

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after
the closing of the application period, the Faculty might request them to
submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors. The
publications shall be saved to the University of Helsinki Recruitment
System as attachments.

Please submit your application (in PDF-format) using the University of
Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link. Applicants who are
employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their
application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 15
February 2017.

Enquiries about the vacancy:
Dean Ismo Dunderberg, ismo.dunderberg(at)

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process:
HR Coordinator Lauri Vähämäki, lauri.vahamaki(at)

Technical support with the recruitment system:


Apply at latest 15.02.2017