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Research Associates (f/m/d) DFG Graduate Program Collective Decision-Making
As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities invite applications for up to 13 positions as
In the DFG Graduate program "collective decision-making"
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The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commence on October 1, 2020.
This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of three years. The position calls for 75 % of standard work hours per week**.
The English language graduate program is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is concerned with the descriptive and normative dimensions of collective decision-making. It provides doctoral researchers in Economics, Philosophy and Political Science with a structured qualification program to do their doctorate in one of the three disciplines. The research program conceptualizes collective decision-making as a complex and interactive process involving individual preferences, epistemic and normative beliefs, as well as decision-making procedures and institutions. It integrates theoretical and empirical research, including experimental methods. The qualification program and supervision strategy will provide doctoral researchers with both the specialist disciplinary knowledge and skills for studying collective decision-making, as well as the interdisciplinary competence to converse across the three disciplines. The interdisciplinary research environment will support doctoral researchers in their efforts to make innovative contributions in their dissertations. Researchers completing the program will stand out for their ability to engage in advanced theoretical, empirical, and normative reasoning about collective decision-making and generate new ideas concerning the design of procedures to tackle the complex governance problems of modern society.
Active participation in a structured graduate program.
* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.
Research associates have to complete the doctoral qualification program and to write a
doctoral dissertation in Economics, Philosophy or Political Science on a topic related to the
research program of the graduate program. Presence in Hamburg is required (except for
research related absences).
A Master's degree in a research oriented Master's program in Economics, Philosophy or Political
Science or in an interdisciplinary Master's program involving these disciplines. The Master's
program should be closely related to the graduate program. On completion of the Master's
degree (including a Bachelor's degree) applicants must have reached the equivalent of 300
ECTS points. The Master's degree must have been awarded by a recognized university or
equivalent institution of higher education. Research associates must have an excellent
command of English.
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the
For further information on the graduate program, please consult our website at
https://www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/en/forschung/verbundprojekte/rtg-collective-decisionmaking or contact email@example.com.
Applications should include a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s) and
transcripts of records for previous studies (Bachelor and Master), a personal statement, a
substantial academic writing sample of about 5000 words (e.g. an excerpt of the candidate's
master's thesis or a term paper), an outline of a research project the candidate would like to
pursue (about 1000 words) and two academic reference letters. Personal statements should
describe general academic interests and fit with the graduate program. Applications should be
sent in one single pdf by March 31, 2020, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference letters may
be sent separately to email@example.com.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be scheduled in May 2020.
Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents
submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.