Two postdoctoral positions in religion


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

The University of Göttingen is launching a transregional research network (CeTREN) under the broad thematic rubric “The Politics of the New”, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). For its pilot project, “Secularism and New Religiosities”, CeTREN seeks to fill 2 Postdoctoral Research Positions.

The two positions, to begin in October 2013, will be offered as two-year fixed-term contracts on a full-time basis (currently 39,8 hours per week) and will be remunerated at the TV-L E13 level (in accordance with the German public sector pay scale).

The pilot project “Secularism and New Religiosities” examines new forms of religiosity that emerge under various regional or national regimes of secularism, and how these are shaped in transnational arenas of cultural, political and legal interaction (see project description at Within this wider context, we invite post-doctoral research proposals that theoretically and empirically analyze new religiosities in comparative perspective; cross-religious as well as cross-regional comparisons are welcome. While the overall project’s main focus is on South Asia, East Asia, and Europe, proposals may broaden the comparative scope by including other regions.

Successful applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, such as history, anthropology, sociology, political science, religious studies, or area studies. Researchers will be based at the University of Göttingen, but will be permitted to conduct fully-funded field research for part of the two-year period, upon consultation with the principal investigators.

Applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply. Fluency in English is expected. A complete application will consist of a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample, a 1000-word proposal for a postdoctoral research project, and two confidential letters of reference sent separately by the referees. Any queries regarding the positions may be addressed to Prof. Rupa Viswanath at <>. Materials should be sent, preferably by email, to <> no later than April 1, 2013.

Alternatively you can send your application by post to:

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Prof. Rupa Viswanath

Waldweg 26

D-37073 Göttingen


The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.