Research Fellow (Ph.D. Candidate) in the field of “International Law and Governance of Citizenship”.

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin - WZB

Job Offer
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Project Group “International Citizenship Law” (led by Professor Liav Orgad) is offering a new position: 

Research Fellow (Ph.D. Candidate) in the field of “International Law and Governance of Citizenship”. 

The position is at 65% of the regular working hours (currently 25.35 hours per week), preferably starting on October 1, 2017 (or later; the starting day is negotiable), for a period of up to four years. 

Project description and responsibilities:
The position is within the project “Global Citizenship Law: International Migration and Constitutional Identity”. The project, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, is jointly hosted by the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence. 

The project has two goals: [1] empirically, it seeks to present international legal standards concerning naturalization law by analyzing cases, guides, and reports of international bodies. The Research Fellow is expected to review decisions of the European Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, and other European and international bodies; [2] normatively, the project invites reflection on the concept of citizenship in international law, its global allocation, and the international structure for governing it; topics include responsibility-sharing mechanisms, either “burden-sharing” or “benefit-sharing”, for citizenship allocation, and their nexus to principles of global justice. 

The Research Fellow should develop an original research that will result in high-quality academic publications; contribute to the community life of the Project Group; participate in research-related activities; and help with the organization of the project. 

Details on the project are available here. 

Doctoral degree
The Research Fellow is expected to pursue a doctoral degree. The degree will be awarded in cooperation with one of the Berlin Universities. The call is also open to students who are enrolled in a PhD program at other German or international universities and are willing to relocate to Berlin for the duration of the contract. 

Researchers who hold a Master Degree in law or political theory with excellent results by the time of starting the employment contract, and have a demonstrated interest in migration, citizenship, or international law can apply. 

Applicants must have excellent writing and presentation skills in English. 

In addition to the eligibility requirements, selection criteria will consider the applicant’s academic record, research plan, research motivation, and knowledge/experience in the research areas of the project. 

Equally well-qualified disabled persons will be given preference. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immigrant background to apply. 

Remuneration: Salary group EG 13 TVöD (in accordance with German public service collective agreement). 

Application Materials

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages).
  • Research Plan: a statement of the applicant’s ideas on the research questions, theoretical framework, and methodological approach (maximum 3 pages).
  • Up to two Letters of Recommendation (referees can email the letter of reference directly).
  • Letter of Motivation, which should describe a career plan and reasons for seeking to participate in the “Global Citizenship Law” research project (maximum 500 words). 

Please submit your complete application by email (maximum two PDF files -other formats will not be read - excluding letters of recommendation) by the closing date of
July 31, 2017 to:

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Professor Liav Orgad 

Decisions will be made end of August/ beginning of September 2017.

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