Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften - Institut für Philosophie Research Training Group 2638 "Normativity, Critique, Change"2 Positions Research assistant (Postdoc) (m/f/d) full-time job limited until 31.03.2026 (Project end) Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU Reference code: GRK2638_Postdoc_2021 Bewerbungsende: 04.05.2021

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The new RTG 2638 is dedicated to questions concerning the nexus of norms, their critique, and how norms relate to social change. It seeks to study the specific structures of normative practices common to the arts, law, religion, language, and morality. The RTG research agenda follows the hypothesis that in all of these contexts, applying a norm necessitates critically reflecting on that norm. Consequently, this implies that the realization of standards can lead to their transformation. The RTG explores the transformative aspect of normativity in these contexts, analysing similarities and differences. The RTG’s main objective is to develop an understanding of how transformation is a constitutive element of normativity.
The RTG is designed to cover a large interdisciplinary range, which is important for tackling its basic theoretical topic with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. This is why the RTG brings together the knowledge gained in Art History, Dance Studies, Film Studies, German Literature, Law, Linguistics, Musicology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theatre Studies. Junior researchers in these fields are invited to submit their applications. The RTG will be bilingual (German and English). The website describes the RTG in more detail: www.fu-berlin.de/normativitaet-kritik-wandel.de .
In addition to the two postdoc positions to be filled, 14 doctoral positions are also advertised. The RTG 2638 is supported by PIs from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität Berlin and the Universität of the Arts Berlin. The aim is to start employment on October 1, 2021.

Job description:
- Independent research on a self-designed, genuinely interdisciplinary project within the framework of the RTG with the aim of writing a habilitation (or an equivalent) or another monograph, which can be completed within the contract period of 4.5 years,
- Ensuring the continuity of the work of the RTG across different cohorts of doctoral students,
- Shaping the RTG's research programme in collaboration with the board and the coordinator of the RTG 2638,
- Make a substantial contribution to the further development of the RTG’s concepts and methods, and to its international networking,
- Mentoring for the doctoral students of the RTG in the form of writing workshops, paper discussions in small groups, and related forums,
- Hosting international guests of the RTG,
- Regular and active participation in all scientific events of the college.

Doctorate in one of the disciplines mentioned above.

- A very good dissertation,
- Very good knowledge of the research issues covered in the RTG 2638,
- Publications demonstrating interdisciplinary competence and an affinity for theoretical groundwork,
- International networking experience, and familiarity with different scholarly cultures and academic systems (international experience),
- Experience in conceiving, planning, and organizing a broad variety of formats of scholarly exchange (workshops, conferences, possibly even newly conceived formats),
- A team-oriented work attitude,
- Very good knowledge of both German and English (applicants with degrees obtained outside Germany should have passed the B1+ GER test).

Applicants should submit copies of their degrees and, when appropriate, language certificates as well as a CV, a letter of application no longer than 3 pages, an outline of their research project no longer than 10 pages, and a copy of their doctoral thesis. Applications may be submitted either in English or in German. Personal attendance during the lecture period is compulsory.
Applications containing all documents should be uploaded via the application portal of the Dahlem Research School: https://www.drs.fu-berlin.de/user/register

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