PhD Position / Assistantship in Social Anthropology (60%)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Jun 2024

15 May 2024
Job Information

University of Basel
Research Field

Anthropology » Social anthropology
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

10 Jun 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Program of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, is searching for a doctoral fellow with a strong training in - and innovative ideas for - the theory and methods of socio-cultural anthropology. Candidates' research and teaching must focus on sexuality, gender, and religion in their relationship to either (i) populism, fundamentalism, and/or the security state; (ii) new religious movements; or (iii) multimodal ethnographic methods (e.g., visual, sonic, and other methods). The area of specialization is open but special preference will be given to research projects that expand the existing regional foci of the program.
The successful candidate's appointment should begin on August 1, 2024 (with teaching duties starting on September 16, 2024).
The position is limited to 1 year with the option of a 3-year extension after a successful evaluation.

  • Collaborate on research projects, and contribute to publications
  • Actively participate in the scholarly community of the Institute Social Anthropology, including the weekly colloquium and other events
  • At different times, you will help advance the Institute's public engagement initiative, by assisting in the production of either our podcast, periodical, or field school
  • Teach two hours per week during the semester at the BA level
  • Be able to teach “Anthropology of Religion"; “Methods," and other courses related to ritual, religion, and sexuality
  • Mentor BA students with their proseminar papers
  • Help with a limited number of administrative tasks, as needed

  •  At least one previous degree must be in socio-cultural anthropology
  •  Fluency in spoken and written English
  •  Ability to teach in German strongly preferred

  • A vibrant, collaborative workspace in the center of Basel
  • Competitive compensation according to the University of Basel pay scale
  • Dedicated faculty mentorship to support your academic progress. (The candidate's doctoral research will be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Dr. George Paul Meiu)
  • Admission to the doctoral program of the Department of Social Sciences (G3S)
  • Access to various courses in the field of university didactics, academic management or further training

To ensure your application is given full consideration, please submit the following documents electronically no later than June 10, 2024 only via e-recruitment tool of the University of Basel.

  • a cover letter (not exceeding two pages) describing your research and teaching interests as well as administrative service experience;
  •  a CV, with lists of your academic experience (if applicable)
  • one writing sample (academic work)
  • BA and MA Diploma

The University of Basel is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified applications from candidates of any race, gender, sexual orientation or physical ability.
For further information or questions, please contact [email protected]

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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University of Basel
Postal Code
Petersplatz 1

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