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Postdoctoral Researcher in the Organizational Networks of Megachurches


The Max Weber Institute of Sociology at Heidelberg University, Germany, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position. The position is part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) entitled “Why are megachurches attractive? Cultural reproduction and network structures of a new organizational form in the U.S.” The appointment begins on April 1, 2012, or sooner. The position is limited to a 2.5-year term with the possibility of extension subject to funding renewal. The successful candidate is expected to assume project leadership and will spend several months in the US to collect data on-site. The salary is competitive and based on the TVöD EG 14 pay scale for public institutions. The position offers a range of opportunities for advanced academic training.

Candidates must have a great capacity for team work and should be enthusiastic about the opportunity to implement a collaborative research project. Specific requirements include:

-          Successful completion of a PhD in the social sciences.

-          Experience in scientific project management.

-          Expertise in organization science and social network analysis. Familiarity with the sociology of religion would be advantageous.

-          Competence in social scientific research methods, especially in the areas of social network analysis and survey design.

-          Excellent command of the English language in both writing and speaking. Experience living and/or working abroad is very much desired. Proficiency in an additional language would be beneficial.  Germany language proficiency is optional.  


Please visit http://www.soz.uni-heidelberg.de/projektdetails/835,65,0,0,1.html to access more information about the project. Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women. In case of equal qualification, applications from individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration.

To apply, please send a cover letter and a CV outlining your research and teaching experience, a current list of publications, and other relevant professional information including copies of academic transcripts to:

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Max-Weber-Institut für Soziologie

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kern

Bergheimer Str. 58

69115 Heidelberg



Applications must be received by February 12, 2012. They may also be submitted by email to [log in to unmask]. If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Kern (email: [log in to unmask], phone: +49-6221-542983).



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