Post-Doc available with us in the Sociology of Work

Post in: German

I am excited to announce that our team has room to expand!
The position:

A full-time post-doc (with assistant professorship aspects) to join my team for between two and six years. The job starts with a full-time, three-year contract, renewable for another three years. There is no tenure option within this position itself, but from this position you can apply for your permanent position anywhere in the world. The start date is flexible, but early 2015 would be desirable. Payscale is German standard for post-docs and depends on family status, years of experience, and so on. The equivalent is roughly around US$ 55,000 – $60,000 a year before taxes. The position comes with all the job protections that German full-time work contracts enjoy, such as 4 weeks of paid vacation per year (that people are encouraged to use!), extra pay at Christmas, and 12-14 public holidays per year. Health insurance is purchased privately for non-Germans, and coverage is excellent.

Similar to an American-style assistant professor,the job requires you to teach two courses per semester (each course meets for 90 minutes each week, once a week, for 14-15 weeks a semester). Courses have around 15-40 students. Areas of teaching are relatively open.

Similar to a post-doc, you would be officially an employee in my team, which means we publish together, develop research together, and we decide together what teaching and research directions we want to take. Additionally, you will want to apply for external funding to support further research and data collections as well as for travel grants. There are also occasional responsibilities supervising student theses and occasional university or department responsibilities (minimal, but I should mention that they are there).

Our team meets 4-5 times a semester for scientific presentations and feedback; there are also lots of invited talks in the department that you’re welcome to attend. It’s a three-person office that you’d share at first, but the other two are only half time and because we implement a “results only work environment,” offices are relatively quiet (the others often work at home) except for certain peak times.

About us:

We are a multi-national team of three post-docs, three pre-docs, an administrative manager, student assistants, and myself. We specialize in the sociology of work, family, life course, and gender, with international comparative perspectives. Specifically, we’re looking at contemporary questions around work – paid, unpaid, kinkeeping – considering the meaning and timing and location of work, alternative kinds of work, power relations around work, institutionalized arrangements of work, and gender relations in male-dominated fields like science, technology, and leadership positions. (http://www2.uni-frankfurt.de/46506492/050-research) I do a lot of science transfer / public sociology as well (http://www.heather-hofmeister.de).

About our location:

We’re located within the Frankfurt Sociology Department Frankfurt Sociology Department, made famous by activities of “The Frankfurt School” in the 1920s-30s and again in the 1960s (Habermas, Adorno, Horkheimer, Mannheim may ring a bell). The Frankfurt School is and was a mix of sociology and philosophy, and hence our theory tradition is strong, enhanced on the methods side by recent hiring. There are 24 professors and over 70 pre- and post-docs in the department.
We’re associated with the interdisciplinary Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations. Options for cooperative research with this group of psychologists and economists are wide open.

About the University:

The Goethe University, Frankfurt, is a dynamic, 100-year-young university with 45,000 students and over 500 professors located in the heart of the city. Sociology is on the “Westend” Campus, a gorgeous park-like environment where our neighboring fields such as political science, psychology, educational sciences, economics, humanities, history, and cultural studies are also located.

About Frankfurt:

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is well connected with the entire country and world. It’s a green city, easily networked by bicycle lanes and trails, at the foot of some good hiking hills, along the Main River which flows into the Rhine – the famous Rheingau wine region is under an hour west of here. The international community here is large and active, the music scene is lively, street festivals are going on every week in the summer, and Frankfurt has more museums per capita than any other German city, and the second highest concentration in Germany, after Berlin, many of them world-class. One can easily get by with English, and many manage their whole lives here without learning German.

About the language:

German is not required to begin. Your start will be supported by a talented multilingual administrator (German, English, French) and of course by me and the whole team. I recommend that you learn German – it’s much easier and more interesting to live and work here that way. Learning German helps understand the original texts by Weber, Tönnies, and Simmel, anyway, so it even helps you be a better sociologist. ☺
Let’s talk at the WFRN Conference in New York in June or at the ASA meetings in August 2014 in San Francisco and see if it is a good fit.


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