Tag: post-docs

Vacancy: Two post-doc positions: “Knowledge and Africa” project and higher education studies in Africa at BIGSAS

bigsasThe Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies(BIGSAS) that is funded by the German Research Foundation within the Excellence Initiative, offers two post-doctoral fellowship positions for the period of two years starting 1 November 2015.

BIGSAS does research on three main areas:

A Uncertainty, Innovation and Competing Orders in Africa
B Knowledge, Communication and Communities in Motion
C Negotiating Change: Discourses, Politics and Practices of Development

The Post-doctoral fellow is expected to develop an innovative, independent and interdisciplinary research project in the field of African Studies and submit a full proposal for research funding within the two years.

One position is offered for a research project on “Knowledge and Africa”. The other position is offered for a project in the area of higher education research on/in Africa.

Deadline for applications 30th of April 2015. 

Read more about the details of the position and application requirements/details here (pdf).

2 Post-doctoral fellowships at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

maxplanckhistoryThe Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), announces two three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships, starting date September 1, 2015.

MPIWG is an international and interdisciplinary research institute, with Lorraine Daston as the director. Outstanding scholars no more than three years past the award of their doctorates are invited to apply. The fellowships will be awarded in conjunction with the research projects of the Department:

Criteria and requirements:  

  • Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or a related field at the time the fellowship begins; the quality and relevance of the project rather than the discipline in which the doctoral degree was awarded will be decisive in the award of fellowships.
  • It is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications may however be submitted in German, English, or French.
  • Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing disabled individuals and encourages them to apply.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in the research activities of the Institute.

Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 2.100 € and 2.500 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany). Alternatively to a fellowship, fellows may opt for a contract TVöD E14 in the German system. The fellowship includes a research fund of 1000 € annually, as well as the opportunity to organize a workshop.


Mobility fellowships for Post-docs and researchers at the University of Turin

t2mThe University of Turin, with the support of the European Commission and the banking foundation Compagnia di San Paolo under FP7 People specific programme – Cofund Actions, is going to launch 2020 RESEARCHERS: TRAIN TO MOVE (T2M), a new incoming mobility fellowship programme addressed to post doc researchers.

T2M programme intends to offer to 28 high skilled researchers the opportunity to carry out a research project at one of 27 hosting departments of the University  and to attend a unique training on soft skills.T2M experience will contribute to the development of personal transferable skills of awarded fellows and will train them for developping careers in academic and non-academic sectors.


T2M is open to researchers of any nationality, provided however that at time of the deadline for submission of proposals, they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for submitting proposals. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

If you are a potential T2M fellow, on the date of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals, you must either:

  • be in possession of a PhD from no more than 7 years or
  • have at least a track record of 4 to 10 years of full time equivalent research experience after MSc degree in the last ten years.

The first T2M call for proposals is now open. Deadline for submission is the 5th of May 2014.

More information:

All useful information is available at www.train2move.unito.it

Guest blogger: Explaining postdoc internationalization at US universities

Dr. Brendan Cantwell (Michigan State University)

Dr. Brendan Cantwell
(Michigan State University)

This guest entry is written by Dr. Brendan Cantwell who is currently employed as an assistant professor at the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. His current research interests include higher education organization, governance and policy, with focus on comparative education, political economy and theory. 

Since the 1990s over 50% of all postdoctoral researchers (‘postdocs’) working at universities in the United States (US) have been temporary visa holders, or ‘international’. This makes postdocs the most internationalized group at American universities.

The fact that over 50% of postdocs are international is especially striking when compared to student enrollments; international students accounted for only 3.7% of total enrollments in the US during the 2011/2012 academic year. Why, then, do most postdocs come from abroad?

Over parts of the past five years I have studied the employment of international postdocs, primarily in the US but also in the United Kingdom. One of my objectives was to understand why so many researchers work as postdocs abroad. I began this research qualitatively by interviewing international postdocs and their supervisors. I examined the experiences of international postdocs, the role international postdocs play in the production of knowledge, and the process by which postdocs become employed internationally.  From these studies I drew two main conclusions.

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First, international postdoc mobility requires demand for postdocs from aboard, as well as the supply of internationally mobile researchers. Global expansion of higher education, and especially rapid growth of higher education systems in Asia, produced a large supply of PhD researchers looking for jobs abroad. But professors also had to be willing to hire international postdocs. In other words, postdoc mobility would be impossible if there were not individual professors and universities interested in hiring international postdocs.