Postdoctoral Fellowships: “Contestations of the Liberal Script,” Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) analyzes contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It connects academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, collaborates with research institutions in all world regions and maintains cooperative ties with major political, cultural and social institutions ( The Cluster’s research program is structured around four Research Units (RUs): Borders, Orders, (Re-)Allocation, and Temporality. The RU (Re-)Allocation investigates contestations of the liberal script with regard to the distribution of resources.

Job Description: Scientific services in research within the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS), esp. exploring innovative research perspectives in the context of the RU (Re-)Allocation that bridge the gap between prevailing epistemological and empirical approaches in the social sciences and area studies; research on an individual research project within the thematic framework of the RU (a regional focus on Africa is desirable); theorizing Contestations of the Liberal Script based on the systematic and comprehensive analysis of the RU (Re-)Allocation’s results and by collaborating with postdoctoral fellows of the other Research Units and of the Theory Network; disseminating research results through publications, workshops and conferences; preparing, planning and co-directing the RU (Re-)Allocation’s regular meetings and workshops.

Requirements: Completed university degree as well as Ph.D. in social sciences, history, and/or area studies; desired qualifications: excellent expertise on the Cluster’s research topic, very good knowledge of theories and methods in the social sciences, history and/or area studies relating to the RU (Re-)Allocation; very good English and French skills; research experience in Africa or in another non-European world region; experience with coordinating research groups is an assetQuestions can be directed to Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert (

Please send your application (incl. curriculum vitae, list of publications, copy of doctoral diploma, research proposal for own research project in SCRIPTS (max. 3.000 words)), and quoting the reference number DR/148/19, to: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS), Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany or preferably in electronic form in a single pdf file to

Humboldt-Universität is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only. Please visit our website, which gives access to the legally binding German version.