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PhD position (m/f/d) Global Political Sociology with focus on the Global South (3 years +1)

Chair Sociology in Africa

Application deadline:

At the Chair Sociology in Africa at the University of Bayreuth (remuneration according to remuneration group 13 TV-L 50%)

PhD position (m/f/d) Global Political Sociology with focus on the Global South (3 years +1)

Your responsibilities will include supporting the Chair in research and teaching in the area of Global Political Sociology/International Political Sociology with a focus on Africa and the Global South, as well as in cross-cutting tasks at the Chair. The position is limited to three years with possible extension for one year.

Job Description:

  • Conduct innovative independent research with a focus on Global/International Political Sociology as it relates to the Global South.
  • Collaboration on joint projects and research proposals and participation in the further development of research and teaching in the aforementioned focus area.
  • Teaching courses per term of 2.5 SWS (one seminar per term on average)
  • Contribution to administrative tasks at the Chair including science communication and academic self-administration


  • Degree in Sociology, Political Science/International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Global Studies, African Studies with a social science focus or related subjects completed with good to excellent results.
  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken English, good knowledge of German is an advantage but can also be acquired in the first two years.


Also desirable are:

  • Knowledge and interest in one or more of the following areas: Global/international political sociology; sociology/anthropology of international organizations, politics and sociology of transnational networks and social movements; postcolonial and decolonial approaches in the social sciences.
  • Regional expertise in Africa, or in transnational actors and processes in Africa and/or the Global South, preferably non-Western/South-South.
  • Very good knowledge of qualitative methods, interest in methodological innovation and digital methods
  • High level of teamwork and communication skills as well as an independent and thorough approach to work
  • Interest in interdisciplinary collaborations

This is a fixed-term position according to WissZeitVG and serves to foster academic qualifications. The duration of the employment relationship depends on the legal and personal requirements. In all other respects, the employment requirements stipulated in BayHSchPG apply.

The University of Bayreuth views the diversity of its staff as an asset and is expressly committed to the goal of gender equality. Female scholars and any persons who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with children are highly welcome. The University of Bayreuth is a member of the best practice club Family at University, In addition, an extended audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favorable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization. All qualifications being equal, applicants with disabilities will be given priority.

Your application

Please apply online by 10.02.2022 with relevant application documents - (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, contact details of 2 possible referees, brief synopsis of a doctoral project) stating the keyword "Globale Politische Soziologie” via the online application portal of the University of Bayreuth. The documents will be deleted after the position has been filled in accordance with data protection requirements.

For information on teaching and research at the Chair, please see Contact person for questions regarding content: Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke, For organizational questions, please contact Romina Hazzard,