Open Positions 12
Time Span 01 Jun 2022 for 3 years
Application Deadline 15 Feb 2022
Type of Position
PhD - Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
Language and Cultural Studies
Law, Economics, and Social Sciences
Subjects Empirical Cultural Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology,
German and Interdisciplinary Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Romance
Studies, North American and Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies,
Medieval and Early Modern German Literary Studies, Jurisprudence, Human
Geography, Political Science, East European History, Philosophy, and Religious
Description Within the Research Training Group 2686 "Contradiction
Studies - Constellations, Heuristics and Concepts of the Contradictory",
funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 12 positions are available
at the University of Bremen – subject to approval – as
Doctoral Researchers / PhD candidates (f/m/d)
Salary group 13 TV-L / 75%
The positions are to commence on June 1, 2022 with a duration of three years
and aimed at obtaining a doctorate degree within this timeframe.
The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term
Contract, §2 (1) (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG).
Therefore, candidates may only be considered for appointment if they still
have the respective qualification periods available in accordance with § 2
The newly established interdisciplinary research training group comprises
Empirical Cultural Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, German and
Interdisciplinary Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Romance Studies, North
American and Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies, Medieval and Early
Modern German Literary Studies, Jurisprudence, Human Geography, Political
Science, East European History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
We invite applications related to one or more of the above subjects.
About the Research Training Group
The Research Training Group (RTG) “Contradiction Studies” brings a variety
of academic fields into dialogue. We seek to develop new interdisciplinary
perspectives that investigate how people, groups, institutions and states
negotiate concepts of contradiction and demands for non-contradiction, and how
they might develop ways of dealing with the contradictions of coexistence.
The underlying assumption of the RTG is that the demand to resolve
contradictions often is in tension with our everyday lives, where the
contradictory remains unresolved. The RTG asks how and under which conditions
concepts of the contradictory emerge, when and where they become visible as
such and sometimes are even tolerated, and when they are made invisible and/or
considered unacceptable. In this context, it is also important to unearth
where the imperative of freedom from contradiction has its limits.
Constellations of contradiction, avoidance of contradiction, contradictoriness
and practices of dissent are explored systematically from the perspectives of
the humanities, social sciences and law, and in dialogue with postcolonially
oriented discussions of the cosmopolitization of knowledge production.
We offer our fellows an intellectually stimulating place for further academic
qualification and mutual exchange. We understand ourselves as a laboratory of
cooperative forms of work in academia with flat hierarchies. In addition to
the principles of good scientific practice and an ethos of responsible
research, the RTG supports the compatibility of research, family and care, as
well as a diversity of perspectives on the basis of respect, mutual
recognition and cooperation. Fostering diversity and international exchange
are core concerns of the RTG.
For further information on our research program and on the researchers
involved in the Research Training Group who are available to supervise your
doctoral research, please visit https: // contradictionstudies.uni-
https: // contradictionstudies.uni-bremen.de/en/faculty-en/
The Research Training Group is part of the interdisciplinary research platform
"Worlds of Contradiction" (WoC) at the University of Bremen: www. woc.uni-
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for recent graduates with dissertation projects that fall into
one of the academic disciplines participating in the RTG, and that are of
interdisciplinary relevance within the framework of Contradiction Studies.
Empirical or theoretical projects as well as combined approaches are welcome.
In your letter of motivation and in the outline of your dissertation project,
we invite you to consider one or more of the following questions:
How do people live with contradictions?
In which social arenas and with what consequences are contradictions bound
to the imperative of their resolution?
How can we describe practices of negotiating diversity and
incompatibilities that take a critical stance toward the principle of non-
How can contradiction be questioned or decentered as part of the
foundations of Western/Northern knowledge production?
In which academic discipline/field are you and your dissertation project
situated, and how are interdisciplinary perspectives relevant to your own
As a doctoral fellow you will participate in the qualification program of the
RTG; your physical presence in Bremen is required. Our qualification program
aims to promote early scientific independence, interdisciplinary exchange and
cooperation. Extensive supervision of your doctoral project is a matter of
course. For this purpose, supervision teams are formed and supervised peer
mentoring and a modularized training program are implemented.
A variety of resources are available to support your work on the dissertation,
including funding for international research stays, conference participation,
More information about the qualification program can be found at
https: // contradictionstudies.uni-bremen.de/en/the-research-training-
Tasks of the doctoral fellows include:
- Writing a doctoral dissertation consistent with the research topics and
questions of the RTG
- Participation in the qualification program
- Taking an active role in shaping the RTG's central research colloquium
- Above average university degree (usually a 2-year Master's degree) in one
of the subjects of the RTG or in a related subject
- Interested in conducting research with interdisciplinary methods
- High communicative and social competence
- Good command of English and/or German
To apply, please submit the following documents combined into one PDF-file.
Please note that all application documents must be submitted in either German
or English. Any document submitted in a third language must be accompanied by
a translation into either German or English.
Application form (available to download here:
https: // contradictionstudies.uni-bremen.de/en/application/)
A-Levels or equivalent (Matura, Abitur, High School Diploma, baccalauréat
Copy of your Master's degree certificate in a subject relevant to the RTG,
including complete transcripts
Two-page curriculum vitae; please do not include a photograph
Two- to three-page letter of motivation explaining how your research
interest fits into the thematic framework of the RTG and how you intend to
contribute to the RTG; if applicable, please include information on specific
methodological competencies and further knowledge and experience relevant to
Short exposé of your dissertation project of up to five pages, including a
brief research bibliography situating your project in current academic debates
Two letters of recommendation from university teachers
Optional: any further degrees or certificates indicating particular
qualification for the RTG
Letters of recommendation can either be submitted as part of your application,
or sent directly to us by your university teachers within the application
Please send your application with the reference number A342/21 by February
15th, 2022 (date of receipt) to:
University of Bremen, FB9, Graduiertenkolleg Contradiction Studies, Attn:
Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht/Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke, Postfach 33 04 40, 28334
or in electronic form (PDF), by e-mail to the spokespersons of the Research
Training Group, Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht and Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke.
E-mail address for applications and letters of recommendation: grk2686uni-
Please name the PDF containing your application documents as follows:
ApplicationGRK2686insert your last name here.
Please refrain from mailing any original documents / please only send copies
of diplomas etc. Note that all application material received will be destroyed
after the selection process.
Interviews will take place via Zoom, most likely starting in the second half
of February and then in March 2022, and are subject to strict data protection
If you have questions about the RTG or the application process, please take a
look at our website and especially at the FAQ for applicants:
https: // contradictionstudies.uni-bremen.de/en/application/faq-en/. If you do
not find an answer to your question there, please feel free to contact Dr.
Birte Löschenkohl: loeschenuni-bremen.de.
Language of Dissertation
Letter of Motivation
Others : Application form (available to download here:
https: // contradictionstudies.uni-bremen.de/en/application/)
More Information https: // contradictionstudies.uni-bremen.de/application