PostDoc Position

The Social Anthropology Working Group in Bielefeld University, Germany, is recruiting for a post-doctoral research position (100%, 3 years) in Social Anthropology. Deadline for application: 19th July 2024



The faculty of sociology has the following job opening:

Research Position (PostDoc)


ID: Wiss24281

  • starting: 01.10.2024
  • fulltime
  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term

Your Tasks

  • scientific research tasks (50 %):
    • independent research in the field of social anthropology
    • participation in third-party funding applications of the department
    • conception of own applications for third-party funding
  • teaching tasks amounting to 4 teaching hours a week during the semester (20 %):
    • assuming teaching duties in social anthropology, especially on topics such as labor, market, migration, etc., including advising, supervising and examining students
  • coordination of research activities in the Social Anthropology Working Group, including development of a strategy for communicating research activities and results to a broader public and their implementation (20 %)
  • collaboration in academic self-administration (10 %):
    • organizational and administrative tasks
    • committee work

Employment is conducive to academic qualification.

We offer

  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term (3 years) (§ 2 (1) sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
  • fulltime
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • variety of health, consulting and prevention services
  • reconcilability of family and work
  • supplementary company pension
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting and varied tasks
  • modern work environment with digital processes 
  • various offers (canteen, cafeteria, restaurants, Uni-Shop, ATM, etc.)
Your Profile

We expect

  • completed scientific university degree (e. g. diploma or master's degree) in anthropology, sociology or a related subject
  • doctorate in anthropology, sociology or a related subject
  • experience with ethnographic research on market transformations in Vietnam or China, in particular on land restructuring, labor mobility, financialization or the relationship between these topics
  • ability to design and conduct own research projects and prepare third-party funding applications
  • ability to write and publish academic papers in English
  • independent, self-reliant and committed way of working
  • ability to work in a team as well as strong organizational and coordination skills, e.g. in the organization of academic events such as lecture series or workshops

Preferred experience and skills

  • teaching experience in the field of sociology of transnationalization and social anthropology, at least 1 year after successfully completing a doctorate
  • proficiency in either Chinese or Vietnamese language
  • experience with public communication
  • basic knowledge of German for daily communication at the university

Application Procedure

We are looking forward to receiving your application. To apply, please preferably use our online form via the application button below. application deadline: 19.07.2024

--> Application Form Link

Prof. Dr. Minh Nguyen
0521 106-3719
minh.nguyen[ at ]

Postal Address
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Soziologie
Prof. Dr. Minh Nguyen
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld


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Prof. Dr. Minh Nguyen

Tel. 0521 106-3719

minh.nguyen[ at ]