Knowing Vaccines. Policies, Practices, People.

Fellowships for 4 doctoral positions and one Post-doc positon. Deadline: 22.10.2021



Number of fellowships available

  • 4  doctoral positions for 3 years each, with the option of an extension of another year
  • 1  Post-doc position for 2 years, with the option of an extension

Career Stage for PhD Students
Early Career Researcher, i.e., postgraduate with up to four years of academic experience from the following disciplines: Empirical Cultural Studies, Historical Studies, Social/Cultural Anthropology, Media Studies

Humanities Research Fields
Medical History, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of the Body, Public Health

Benefits and salary

  • 4 PhD 65% research positions, pay roll level TVL E-13, with the option of an additional year
  • 1 Postdoctoral 100% postion, 2 years, with the option of extension
  • Interdisciplinary qualification for research on infectious diseases in the Humanities
  • Supervision and joint knowledge production in one jointly-organised “Humanities Studio” per semester (incl. guest lectures and presentations)


  • Excellent English language skills
  • Strong track record of interdisciplinary research and collaboration
  • Strong motivation to work in a cooperative and flexible team environment
  • Preparedness to contribute to the to the outreach of the project, especially by:
    1. participation in publications in high-impact journals, and in the joint knowledge production across projects and disciplines
    2. Active participation at scientific conferences, policy workshops, public debates and panels, etc. at national and international level to address scientific communities, heath institutions, cultural industry, IT sector, and the wider public,
    3. Participation in media communication (Twitter account, “Knowing Vaccines” blog and website) as a form of research-reflexivity and communicating project information
  • IT knowledge (basic communication skills)

For further specific requirements please see project descriptions below.

Recruitment Procedure
Candidates must apply electronically in English until 22 Oktober 2021 and are requested to send their application as a single PDF file (max. 5 MB) via mail. Applicants can apply for one position and are requested to indicate their preference with the Knowing Vaccines Project number (see below) in the e-mail’s subject line and justify their choice in the motivation letter, also answering the question for how long you have been working in your chosen field of research.

The application shall comprise:

  • a motivation letter,
  • detailed up-to date CV,
  • relevant documents and copies of diploma such as verified Bachelor’s and Master ́s transcripts of record with diploma supplement,
  • master thesis and sample of academic writing (in English) (if applicable, e.g. paper, essay, publication, etc.).

The “Knowing Vaccines” Recruitment Committee will select and invite shortlisted candidates for a recruitment event which will take place on 12 November 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. The starting date for the selected PhDs will be 1 February 2022. Please send your application via mail. Applicants for the post-doc position should provide a copy of the PhD degree certificate and the PhD thesis.

Key duties of the PhD fellows
Successful applicants will be expected to undertake the programme of work as detailed in the work section of the “Knowing Vaccines” consortium agreement.

Key duties of the PhD fellows include:

  • Persue the research theme with diligence, independently and as part of the wider “Knowing Vaccines” consortium, with constant reference to interdisciplinarity and innovation.
  • Attend and present at “Knowing Vaccines” training activities and meetings as outlined in the wider programme, including at national/international conferences relevant to the research.
  • Report on progress regularly to the supervisory network and the rest of the research group.
  • Thorough documentation of research data.  
  • Engage in outreach activities and public dissemination of knowledge.

Key duties of the post-doctoral fellows

The Post-doc researcher will play a central role in the Innovative Training Network Knowing Vaccines. More advanced in his/her academic career, the Post-doc will further develop his/her thematic qualification in one of the research fields, support and contribute to the joint knowledge production of the ITN and the supervision of the doctoral researchers. The Post-doc researcher will have an exemplary function for the inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge production across the Humanities and Sciences in the ITN, contribute to internationally visible dissemination and communication of the research results to various scientific communities and the general public. The Post-doc position is pivotal for capacity building in interdisciplinary infectious disease research in the Humanities in Hamburg; their competence and knowledge of the research landscape in Hamburg will be an essential asset in supporting the grant writing process of the Infectious Disease Cluster proposal.


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