Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Open position at the Max Planck Research Group ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ @mpimmg Göttingen; application deadline 7 January 2022



The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of diversity in historical and modern societies, especially with regard to ethnic, religious, political, and legal processes and dynamics. This work includes basic empirical research, with the goal of advancing theoretical concepts.

The Max Planck Research Group ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ is seeking with an envisaged starting date in Spring 2022

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen)

‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ is a global and interdisciplinary project that investigates the interconnections between two key phenomena in the twenty-first century: ageing populations and global migration, and the new social transformations that they jointly shape. The group explores how older persons are embedded in global and translocal networks and communities and how inequalities, restrictive border regimes, and processes of displacement shape experiences of ageing and intergenerational relationships. The group focusses on the migration and mobility experiences of older populations in regions of the world that are rapidly ageing, but which have been less visible in research agendas - Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We especially welcome proposals that speak to new and emerging themes in the group’s research agenda, including: transnational social protection and wellbeing, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older migrants, and South-South retirement mobilities. Proposals should focus on cases in Asia, Africa or Latin America, or on the transnational/translocal connections of migrants from these regions. Projects that consider ageing in relation to intergenerational care and the lifecourse are also welcome.


Applicants should have a degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, History or related field in the social sciences and humanities. Candidates should have a strong background in qualitative research methods, with proven field research experience (ethnography, in-depth interviews and/or oral histories). Given the ongoing uncertainties of the pandemic, applicants should have a plan for carrying out their project in case travel to field sites remains restricted.
Research fellows are expected to develop their own research projects within the thematic framework of the research group and should be willing to work in an interdisciplinary context. They will play an active role in the organisation of international conferences and seminars, and will publish their research in key academic venues, as well as for wider audiences. The working language of the Institute is English.

Position details

A contract will be offered for a full-time position until the end of 2024 (subject to continued group funding). The salary is based on the German civil service scale TVöD E13 for postdoctoral fellows.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are under-represented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications. Persons of any nationality can apply.


Applications must include: a cover letter (outlining research trajectory and interest in the position), a CV and list of publications; a summary of the proposed research (up to 1000 words); and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Shortlisted candidates will later be asked to provide a writing sample (e.g. published article or full thesis chapter).
Deadline for all applications is 7 January 2022.We are planning to interview for mid February 2022.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the following portal: