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From 6 July 2017 to 23 August 2017

Post-doctoral position at CEFRES

A post-doctoral position at CEFRES is available. It is cofunded by Charles University and CEFRES within the frame of the TANDEM program aiming at creating an international team through the cooperation of these two institutions with the Czech Academy of Sciences at CEFRES. Applications must be send by 23 August 2017.

Framework of the Charles University and CEFRES post-doctoral position

As a partner of CEFRES Platform, Charles University recruits two high-quality post-doctoral research fellows from abroad, to become researchers at CEFRES, within the frame of the Charles University’s International Post-Doc Research Fund. The gross monthly salary is 32 000 CZK and a fixed-term contract will be signed between each post-doctoral researcher and CEFRES. UK-CEFRES post-doctoral researchers will be affiliated to both CEFRES and a relevant department of one of the faculties in social sciences and humanities of the Charles University according to their main discipline.

CEFRES post-doctoral researchers are expected to:

  • contribute through their own research to the research project they apply to
  • take part in the scientific life of CEFRES
  • submit a yearly report on their research to the director of CEFRES
  • come to live in Prague from 1 January 2018.


Applicants must choose one among the three topics listed above. Each topic is associated to a Czech Academy of Sciences – CAS researcher within the frame of the above research projects.

Topic 1: Cosmopolitics of Hunt: Bringing Europe into Perspective

Associated CAS researcher: Luděk Brož (Institute of Ethnology)

Socio-environmental contexts. Successful applicants are expected to develop their own field of empirical inquiry and, using methodology aligned with their respective disciplines, focus on the relationships between “wild species” and humans as both a topic in its own right, and a strategic viewpoint on other issues of social and academic relevance. The supported candidate should be ready to engage in reflexive interdisciplinary collaboration.

Applicants should contact CAS researcher Luděk Brož before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write to:

Topic 2: Denaturalisation and Refugees in Europe in the First Half of the 20th Century

Associated CAS researcher: Michal Frankl (Masaryk Institute, History)

The project aims to develop a comparative perspective on large-scale denaturalisations in Europe in the first half of the 20th century and to probe the intrinsic connection between the status of the citizen and the position of the refugee. The applicant will show interest into research on citizenship, statelessness and/or refugees and should have background in historical and archival research (but an interdisciplinary combination with related disciplines is also possible and encouraged). Within the project s/he will be tasked with assessing existing body of research, working with the PI to develop the project methodology and conducting original research on mass revocations of citizenship and refugee policies. S/he should demonstrate interest in comparative history and explain his/her ability to contribute to a European comparative project (for instance, but not limited to, knowledge of the French and/or other national/regional contexts and languages).

Applicants should contact CAS researcher Michal Frankl before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write to:

Topic 3: Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia

Associated CAS researcher: Giedre Sabaseviciute (Institute of Oriental Studies)

Description: Candidates will be expected to contribute to the project on the contemporary exiled Islamic activists in European, Middle Eastern and South-Asian cities. The project aims to research the ways in which the experience of exile affect the trajectories of activism, focusing on how different national context influence their career choices, which vary between the continuation of activism, involvement into different causes, or disengagement. Possible research topics include but are not restricted to 1- circulation of ideas, norms and activism through human networks; 2- patterns of activist network formation; 3- relationship between the exiled activists and their host countries; 4- continuities and ruptures in individual trajectories of activism. Candidates are expected to have conducted their doctoral research in one of the regions covered by the project (The Gulf, Turkey, South-Asia), to be proficient of one of its languages (Turkish, Arabic, Malay), and have an important knowledge of the fieldwork. Interdisciplinary approach is preferred, as well as some experience in ethnographic and biographical research, media studies, and discourse analysis.

Applicants may contact CAS researcher Giedre Sabaseviciute before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write to:

Eligibility Criteria

  • be high-level researchers from abroad, who defended their PhD no more than 10 years prior to the application deadline in a university outside the Czech Republic
  • conducting a research befitting one of the research projects described above
  • good command of English is mandatory

Submission guidelines

Applicants should provide the following documents:

  • Application form duly filled in: download here. The application form includes the description of a research project. The research project must: 1) specify the name of the research project you want to apply to (for ex. “Archives and Intertextuality”) and explain how your research befits it. 2) include an explanation on the methodology and inputs of your own research, as well as a selected bibliography (max. 1 page-long) 3) include outcomes (publications, conferences, and so forth).
  • A letter of reference from the PhD supervisor: download here. The letter must include a statement from the PhD supervisor (mentionning topic of the PhD and whether candidate was successful with it, and so forth)
  • A detailed CV
  • A list of publications
  • A copy of the PhD diploma

Application packages must be submitted by 23 August 2017 electronically in an email entitled “YOUR LAST NAME_TANDEM” at: Please send the application form in both PDF and as a Word-document. The selected post-doctoral researcher will be informed on 2 October 2017. 

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