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July 14, 2015

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Position at TU Darmstadt

The Graduate School of Urban Studies (URBANgrad) at Darmstadt University of Technology has set up a new graduate program on urban and infrastructural change in East Africa. This interdisciplinary program is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation and includes the following academic subjects: Spatial and Infrastructure Planning, Urban Development and Design, History of Technology, and Economic Geography and Global Studies.

Within this program we are currently inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Position (full-time) in the field of urban and/or infrastructure planning starting in October 2015 for initially 25 months (with an intended extension of three years). The program “Urban Infrastructures in Transition” focuses on developments in the East-African cities of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. In particular, it highlights the history of and the current challenges posed by urban infrastructures—the supply and use of water, energy, sewerage, telecommunication, and transportation services. Within its framework, researchers critically investigate the tensions between, on the one hand, internationally circulating technological ideals and models in the planning, design and construction of cities and, on the other hand, local processes of translation and modification.

We invite applications from candidates with a completed doctorate in urban/regional planning, geography, science and technology studies or a related field with excellent academic records, research experience in cities of the Global South and a strong interest in African cities. Your previous research activities and your publication record reflect your strong interest and extensive knowledge in the fields of urban studies, and urban governance and planning, as well as your strong methodological skills in empirical social/urban research. Knowledge in the social studies of technology and/or postcolonial (urban) studies is desirable for this position.

You will be expected to conduct critical research on urban planning and/or the governance of infrastructure in both cities, publish internationally, and teach within our Ph.D. program, to advise the Ph.D. candidates, to participate in and coordinate the academic activities of the program and to expand and deepen our network with partners from academia, planning practice and labor unions.

We offer an excellent research environment in a motivated, international team at a leading academic institution as well as the possibility for exchange in national and international networks. We encourage you to actively participate at the Darmstadt Research Centre for Urban Studies, the Frankfurt Center for  nterdisciplinary African Studies and the networks of the DFG-priority program “Creativity and adaptation in Africa” and of the Hans-Böckler Foundation. We offer salary according to the German public service pay scale depending on qualification and experience. Salaries range between 46,000 and 58,000 Euros per year (TV-TU Darmstadt E14). For more information on the program, the individual Ph.D. studies and the program’s institutional context, please refer to: www.urbangrad.tu-darmstadt.de/afrika, or contact the program director Jochen Monstadt +49-6151 162248; monstadt@stadtforschung.tudarmstadt.de).

The TU Darmstadt has an affirmative action program to promote equity in the employment of women, members of underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Interested candidates are asked to send their application (in English or German) as an email attachment directly to the following address: afrika@stadtforschung.tudarmstadt.de. Please include:

(1) a letter of motivation,

(2) your CV including information on your political engagement, e.g. in NGOs, labor unions or university bodies, 

(3.) a 5-8-page first sketch describing your postdoc research project and how it might contribute to our general research program,

(4.) transcripts, and

(5.) two short samples of recent publications (article and/or dissertation chapter); please merge the documents into one single pdf-file, max. 6 MB.

The deadline is August 15, 2015. The job interviews will take place on August 25 and 27, 2015.