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Two research fellows

06 02 2017
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Barçın Uluışık, barcin [dot] uluisik [at] wzb [dot] eu

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center’s research area International Politics and Law, Junior Research Group Global Humanitarian Medicine (Head: Dr. Tine Hanrieder), is looking for

two research fellows

to work initially 25,35 hours a week (65% of full employment) for three years, starting preferably on 1st June 2017, with the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree; if applicable, in connection with the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies (BTS).

The positions are within the research project ‘Medical Internationalisms and the Making of Global Public Health (Dr.GLOBAL)’. The project, funded by a Freigeist Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation, explores the North­–South–North knowledge transfer in the area of medical aid. It applies interpretative and descriptive-statistical methods in answering the question of which expert knowledge dominates the transnationalisation of medicine. Empirically, the focus is on the transfer of knowledge from the USA, France, and Cuba to Haiti and back. One of the positions will focus on the case of France, and the other the USA.



  • Analysis of transnational transfer of knowledge from France and the USA for selected areas of medical aid,
  • Contribution to the theoretical and empirical development of the project,
  • Participation in joint publications,
  • Presentation of project results in workshops and conferences,
  • Involvement in the organisation of the project and of relevant events.


  • Very good final grades (master’s or equivalent) in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health, or a related discipline,
  • Experience with qualitative or quantitative research methods,
  • Willingness to pursue doctoral studies in the topic area of the project.

Necessary language skills:

  • Both positions require very good level of written and spoken English language skills.
  • The position with a focus on France requires very good level of written and spoken French language skills.


Desirable qualities:

  • For the position with a focus on the USA, a good knowledge of French (to help with the case of Haiti),
  • Knowledge of the subject area of the project (e.g., globalisation processes, health policy, political sociology, professions),

Salary: EG 13 on the Wage Agreement for Public Service (TVöD) scale.

Equally well qualified disabled persons will be given priority. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immigrant background to apply.

Applications including a motivation letter with reference to the theme of the project, a curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates, and two letters of reference should be sent to the following e-mail address in the form of onesingle PDF file by 06 February 2017:

Barçın Uluışık, barcin [dot] uluisik [at] wzb [dot] eu

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin