1 Postdoctoral position in “political economy, global transformation, and anthropology” The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology


The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to theory building, although there is also an applied dimension to much of our work, as well as legal and political topicality.


The Department “Anthropology of Economic Experimentation” is offering



1 Postdoctoral position in “political economy, global transformation, and anthropology”

(starting as soon as possible after 1 September 2021)



Essential Duties & Responsibilities

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar who will bring together theories in political economy and in anthropology to examine a topic related to the current reorganization of the global economy. The scholar must: have carried out in-depth field research on a relevant topic; have a solid foundation in political economy theories; and be committed to broad conceptualization beyond case studies. Preferred qualities include familiarity with the latest economic theory (e.g. behavioural economics; narrative economics) and economic practice (e.g. artificial intelligence enabled financial technology).


Your Profile

Applicants should either have a doctoral degree in anthropology, sociology or a related discipline or submit evidence indicating that such a dissertation will be finished and submitted before the designated starting date.


Our Offer

The postdoctoral position (TVöD E13) will be for a duration of 2 years, renewable for a third year. Employment will be on a full-time contractual basis. The workplace is Halle/Saale (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany). The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology offers a diverse, international, flexible and stimulating work environment, with support for training and professional development opportunities.


The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.


The Max Planck Society strives to ensure gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


Deadline: 1 August 2021.



Please submit your application materials electronically by following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career’), or by going directly to the online application form using the link below.


Applicants should send the following documentation:

cover letter

• CV, including list of publications

• 2 writing samples (chapter or article length)

• 1-2 page summary of doctoral thesis

• short (1-2 pages) proposal for the work (this will form a basis for discussion if the applicant is short-listed).

• photocopies of university degrees

• names of two referees


Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Personnel Administration

Janka Diallo (jdiallo@eth.mpg.de)


We look forward to receiving your completed online application under:



Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute is available on our website: http://www.eth.mpg.de


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