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Job Opening: One postdoctoral researcher in the project "Race and Multilaterialism" (RAM)

News from Aug 16, 2022

SCRIPTS is seeking a postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) with full-time employment limited to 3 years, remuneration group E13 (TV-L FU), reference code: Postdoc_SCRIPTS_Orders. DEADLINE: 29 Aug 2022

About the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)” is a research consortium that analyses the contemporary controversies about the model of liberal democracy and the market economy. The term “liberal script” relates to a set of ideas and institutional prescriptions about how society is organised based on the core principle of individual self-determination. The main purpose of SCRIPTS is to understand why the liberal model of order has fallen into crisis despite its political, economic, and social achievements.

SCRIPTS has been operating since 2019 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until the end of 2025. The Cluster is hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin and it unites eight major Berlin-based research institutes: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Hertie School, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW), the Leibniz Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and the Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO). Cluster research teams are made up of doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and professors from social and area studies. SCRIPTS is well connected with research institutes and knowledge exchange partners throughout the world, including political and cultural organisations, as well as civil society actors. In addition, SCRIPTS brings renowned visiting scholars from all over the world to Berlin.

The cluster's diverse research projects span the various partner institutions and thematic areas that the cluster researches and offer the opportunity to gain insight into the work of a large research network.

Job Description

The post-doctoral position is open to candidates with expertise in international relations, history, sociology, or international law. The Post-Doc will work closely with the SCRIPTS research units Orders, Temporality, and Borders and will be based at the John F. Kennedy Institute. The position offers the post-doc the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications (e.g., monograph, habilitation, or similar).

About the Research Project

The Race and Multilateralism (RAM) project examines how multilateralism, an institutional form of international cooperation central to the liberal international order, has played a role in creating, restoring, or overcoming the racialized nature of that order. This project examines the relationship between race as a constructed category and multilateralism as an institutional form along three lines of inquiry: first, how the structure of multilateralism as an institutional form, particularly in comparison to imperialism, constructs "racial" exclusions and hierarchies; second, the political output of multilateral institutions (e.g. agreements, international law decisions, conventions, etc) in relation to "race" will be examined to understand how multilateral institutions have regulated meanings of "race" and to explain why these have changed over time; third, the diversity policies of staff and leaders within multilateral organizations will be examined to understand how practices of representation influence decision-making and institutional legitimacy. The project is based on an interdisciplinary and historical approach. The project is embedded in a larger research agenda concerned with historicizing the design and development of multilateralism as an institutional form.


  • Contribute to collaborative research in the three research themes.
  • Support for collecting, analyzing, and managing data related to the policy output of multilateral international institutions
  • Independent research on a topic relevant to one of the three research questions of the project
  • Organizational and content support for the planning of two workshops with international participants organized by the project
  • Project management support, including working with student assistants, developing project timelines and goals, and preparing publications.

Recruitment Requirements

  • University degree and completed doctorate in in political science/international relations, sociology, history, or international law, or another relevant discipline.


  • Applicants have a research focus in one or more of the following areas: international organizations, history of multilateralism, postcolonialism, race and IR, or other topics whose relevance to the research topics can be demonstrated.
  • Applicants have quantitative or qualitative research skills related to data collection and analysis, such as content analysis, archival research, process tracing, or interviewing.
  • Excellent English language skills (C1)
  • Very good PhD

Further questions can be directed to Prof. Dr. Lora Anne Viola (lora.viola@fu-berlin.de).

We value diversity and welcome all applications — independent of gender, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity. Applications from women and persons with a migration background are especially welcome. Applications from people with a recognized disability status will be considered preferentially.


Applications including 1) curriculum vitae, 2) copies of relevant references, 3) a brief statement of interest outlining the proposed contribution to the project (2 pages), and 4) an academic work sample/excerpt (max. 20 pages) should be sent electronically in a pdf file to Prof. Lora Anne Viola: politics@jfki.fu-berlin.de or by mail to.

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften

Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Exzellenzcluster "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS)

Frau Prof. Lora Anne Viola

Ihnestr. 22

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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