PostDoc research stay ABM and archaeology

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PostDoc research stay (m/f/d) within the Leibniz Post Graduate School: Resources in Societies (ReSoc) – initially limited until 31.05.2020 – an extension until 31.12.2020 is desired, subject to approval by the Leibniz Association

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

To strengthen our interdisciplinary and international team, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) with either a strong background in social theory in archaeology and/or in agent-based modelling according to the basic research issues of the Project “Resources in Societies” (ReSoc) ( The position shall be anchored between the archaeological and the macroeconomic field and bridge both social and economic debates. The candidate (m/f/d) will staff up our team until the end of the project period. The researcher (m/f/d) will be enabled to follow his/her own agenda but it should be in line with the general targets and research conducted under ReSoc. There will also be ample opportunity to collaborate within the ReSoc Team. Furthermore, the researcher will share responsibilities for the final ReSoc Conference in Mai 2020 with the rest of the team.

ReSoc focuses on questions related to resources and their appropriation. ReSoc defines resources as a product of individual appropriation and social construction, as material sources and as mental perceptions.  Our guiding hypothesis is that resources represent an outstanding vehicle to describe social change in human history. Our transdisciplinary approach integrates social and cultural studies, natural sciences and social sciences/economics to explore the transformative potential of resources and their subsequent social impact.

Therefore the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM) and the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) have established a collaboration to enable PostDocs (m/f/d) to work and teach in a favoring scientific environment.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

Interested applicants should send their application per email to: Prof. Dr. Michael Roos,, by Friday, 4th October 2019 at the lastest.

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

At the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they are been underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.


  • a Ph.D. degree in Economics/Archaeological Sciences/Social Anthropology
  • extended knowledge and research experience in the field of Economics/Agent-based Modeling/Social Theory in Archaeology
  • excellent English language skills

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