Call for Applications: Research Training Group "Practicing Place" Research Associates (PhD and post-doctoral candidates)

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Cath. University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
contact email: 

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is a non-state university under church leadership and officially recognized by the Free State of Bavaria. It is committed to strong research and excellent teaching and combines first-class study conditions with an international focus. Eight faculties offer a wide range of subjects for around 5,000 students. The University employs 900 people of different faiths and beliefs. Grounded in the Christian view of human life, the KU aims to create an academic and educational culture of responsibility.

The DFG research training group (GRK) 2589 “Practicing Place: Sociocultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations“ aims at a critical reflection of the concepts of ‘place’ and ‘placing’ from a decidedly interdisciplinary perspective. Place and processes of (re-)placing have become central to a discussion of complex global interrelations, precisely at a time of growing transnational interdependencies and seemingly borderless communication networks. According to our guiding research idea, we suggest to think of place dynamically, as practicing place. Hence, we will consider specific practices of placing and their concomitant epistemic configurations (such as comprehending, mapping, locating, imagining, writing, experiencing, and redefining places) as well as the situatedness and specific locality of any practice.

Call for Applications: Research Associates (PhD and post-doctoral candidates)


We invite PhD candidates and postdocs focusing on topics relevant to the GRK’s research program to apply for the status of (non-remunerative) research associate. Successful applicants participate in the GRK’s regular colloquia, seminars as well as all other research activities. They are also eligible to apply for travel funds for research purposes at foreign institutions and conferences. The duration of the association is flexible, i.e. the association could span the entire duration of a qualification project or cover shorter periods. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience, preferably before April 15, 2021, in order to participate from the beginning of the program.


Your application

Please include the following documents in your application:

  • Letter of motivation, explaining why you are personally suited for the research and training program and how you would like to get involved in the research training group (no longer than 2 pages),
  • Résumé with detailed description of your scientific career to date,
  • Proof of scientific university degrees (if necessary in certified translation),
  • A letter of recommendation from a university lecturer providing information on the applicant's professional and methodological competence and scientific potential (no longer than 2 pages),
  • Presentation of the dissertation project (exposé no longer than 10 pages)


Please send your application with all above documents to the speaker of the research training group, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schmidt, by e-mail to (Reference: “Assoziierung“.)


All associates of the DFG research training group are obliged to acknowledge the nature and mission of the KU as stipulated in its Mission Statement and Foundation Charter.