1 position as PhD candidate in the University of BernInstitute of Sociology, University of Bern

09/03/2017 Cuadrado Camilo


The position is available from the 1st of September 2017 as part of the research project "Religionand morality policy – An analysis of the influence of religious groups during the implementation stage", headed by Professor Christian Joppke (University of Berne) and Professor Christoph Knill (LMU Munchen). This project aims to assess the engagement of religious communities (e.g. Catholic Church, Protestant Church, Muslim religious communities and related welfare organizations) during the implementation process of morality policies (assisted suicide, religious education, prostitution, same-sex partnership rights). The focus is on six Western European countries with different church-state regimes and distinct legal provisions for nonimmigrant and immigrant religions (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom). The Swiss Research Foundation (SNF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) jointly provide funding for the project for a period of 3 years.


• Conducting interviews with representatives of the relevant religious communities in Belgium and France
• Collecting secondary data and contributing to the development of a coding scheme and a country- and policy-comparative database.
• Co-authorship of project publications and presentations at international conferences.
• Development of a PhD dissertation in the realm of the research project.
• Coordination of and cooperation with student research assistants.
• Collaboration with the project team at the LMU Munchen.

Required qualifications

• Completed MA degree in political science or sociology.
• Very good knowledge of research in the fields of religion and politics.
• Solid training in research design and empirical methods in social sciences (quantitative methods and qualitative methods of data analysis).
• Fluency in English; good knowledge of French
• Reliability, flexibility, and passion about scientific work.


The University of Bern offers

• Employment for a period of 3 years (SNF scale, 50%).
• Highly interesting and promising research environment at an excellent Swiss university and an experienced research team.
• International research team with the opportunity for short-term research stays abroad.

University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who possess essentially equal qualifications will be given preference.

If you have any question, please contact Dr. Irina Ciornei (irina.ciornei@soz.unibe.ch). Please email your application with a letter of motivation, CV, copies of your degrees and language certificates (if applicable), and a paper of at least 5 pages (either outline of the planned doctoral thesis or a paper you plan on writing in the context of the project) to Irina Ciornei and Michalina Preisner (michalina.preisner@soz.unibe.ch) by 1st May 2017.