Post-doctoral position “Rurality and social sciences” (EHESS Paris)

RHN 26/2020 | Opportunity

One-year post-doctoral position “Rurality and social sciences”, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2020


This post-doctoral position draws its inspiration from the observation of a significant renewal of works on rurality in the social sciences. It is open to all cultural areas and approaches. The project may address the important issues of defining rurality in its spatial, statistical, or social configurations. Proposals may deal with socialization processes, as well as the place of young people entering the labor market without having completed higher education and seeking social advancement through the accumulation of economic capital (craftsmen, small business owners, self-employed people, etc.). The research may reflect on the place of the school system in the definition of life ages, gender dynamics, cultural practices, migration, or political dynamics.

The EHESS is offering a total of 10 one-year post-doctoral positions. Gross monthly salary: 2365 €

We are recruiting researchers who study the following topics:

1/Environment in Asia

2/Material and intellectual techniques for the constitution of sciences and knowledge

3/Intimacy and migrations

4/Emotions and social sciences

5/Rurality and social sciences (see above)

6/Vulnerability and social sciences  

7/Political and economic behaviors after socialism  

8/Sexual violence, gender violence

9/Past responsibilities, future responsibilities: memory, anticipations, trials

10/Industrial relations, social conflicts, and collective bargaining

All candidates must have defended their theses between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2020.

This offer is not open to PhD’s from the EHESS or EHESS-associated institutions. Candidates must never have been an associate member or recruited in one of the research units under the supervision of EHESS.

Applicants may apply to only one position chosen from among the ten topics. Dossiers submitted for multiple topics will not be accepted.

We are particularly interested in very interdisciplinary projects with an international scope and which open up a potential for dialogue with several laboratories or fields at the EHESS.

In its efforts to respect gender equality, the EHESS is seeking to increase the number of women in its ranks.

Applications may only be submitted via the EHESS employment website.

Please include the following documents (in pdf format) along with your application:

  • A curriculum vitae with a list of publications
  • A copy of your PhD diploma or a certificate attesting the authenticity of your degree
  • Your PhD dissertation defense report.
  • A letter of motivation/application addressed to the President of the EHESS
  • A document -- five-pages maximum -- stating your research project and post-doc activities which address specifically the chosen research topic.

Research and post-doc activities proposals may be submitted in English however, a good grasp of written and spoken French is required.

All applications must be made via the EHESS employment website between Monday, 2 March 2020 and Tuesday, 31 March 2020 at noon Paris time.

An automatic confirmation of reception of the application, subject to the verification of the candidate’s admissibility to a post-doctoral position at the EHESS, will be sent to the email address listed on the candidate’s application.

The results will be available on Thursday, 28 May 2020 on the EHESS website. The successful candidates will be notified directly by the department of human resources.

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