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Advertising: 4-year PhD post – Ethnography of water security in Colombia

Advertising: 4-year PhD post – Ethnography of water security in Colombia

At IRI THESys, we are currently looking for an ethnographically competent and STS-minded PhD candidate to work with us and our partners in Colombia and Brazil on water security in Colombia in the context of multipurpose dams.

Deadline: 18th of December (despite what the advert says)

Please contact: for any further questions you may have.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities – Department of European Ethnology – IRI THESys Research fellow with expected 66,6 % part-time employment – E 13 TV-L HU (third- party funding for 4 years)

The IRI THESys is a flagship activity of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin which contributes to sharpening the university’s research profile in sustainability science by bringing together scientists from the humanities, social and natural science. For more information visit:

Job description: Scientific services in research as one of seven PhD researchers in the interdisciplinary project “Water4Whom”, especially research on social in/equality in everyday life with multipurpose reservoirs in three case studies in Colombia; Research

themes include livelihoods, access to water and water-related resources, adaptation strategies and capacities to aspire that will then be contrasted with the work of the other PhD researchers.

Requirements: Master degree in Social Anthropology, Human Geography or related subject; interest in multi-sited ethnographic research around dams in Colombia; interest in interdisciplinary collaboration; experience with ethnographic field work; excellent command of the Spanish and English languages; good communication skills; willingness to spend extended periods of time in rural Colombia; familiarity with water research, Latin America and theories of environmental justice will be an asset

More information about the project can be found here: or please contact Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner ( or Prof. Dr. Tobias Krüger (

Please send your application (including a letter of motivation, a full CV, copies of relevant certificates, a writing example (e.g. part of a thesis) and contact details of two referees) within 2 weeks and quoting the reference number DR/212/20, to: Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of European Ethnology, Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany or preferably in electronic form as one single pdf-document (max. 5 MB) to

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

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