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Job Opening: Student Assistant (f/m/d) at SCRIPTS in the project "Science Frictions: Patterns, Causes and Effects of Academic Freedom Contestations” - SCRIPTS SHK ID16

SCRIPTS is seeking a student assistant (m/f/d) in the research project “Science Friction: Patterns, Causes and Effects of Academic Freedom Contestations” with 41 hours/month limited to 2 years. Application deadline: 12.12.2022 (SCRIPTS SHK ID16)

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About the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)” is a research consortium that analyses the contemporary controversies about the model of liberal democracy and the market economy. The term “liberal script” relates to a set of ideas and institutional prescriptions about how society is organised based on the core principle of individual self-determination. The main purpose of SCRIPTS is to understand why the liberal model of order has fallen into crisis despite its political, economic, and social achievements.

SCRIPTS has been operating since 2019 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until the end of 2025. The Cluster is hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin and it unites eight major Berlin-based research institutes: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Hertie School, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW), the Leibniz Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and the Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO). Cluster research teams are made up of doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and professors from social and area studies. SCRIPTS is well connected with research institutes and knowledge exchange partners throughout the world, including political and cultural organisations, as well as civil society actors. In addition, SCRIPTS brings renowned visiting scholars from all over the world to Berlin.

The cluster's diverse research projects span the various partner institutions and thematic areas that the cluster researches and offer the opportunity to gain insight into the work of a large research network.

About the Research Project

The position is part of the three-year research project "Science Friction: Patterns, Causes and Effects of Academic Freedom Contestations," which conducts research on the patterns, causes, and effects of academic freedom contestations. Here, the goal is to identify the core content of academic freedom as a liberal norm, to capture the patterns in its contestation and explain them, and to examine the initial consequences of this contestation for academic freedom as a liberal international norm. The student employee will work with Professor Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and a postdoctoral researcher on this interdisciplinary project.


  • Provide research support through bibliographic research, text editing, data collection
  • Assist in the planning, preparation, and implementation of conferences and workshops within the project


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in the field of social sciences and/or regional studies
  • Very good command of written and spoken German and English; additional language skills are not necessary but may be an advantage
  • Interest in the topic of academic freedom and the liberal script
  • Good knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Knowledge of statistics and related software would be an advantage
  • Willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team

For further information, please contact Ms. Kaja Kreutz (kaja.kreutz@fu-berlin.de/ 030 83857099).


Applications should be submitted electronically by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel, quoting the identifier in PDF format (preferably as a single document): kaja.kreutz@fu-berlin.de or by mail to the

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften

Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Exzellenzcluster „Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)

Frau Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel

Ihnestr. 21

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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