CfA: 4-year full-time research fellowship for a social science researcher (SNA) in an ERC project (deadline 6 June)

Dear members of the HNR community,

Perhaps some of you or your contacts might be interested in the following research fellowship in the ERC Consolidator Grant-funded Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET,

4-year full-time research fellowship for a social science researcher (SNA) in an ERC project (deadline 6 June)


Expected start: 1 September 2022 (negotiable)

Duration: 31 August 2023 (first contract), 31 August 2026 (very probable extension based on performance review)

Deadline for applications: 6 June 2022 23:59 CET (Prague)

Full call and submission:

The Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET,, principal investigator Dr. David Zbíral) – an ERC Consolidator Grant-funded research initiative based at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) – offers a full-time research fellowship for a social researcher with expertise in social network theory and methods. The successful applicant will participate in frontier social network research using rich historical data to model the mechanisms behind the formation of covert networks of medieval religious dissent and the patterns of denunciation and resistance in inquisition trials.

DISSINET studies the social, spatial, and discursive patterns of medieval dissidence and inquisition. Historians in the team transform medieval inquisition documents into rich structured data on human interactions within dissident religion and inquisition trials. These data represent a unique source of information on pre-modern networks (e.g., kinship networks, communication networks, and participation in the same event).

The successful candidate will develop their own research direction in consultation with the principal investigator, develop systematic connections between DISSINET’s research agenda and social scientific research, and publish in journals focusing on quantitative research in the social sciences and on social network analysis (e.g., Social Science History, Journal of Social History, Social Networks, Network Science, Americal Journal of Sociology).

We offer growth in interdisciplinary research in a prestigious frontier-research project, a competitive salary, an individual research budget of 4,000 EUR each year, and various other benefits.

The position is residential. Brno is a very pleasant university city ca. 2 hours by direct train connection from Vienna and Prague, and offers all the opportunities of a modern metropolis.

Deadline: 6 June 2022 23:59 CET (Prague)

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Published by Ingeborg van Vugt
May 14, 2022

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