Postdoctoral research position in Anthropology
27 de April de 2021
  1. Job Description

The Millennium Institute on Violence and Democracy Research (VioDemos) based at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is accepting applications for a 3-years Postdoctoral Fellowship in social anthropology. Research focus is broadly defined on experiences and expressions of state and non-state violence in relation to democratic practices in Chile.  

VioDemos is a newly established Millennium Institute funded by the National Agency of Development and Research (Chile) with researchers from the fields of social science (anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, law), history and arts. The overall purpose of VioDemos is to develop comprehensive analysis of how everyday and exceptional forms of state and non-state violence inform and affect practices of citizenship and democratic governance in Chile through an interdisciplinary comparative research strategy and historical analysis that also informs public policy. We believe that world class innovative research goes hand in hand with collaborative practices with the communities and people among whom we conduct our research, and we are committed to generate creative outreach activities.  

VioDemos’ research is organized in three lines: 

a) Structural violence and inequality 

b) Criminal violence and insecurity 

c) Political and ethnic violence.

The proposed research project must relate to one or two of these research lines and the successful candidate must actively participate in the seminars and activities of the interdisciplinary research clusters. While the overall topic is open, we are particularly interested in research proposals that focus on one of the following topics: Gender violence and urban insecurity; Police-citizens’ relations; Histories and practices of political radicalization. 

The successful candidate must conduct independent research, and in addition we expect that the position will lead to co-authored interdisciplinary publications in collaboration with the Millennium Institute’s researchers. The successful candidate will be based at VioDemos’ premises at the School of Anthropology at Campus San Joaquín, Santiago where it is also expected that he or she will participate in research seminars and relevant activities. 

  1. Required skills & expertise

The Fellowship is open to a candidate who has earned a PhD in anthropology or akin disciplines in the past 5 years (2016 and onwards). Exceptions from this PhD age can be made in the case of maternity leave or other documented and well justified reasons. If the candidate has not yet earned his or her degree, the application should indicate expected date of graduation. 

VioDemos strives to generate a diverse and inclusive research environment and we welcome candidates from all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. It is not a requirement to have previous research experiences from Chile or South America and we strongly favor a comparative research approach. However, strong oral and written language skills in Spanish as well as in English are mandatory and we expect the successful candidate to fully insert him or herself into the Chilean context. Additional factors that will favorably influence selection include: experience in ethnographic research and ability to develop an autonomous research agenda; ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment; experience with research dissemination and outreach activities. 

  1. Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of 3 years beginning from August 2021. Workplace is VioDemos at the School of Anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Campus San Joaquín (according to sanitary situation). The continuation in year 2 and 3 depends on having successfully fulfilled preestablished research activities, publication goals and to having submitted grant applications for external funding.

The gross salary will be $1.845.000 Chilean pesos (approximately 2626USD per month). Additionally, the selected candidate may apply for operating expenses related to research.  

Interested applicants send their application to by May 21st, 2021 at noon (Chilean time) the latest. The heading of the email should state “post doc application” and the applicant’s name. The applications should contain the following documents in one pdf-file:

  1. A cover letter explaining their motivation for applying (max. 1 page)
  2. A research proposal including research goals, proposed methodology, time plan and expected outcomes (max 2 pages) 
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Contact details for possible referees. 

We expect to conduct interviews with shortlisted candidates during the first week of June and we will communicate the decision soon thereafter. The selected candidate is expected to begin by August 1st, 2021. 

Questions about the application can be directed to VioDemos’ Director Helene Risør ( and Subdirector Angel Aedo (