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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

Das Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung (WZB) betreibt pro­blem­ori­en­tierte Grund­la­gen­for­schung. Unter­sucht wer­den Ent­wick­lun­gen, Pro­bleme und Inno­va­ti­ons­chan­cen moder­ner Gesell­schaf­ten. Die For­schung ist theo­rie­ge­lei­tet, pra­xis­be­zo­gen, oft lang­fris­tig ange­legt und meist inter­na­tio­nal ver­glei­chend.

Rese­arch Fel­low

Work­ing field:

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre, Pro­ject Group “Inter­na­tio­nal Citi­zenship Law” (led by Pro­fes­sor Liav Orgad) in the Rese­arch Area Migra­tion and Diver­sity, is offe­ring a posi­tion for a

Rese­arch Fel­low
in the field of “Glo­bal Gover­nance of Citi­zenship”

to work initi­ally 25.35 hours per week (65% of full employ­ment), pre­fe­r­a­bly star­ting in sum­mer 2018 or ear­lier, for up to four years, with the oppor­tu­nity to pur­sue a doc­to­ral degree (Ph.D.) wit­hin the con­text of the pro­ject, super­vi­sed by the pro­ject lea­der; if app­lica­ble, in con­nec­tion with the Ber­lin Gra­duate School for Social Sci­en­ces or the Ber­lin Gra­duate School of Trans­na­tio­nal Stu­dies.

The posi­tion is wit­hin the rese­arch pro­ject “Glo­bal Citi­zenship Law: Inter­na­tio­nal Migra­tion and Con­sti­tu­tio­nal Iden­tity”. The pro­ject, fun­ded by a Euro­pean Rese­arch Coun­cil Star­ting Grant (ERC), is jointly hosted by the WZB Ber­lin (where the work place will mainly be loca­ted) and the Robert Schu­man Centre for Advan­ced Stu­dies at the Euro­pean Uni­ver­sity Insti­tute in Flo­rence, pro­vi­ding the Rese­arch Fel­low with a uni­que oppor­tu­nity to bene­fit from Europe’s two lea­ding rese­arch insti­tu­tes in the fields of inter­na­tio­nal law, citi­zenship theory, and glo­bal migra­tion.

Details on the Pro­ject Group are avail­able here.

Job descrip­tion:
The Rese­arch Fel­low should deve­lop an ori­gi­nal rese­arch that will result in high-qua­lity aca­de­mic publi­ca­ti­ons; pre­sent pro­ject results in con­fe­ren­ces; cont­ri­bute to the com­mu­nity life of the Pro­ject Group; par­ti­ci­pate in rese­arch-rela­ted activi­ties; and help in the manage­ment of the pro­ject.

Inter­na­tio­nal law does not gene­rally regu­late natu­ra­liza­t­ion; natio­na­lity law remains the last strong­hold of sover­eig­nty. The ERC pro­ject has two cen­tral goals: [1] empi­ri­cally, it asks to recon­struct inter­na­tio­nal legal stan­dards con­cerning natu­ra­liza­t­ion law by ana­ly­zing sour­ces of inter­na­tio­nal courts and bodies; [2] nor­ma­tively, the pro­ject invi­tes theo­re­ti­cal reflec­tions on the con­cept of citi­zenship in inter­na­tio­nal law, its glo­bal allo­ca­tion, and the inter­na­tio­nal struc­ture governing it; topics include, e.g., res­pon­si­bi­lity-sharing mecha­nisms for citi­zenship allo­ca­tion, tech­no­lo­gi­cal inno­va­tions, bor­ders and boun­da­ries of citi­zenship in inter­na­tio­nal law, and a con­cept of “glo­bal citi­zenship”. The Ph.D. pro­ject can focus on some of these topics or other rela­ted topics.


App­li­cants should hold a Mas­ter degree in law or politi­cal theory or rela­ted disci­pli­nes with excel­lent results by the time of star­ting the employ­ment con­tract, and have a demons­tra­ted inte­rest in migra­tion or citi­zenship.

App­li­cants must have excel­lent wri­ting and pre­sen­ta­tion skills in Eng­lish (Eng­lish is the working lan­guage of the rese­arch group). App­li­cants who have not com­ple­ted their Mas­ter degree by the time of the app­li­ca­tion should include a state­ment con­fir­ming the expec­ted date of the degree.

In addi­tion to the eli­gi­bi­lity requi­re­ments, selec­tion cri­te­ria will con­sider the app­li­cant’s aca­de­mic record, rese­arch plan, rese­arch moti­va­tion, and know­ledge/expe­ri­ence in the rese­arch areas of the pro­ject.

The call is also open to stu­dents who are alre­ady enrol­led in a PhD pro­gram at other Ger­man or inter­na­tio­nal uni­ver­si­ties and are wil­ling to relo­cate to Ber­lin for the dura­tion of the con­tract.

Equally well-qua­li­fied disa­b­led per­sons will be given pre­fe­rence. The WZB expressly invi­tes women and people with an immi­grant back­ground to apply.

What we of­fer:

Pay group E13 in accor­dance with Ger­man Collec­tive Agree­ment for the Public Ser­vice (TVöD Bund).

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­tion Mate­ri­als
  • Cur­ri­cu­lum Vitae (maxi­mum 3 pages),
  • Rese­arch Plan, which should con­tain a state­ment of the app­li­cant’s ideas on the rese­arch ques­ti­ons, theo­re­ti­cal frame­work, and metho­do­lo­gi­cal approach (maxi­mum 3 pages),
  • Let­ter of Moti­va­tion, which should describe a career plan and rea­sons for see­king to join the “Glo­bal Citi­zenship Law” pro­ject (maxi­mum 500 words).

Please sub­mit your com­plete app­li­ca­tion by email (as one PDF file) by the clo­sing date of March 15, 2018 to:

Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH
Pro­fes­sor Liav Orgad,

Short­lis­ted can­di­da­tes will be invi­ted to an inter­view with the selec­tion board at WZB Ber­lin in April 2018; tra­vel expen­ses can be cove­red accord­ing to the WZB regu­la­ti­ons for the reim­bur­se­ment of tra­vel costs to job-inter­views.