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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter con­ducts basic research with a focus on prob­lems of mod­ern soci­et­ies in a glob­al­ized world. The research is the­ory-based, prob­lem-ori­ented, often long-term and mostly based on inter­na­tional com­par­is­ons.

Stu­dent Assist­ant

Work­ing field:

The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter) seeks to fill one pos­i­tion in its Demo­cracy and Demo­crat­iz­a­tion research unit. It seeks

one stu­dent assist­ant

to sup­port the ‘MAR­POR Mani­festo Research on Polit­ical Rep­res­ent­a­tion’ pro­ject (Dir­ector: Prof. Bernhard Weßels) from 15.06.2018 until 31.3.2019 with a weekly work­load of 15 to 19 hours. MAR­POR (formerly known as CMP) is involved with the col­lec­tion and com­par­at­ive con­tent ana­lysis of parties’ elect­oral mani­fes­tos, with the sup­port of coun­try experts from over 50 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The pro­ject team coordin­ates the data gen­er­a­tion and the data ana­lysis. It works with a com­plex tech­nical infra­struc­ture that is con­tinu­ously developed. This infra­struc­ture includes amongst oth­ers a cod­ing plat­form and a large text cor­pus of annot­ated mani­fes­tos. MAR­POR’s goal is to provide the sci­entific com­munity with a data­base of party mani­fes­tos, and policy pos­i­tions derived from a con­tent ana­lysis of those mani­fes­tos, from over 50 coun­tries within the period 1945 to 2021.

Sup­port for devel­op­ment of the pro­ject’s tech­no­lo­gical infra­struc­ture. This includes assist­ance in the gen­er­a­tion and enhance­ment of the pro­ject’s text cor­pora, the exten­sion of the R-pack­age mani­festoR, data clean­ing, data man­age­ment and data ana­lysis. The role also includes sup­port for the team in pro­cessing elect­oral pro­grammes and con­tent ana­lyt­ical data.


  • pro­fi­ciency in a pro­gram­ming lan­guage (R, Python, Ruby, …)
  • will­ing­ness to learn R, in case of no R know­ledge
  • stu­dent in com­puter sci­ence/math, polit­ical/social sci­ences, or related fields
  • interest in research on demo­cracy, parties and elec­tions
  • able to work inde­pend­ently
  • very good com­mand of the Eng­lish lan­guage

  • exper­i­ence with gen­er­at­ing and man­aging data­sets and/or text cor­pora
  • basic know­ledge in quant­it­at­ive research and/or com­puter-assisted con­tent ana­lysis
  • exper­i­ence with LaTeX
  • exper­i­ence with Git

What we of­fer:

Salary: TV Stud II (cur­rently 11,24 € per hour)

How to ap­ply:

People with dis­ab­il­it­ies with equal qual­i­fic­a­tions will be treated pref­er­en­tially. The WZB par­tic­u­larly wel­comes applic­a­tions from women and people from immig­rant back­grounds.

Can­did­ates are kindly reques­ted to sub­mit their applic­a­tion (includ­ing their CV, a let­ter of motiv­a­tion, and all rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates) no later than May 22, 2018 in one PDF file by email to:

Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH
Nic­olas Merz