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.
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: