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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Social Sci­ences

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.

Postdoc­toral researcher (m/f/x)

Work­ing field:

The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre) is offer­ing a pos­i­tion of a

Postdoc­toral researcher (m/f/x).

The pos­i­tion will be within the inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research unit Migra­tion, Integ­ra­tion, Transna­tion­al­iz­a­tion (MIT), headed by Prof. Dr. Ruud Koop­mans. The pos­i­tion is full-time (cur­rently 39 weekly hours) and with dur­a­tion of two years. The start­ing date should be no later than Septem­ber 2020.

The researcher will work on the pro­ject “The Asso­ci­ation between Per­ceived and Actual Xeno­pho­bia (APAX)”, fun­ded by the Ger­man Research Found­a­tion (DFG) and dir­ec­ted by Asso­ci­ate Pro­fessor Dr. Mer­lin Schaef­fer. The aim of the pro­ject is to empir­ic­ally uncover and cla­rify the obscure inter­link­age of actual and per­ceived xeno­pho­bia/dis­crim­in­a­tion by means of online trust games. Among the prom­in­ent puzzles of per­ceived xeno­pho­bia range re-appear­ing find­ings that bet­ter-integ­rated per­sons of immig­rant ori­gin tend to feel par­tic­u­larly dis­crim­in­ated and rejec­ted; but are they? One explan­a­tion, among oth­ers, is that their accul­tur­a­tion allows them to fully grasp the true extent of dis­crim­in­a­tion they face. To prop­erly invest­ig­ate these claims and ques­tions, we need micro data about the (in-)accur­acy of a) indi­vidu­als’ per­cep­tions of xeno­pho­bia and dis­crim­in­a­tion com­pared against b) their actual rejec­tion and dis­crim­in­a­tion by nat­ive major­ity mem­bers. This pro­ject aims to col­lect such data for the first time, by con­duct­ing online trust games with non-hypo­thet­ical vign­ettes among 2,000 nat­ives and per­sons of immig­rant ori­gin in Ger­many’s five largest cit­ies.

Fur­ther inform­a­tion about the WZB and the research unit MIT is avail­able at:

Job descrip­tion
The researcher will design, imple­ment and ana­lyze game the­or­etic trust exper­i­mental games in Ger­many’s five largest cit­ies, pre­pare art­icles for pub­lic­a­tion in inter­na­tional peer-reviewed journ­als, and present pro­ject res­ults in national and inter­na­tional con­fer­ences and work­shops. He or she will also con­trib­ute to the pre­par­a­tion of pro­ject reports.


  • Doc­toral degree with excel­lent res­ults (obtained already or soon to be com­pleted)
  • We are primar­ily seek­ing a soci­olo­gist, polit­ical sci­ent­ist, psy­cho­lo­gist, or an eco­nom­ist, with very good know­ledge and exper­i­ence in con­duct­ing exper­i­mental research. But we are open to schol­ars from related dis­cip­lines
  • Strong back­ground in design­ing, imple­ment­ing, and ana­lyz­ing exper­i­ments
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish writ­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • Prefer­ably pre­vi­ous know­ledge in the field of migra­tion and integ­ra­tion research
  • Know­ledge of Ger­man is wel­come but not required

What we of­fer:

Group EG 14 TVöD (in accord­ance with the Ger­man pub­lic ser­vice col­lect­ive agree­ment, if all require­ments are met).

How to ap­ply:

Equally well qual­i­fied dis­abled can­did­ates will be given pref­er­ence. We value diversity and wel­come all applic­a­tions - regard­less of gender, nation­al­ity, eth­nic or social ori­gin, reli­gion, dis­ab­il­ity, age or sexual ori­ent­a­tion. The WZB expressly invites women and per­sons with migra­tion back­ground to apply.

Please sub­mit your elec­tronic applic­a­tion (one single pdf-file) by 8 March, 2020. The applic­a­tion should con­tain a motiv­a­tion let­ter, CV, rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates (if applic­able) and a two-page sum­mary of your pre­vi­ous and cur­rent research. Please address your applic­a­tion to:

Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH / WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre
Elisa­beth von Bres­sens­dorf

Quot­ing “postdoc researcher APAX” in the sub­ject line.