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.
he Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB Berlin Social Science Centre), research department Institutions and Political Inequality (IPI) (Director: Professor Macartan Humphreys) seeks to hire
A Postdoctoral Research Fellow (f/m/x)
for an appointment starting September 2021 (negotiable) for a duration of up to three years. Shorter durations are possible for candidates with faculty positions in hand. The appointment is made at 100% of the regular working hours (currently 39 hours/week).
WZB is a non-profit organization and a member of the Leibniz Association. WZB engages in research of fundamental societal questions from the perspectives of different disciplines. It is one of the most renowned institutions in the field of social sciences. The scientists who work together at the institute come from such fields as sociology, political science, economics, law, and psychology. The findings of WZB research are directed at the science community, the interested public, and also experts dealing with political and economic issues, with media, and society.
The institutions and political inequality research department focuses on the political economy of social and political inequality.
Your tasks and duties
The research fellow will work independently, designing and implementing research projects and producing high-quality publications in at least one of the unit’s thematic research areas (political inequality, between-group inequalities, cumulative learning).
This position is part of a wider WZB effort to strengthen research in the area of digitalization, both as a substantive research topic and as a methodological tool. Candidates for this position should demonstrate a research agenda related to how processes of digitalization impact and interact with substantive research areas of the department. Examples include, but are not limited to: using digital data, such as mobility and communications data, to understand patterns of inequality and social/political fragmentation; assessing the role of Information and Communications Tools (ICTs) in altering political inequality and accountability; understanding the political implications of state surveillance technologies and how they affect inequality and the nature of protest and contestation; understanding polarization, intergroup relations, and political and social mobilization in online communities; and using ICTs to deliver experimental interventions and collect information from populations. We particularly welcome agendas that focus on such questions in developing contexts.
In addition, the fellow will be expected to collaborate with and mentor other scholars in the unit and play a leading role in developing the unit’s workshops and research projects.
Your qualification and profile
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in political science, economics, statistics, or a related social science discipline by the time the position will start, and have a vibrant and creative research agenda. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from candidates who will be a few months away from defending their Ph.D. by the time the position starts.
Excellent English writing and communication skills are required (English is the working knowledge of the unit).
Applicants should have skills in quantitative methods or formal theory, preferably with training in causal inference and knowledge of Bayesian methods.
What we offer:
Remuneration in accordance with EG 14 TVöD Bund (in accordance with German public service collective agreement)
Additional benefits for public service employees (VBL U)
International, cooperative, and diversified working environment
In-depth integration into the scientific community in the form of colloquiums and conferences
Flexible working hours
We promote a good work-life balance, and our engagement has been certified by audit workandfamily and the European Commission’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
Comprehensive program for continuous professional development and further qualification
How to apply:
Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. We value diversity and welcome all applications – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. WZB expressly encourages women or persons with migration backgrounds to apply.
In addition, applicants should separately submit one letter of recommendation (additional letters are welcome and will be sought for shortlisted candidates). Please, ask your letter writer to send the letter of recommendation to the email-address email@example.com quoting “[your last name] IPI postdoc reference letter” in the subject line by March 1st, 2021.