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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

The WZB ( is a pub­licly fun­ded research insti­tute and a mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation, enga­ging in research of fun­da­mental soci­etal ques­tions from the per­spect­ives of dif­fer­ent dis­cip­lines. It is one of the most renowned insti­tu­tions in the social sci­ences. Our sci­ent­ists come from such fields as soci­ology, polit­ical sci­ence, eco­nom­ics, law, and psy­cho­logy. The find­ings of WZB research are dir­ec­ted at the sci­entific com­munity and the inter­ested pub­lic, as well as experts deal­ing with polit­ical and eco­nomic issues, media, and soci­ety.

Postdoc­toral Research Fel­low (f/m/x)


Work­ing field:

For its Global Gov­ernance depart­ment in the research area Inter­na­tional Polit­ics and Law (Dir­ector: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn), the WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter is seek­ing to hire a

Postdoc­toral Research Fel­low (f/m/x)

for an appoint­ment start­ing on 01 Septem­ber 2021 (nego­ti­able) until 31 August 2024, with the pos­sib­il­ity of exten­sion. The appoint­ment is made at 100% of the reg­u­lar work­ing hours (cur­rently 39 hours/week).

The Global Gov­ernance depart­ment ana­lyses polit­ical cooper­a­tion bey­ond national bor­ders along three inter­re­lated clusters focus­ing on the polit­ical author­ity of inter­na­tional insti­tu­tions, on norm­at­ive ten­sions and coordin­a­tion con­flicts in the inter­na­tional sys­tem, as well as on the politi­ciz­a­tion and the chal­lengers of gov­ernance arrange­ments bey­ond the nation state.

Your tasks
  • The research fel­low will work inde­pend­ently and jointly with other mem­bers of the depart­ment, design­ing and imple­ment­ing research pro­jects and pro­du­cing high-qual­ity pub­lic­a­tions related to the depart­ment’s research pro­gramme.
  • The 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 thus demon­strate a research agenda that links soci­etally rel­ev­ant ques­tions on digit­al­isa­tion with the polit­ics bey­ond the nation state, broadly con­strued. Exem­plary top­ics include, but are not lim­ited to, reg­u­la­tion of digital tech­no­lo­gies by inter­na­tional insti­tu­tions, digital dip­lomacy and/or social media usage of inter- and supra­na­tional act­ors, mar­ket power of digital ser­vice pro­viders and ‘weapon­ized inter­de­pend­ence’, or transna­tional polit­ical mobil­isa­tion via social media.
  • The research fel­low is expec­ted to engage in the col­lab­or­at­ive exchange within the Global Gov­ernance depart­ment and the insti­tute as a whole. Part of the job assign­ment (~20%) will be con­sult­ing, assist­ing, and col­lab­or­at­ing with col­leagues in tap­ping into digital data sources and ana­lyz­ing them quant­it­at­ively.


Your qual­i­fic­a­tions
  • Applic­ants must have com­pleted a PhD in polit­ical sci­ence, inter­na­tional rela­tions, polit­ical soci­ology, data sci­ence and stat­ist­ics, or a related social sci­ence dis­cip­line by the time the pos­i­tion starts, and should show­case a vibrant and cre­at­ive research agenda that broadly fits to the themes sketched above.
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish writ­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills are required. Ger­man is not required but may be an asset (in-house lan­guage courses are avail­able).
  • Applic­ants should have demon­strated skills in col­lect­ing, ana­lyz­ing, and visu­al­iz­ing inform­a­tion from digital sources.

What we of­fer:

Our offer
  • Remu­ner­a­tion in accord­ance with EG 14 TVöD Bund (in accord­ance with Ger­man Wage Agree­ment for Pub­lic Ser­vice),
  • Integ­ra­tion into the sci­entific com­munity in the form of col­loquia and con­fer­ences, and the pos­sib­il­ity to teach courses at uni­versit­ies in Ber­lin,
  • Research sup­port by stu­dent assist­ants and travel fund­ing, as well as oppor­tun­it­ies to invite external col­lab­or­at­ors and vis­it­ing research fel­lows,
  • Flex­ible work­ing hours and a good work–life bal­ance (our engage­ment has been cer­ti­fied by the audit Work and Fam­ily and the European Com­mis­sion’s Human Resources Strategy for Research­ers).

How to ap­ply:

Equally well-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 back­ground to apply.

Can­did­ates are kindly required to send their applic­a­tion doc­u­ments in Eng­lish (includ­ing a let­ter of motiv­a­tion, a short sketch of a research plan of 2–3 pages, tab­u­lar cur­riculum vitae, cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates, PhD cer­ti­fic­ate) per e-mail, in the form of one single PDF file, no later than 31 May 2021 to:
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