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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter is a pub­licly fin­anced research insti­tu­tion that con­ducts lead­ing edge the­ory-based and prob­lem-ori­ented social sci­ence research ( WZB research­ers come from across the globe and work across social sci­ence dis­cip­lines includ­ing soci­ology, polit­ical sci­ence, eco­nom­ics, law, and psy­cho­logy. A mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation, WZB’s research is dir­ec­ted at the sci­ence com­munity, policy makers, the media and the gen­eral pub­lic.

The Global Soci­ology research unit focuses on global struc­tures, pro­cesses, and prac­tices, as well as their causes and out­comes. It is part of the Cluster of Excel­lence “Con­test­a­tions of the Lib­eral Scripts” (SCRIPTS), which ana­lyses the con­tem­por­ary con­tro­ver­sies about the lib­eral order from a his­tor­ical, global, and com­par­at­ive per­spect­ive. Besides the WZB, the Cluster includes the Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin, the Hum­boldt Uni­versity of Ber­lin, the Her­tie School of Gov­ernance, the Centre for East European and Inter­na­tional Stud­ies, the Ger­man Insti­tute for Eco­nomic Research, the Ger­man Insti­tute of Global and Area Stud­ies, and the Leib­niz Centre for Mod­ern Ori­ental Stud­ies (

Research Fel­low (m/w/d)


The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, research area Inter­na­tional Polit­ics and Law, research unit Global Soci­ology (led by Pro­fessor Yasemin Soysal), is seek­ing to employ

one Research Fel­low (f/m/x)

to be employed full­time (39 hours/week) until 31 Decem­ber 2025, start­ing earli­est on 01 Decem­ber 2021 and latest on 01 Feb­ru­ary 2022.

Work­ing field:

Con­trib­ut­ing con­cep­tu­ally and empir­ic­ally to the study of global pro­cesses in one of the cent­ral research fields of the unit: cit­izen­ship, human rights, inter­na­tional migra­tions, sci­ence and know­ledge eco­nomy
Design­ing and imple­ment­ing quant­it­at­ive and com­par­at­ive ana­lyses in these fields
Tak­ing respons­ib­il­ity for design­ing and con­duct­ing large-scale, multi-sited sur­veys
Pub­lish­ing empir­ic­ally groun­ded research, prefer­ably in inter­na­tional, peer-reviewed journ­als
Col­lab­or­at­ing in design­ing and draft­ing pro­ject pro­pos­als for fur­ther fund­ing


A doc­toral degree in Soci­ology or a related social sci­ence dis­cip­line, with an interest in cross-dis­cip­lin­ary research
Pro­found know­ledge and exper­i­ence of quant­it­at­ive meth­ods of empir­ical social research
Com­pet­ence in social sci­ence sur­vey research meth­ods, includ­ing design, sampling, pro­gram­ming and admin­is­tra­tion of sur­vey ques­tion­naires and sur­vey exper­i­ments
Com­pet­ence in digital data min­ing and tex­tual ana­lysis, or will­ing­ness to learn
Com­pet­ence in data visu­al­iz­a­tion and present­a­tion tools (e.g. R, Python, etc.), or will­ing­ness to learn
Com­pet­ence in com­pil­a­tion of reports for non-aca­demic audi­ence and media out­lets
Abil­ity and will­ing­ness to work in a team
Excel­lent com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish, prefer­ably also another lan­guage

What we of­fer:

Remu­ner­a­tion in accord­ance with EG 13 TVöD Bund (in accord­ance with Ger­man Wage Agree­ment for Pub­lic Ser­vice)
A well-equipped work­place in the centre of Ber­lin
An inter­na­tional, cooper­at­ive, and diver­si­fied work­ing envir­on­ment
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 regard­less of gender, nation­al­ity, eth­nic or social ori­gin, reli­gion, dis­ab­il­ity, age, or sexual ori­ent­a­tion. The WZB expli­citly encour­ages women and per­sons with a migrant back­ground to apply.

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact Lina Hayek at +49 30 25491 346

Please send us your online applic­a­tion in Eng­lish (con­sist­ing of a let­ter of motiv­a­tion, a research plan of 2–3 pages, a cur­riculum vitae, a list of pub­lic­a­tions, cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates, and your PhD cer­ti­fic­ate) by no later than 08 Octo­ber 2021 under this link: