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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

Das WZB ist eine öffent­lich geför­derte Ein­rich­tung für pro­blem­ori­en­tierte sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­che Grund­la­gen­for­schung ( Als außer­uni­ver­si­tä­res For­schungs­in­sti­tut ist es Mit­glied der Leib­niz-Gemein­schaft und gehört zu den füh­ren­den Ein­rich­tun­gen der Sozi­al­for­schung. Am WZB arbei­ten ca. 500 deut­sche und aus­län­di­sche Wis­sen­schaft­ler*innen ver­schie­de­ner Dis­zi­pli­nen und Mit­ar­bei­ter*innen in den wis­sen­schafts­un­ter­stüt­zen­den Berei­chen zusam­men. Unter­sucht wer­den Ent­wick­lun­gen, Pro­bleme und Inno­va­ti­ons­chan­cen moder­ner Gesell­schaf­ten. Die Ergeb­nisse der WZB-For­schung rich­ten sich an die wis­sen­schaft­li­che Com­mu­nity, an Expert*innen und Ent­schei­der*innen in Poli­tik, Wirt­schaft und Gesell­schaft, an die Medien und die inter­es­sierte Öffent­lich­keit.

Stu­dent Assist­ant (f/m/x)

Working field:

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

one Stu­dent Assist­ant (f/m/x)

to be employed for a period of 12 months, start­ing on 01 Septem­ber 2022, with the pos­sib­il­ity of exten­sion and a weekly work­ing load of 15 or 19 hours.

We are hir­ing a stu­dent assist­ant to join a vibrant research group with an interest in lead­ing edge research on glob­al­iz­a­tion. The group’s research agenda ranges from the iden­ti­fic­a­tion of macro and micro­level dif­fu­sions of global cul­tural scripts, insti­tu­tional frame­works and prac­tices; their effect on indi­vidual and col­lect­ive act­ors’ cog­ni­tion, beha­vior and out­comes; and the para­dox­ical implic­a­tions of the incon­sist­en­cies within and across glob­al­ized scripts and the con­test­a­tion and change they gen­er­ate. The stu­dent assist­ant is to assist the mem­bers of the research group in the design and pro­duc­tion of innov­at­ive empir­ical solu­tions to this end, as well as in the pub­lic­a­tions pro­duced in this con­text. The ideal can­did­ate, thus, will need to have a the­or­et­ical interest in the top­ics and the skills to con­trib­ute to a chal­len­ging research envir­on­ment.

The pos­i­tion is embed­ded within the Global Soci­ology unit at the WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, which is a pub­licly fin­anced research insti­tu­tion that con­ducts 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. The Global Soci­ology research unit is also 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 (

The stu­dent assist­ant is expec­ted to work with Pro­fessor Soysal and her team on ongo­ing research pro­jects, and in con­nec­tion with the SCRIPTS pro­gram. Please see the unit’s web­site for more inform­a­tion (

Your tasks:
  • Sup­port­ing Pro­fessor Soysal and her team with tasks such as research and review of lit­er­at­ure; col­lec­tion, ana­lysis, and visu­al­iz­a­tion of data; edit­or­ial work on and dis­cus­sion of manuscripts.


Your pro­file:
  • Bach­elor’s or Mas­ter’s stu­dent in Soci­ology or a related social sci­ence dis­cip­line;
  • Excel­lent course achieve­ments;
  • Very good com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish and/or Ger­man lan­guage;

Desired qual­i­fic­a­tions:
  • Know­ledge of the­or­ies and debates in Global Soci­ology;
  • Know­ledge of quant­it­at­ive and qual­it­at­ive research meth­ods;
  • Exper­i­ence with or interest in meth­ods of data col­lec­tion, pro­cessing, and man­age­ment (e.g., using Excel, STATA, SPSS, R or Python);
  • Exper­i­ence with ref­er­ence man­age­ment pro­grammes (e.g., Zotero, Citavi, End­Note).

What we offer:

  • Remu­ner­a­tion in accord­ance with Ger­man Wage Agree­ment for Pub­lic Ser­vice (TV Stud III; cur­rently €12.96 per hour);
  • A well-equipped work­place in the centre of Ber­lin;
  • An inter­na­tional, cooper­at­ive, and diver­si­fied work­ing envir­on­ment;
  • Integ­ra­tion into the sci­entific com­munity;
  • 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:

Please send us your online applic­a­tion in Eng­lish (con­sist­ing of a let­ter of motiv­a­tion, a cur­riculum vitae, tran­script of records, cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates, and cer­ti­fic­ate of enrol­ment) not later than 1 June 2022.