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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 research group "Health and Social Inequality" (Head: Prof. Dr. Jan Paul Heisig) is looking for a

student assistant (f/m/x)

with a working time of 10 hours per week. Employment can begin on September 1 or October 1, 2023 (depending on the selected candidate’s preference), and will initially be limited until September 30, 2024 (extension possible).

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.

  • Support in the preparation and analysis of complex quantitative data (e.g. panel and event data) using Stata or R
  • Research and evaluation of English-language research literature
  • Support in the preparation of presentations and publications (e.g. preparation of graphs and tables, proofreading of texts, preparation and formatting of bibliographies)
  • Organizational support for courses and scientific conferences or workshops


  • Enrollment in a bachelor's or master's degree program, preferably in sociology or another social science program
  • Demonstrable interest in topics related to the research group’s agenda (e.g., health and social inequality, life course sociology)
  • Solid background in quantitative methods of social research
  • Experience with Stata and/or R as well as MS Office
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Additional desirable qualifications
  • Experience with longitudinal and multilevel data
  • Familiarity with LaTeX

What we offer:

What we offer
  • Remuneration in accordance with TV Stud III of the state of Berlin (currently EUR 12.96 per hour)
  • A well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin
  • International, cooperative, and diversified working environment
  • In-depth integration into the scientific community in the form of colloquiums and conferences
  • Thorough instruction and guidance
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working (at least 20% of the weekly working hours agreed in the contract)
  • 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)
  • Cafeteria with modern recreation rooms

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.

Please apply with your complete documents (cover letter, CV/without photo, references and grade certificates, including high school diploma or equivalent) in one pdf file by June 25, 2023. Interviews are expected to take place at the WZB on July 10 or 11, 2023.

Questions about the position will be answered by Jan Paul Heisig (jan.heisig[at]