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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.

Head of a new Research Group (asso­ci­ate pro­fess­or­ship level)

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter is a mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation and a pub­licly fun­ded insti­tute for prob­lem-ori­ented, basic social sci­ence research. Its work is char­ac­ter­ized by long-term pro­jects, the­ory-driven empir­ical research, multi-dis­cip­lin­ary cooper­a­tion, inter­na­tional com­par­ison, and transna­tional per­spect­ives.

The WZB is seek­ing to fill the pos­i­tion of a

Head of a new Research Group (asso­ci­ate pro­fess­or­ship level).

Work­ing field:

The research focus of the new research group will be on innov­at­ive social inequal­ity research from a soci­olo­gical per­spect­ive with a strong quant­it­at­ive pro­file. The social inequal­ity field is open (like social policy, poverty, health, migra­tion) and should be com­ple­ment­ary to the exist­ing WZB research units – facil­it­at­ing cooper­a­tion with other units within the cross-dis­cip­lin­ary research envir­on­ment of the WZB.

Applic­ants for this pos­i­tion are expec­ted to develop a five-year research pro­gram and show a strong interest in build­ing and lead­ing a research team. The research group is expec­ted to start in sum­mer 2018.


The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate must have an excel­lent doc­toral degree in soci­ology and be accom­plished in the field of quant­it­at­ive social inequal­ity research. Can­did­ates should have a rel­ev­ant research pro­file, a strong pub­lic­a­tion record (high‐level inter­na­tional pub­lic­a­tions), excel­lent meth­od­o­lo­gical skills, and exper­i­ence in teach­ing and super­vi­sion.

What we of­fer:

  • The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will receive a five-year employ­ment con­tract.
  • The remu­ner­a­tion is equi­val­ent to an asso­ci­ate pro­fess­or­ship (Ger­man S-W2-pro­fess­or­ship).
  • The research group to be estab­lished will include two doc­toral research­ers (65% full time equi­val­ent each).

At a later stage in the pro­cess, this WZB pos­i­tion is inten­ded (if desired by the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate) as a joint appoint­ment for a five-year fixed-term asso­ci­ate pro­fess­or­ship (S-W2-pro­fess­or­ship, with one class per semester) at the Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin. Applic­ants must meet the qual­i­fic­a­tions for appoint­ment as a uni­versity pro­fessor (§100 of the Ber­lin Higher Edu­ca­tion Act, Ber­liner Hoch­schul­ge­setz).

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tions must include a concept for a five-year research pro­gram with a view to poten­tial cooper­a­tion with other research units at the WZB (10-12 pages) as well as the usual doc­u­ments (cur­riculum vitae, list of pub­lic­a­tions), three selec­ted pub­lic­a­tions, a copy of the doc­toral degree cer­ti­fic­ate, inform­a­tion on teach­ing and super­vi­sion experi-ence, and con­tact details of two ref­er­ees.

The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immig­rant back­ground to apply. Equally well qual­i­fied dis­abled applic­ants will be given pref­er­ence.

Please send your applic­a­tion doc­u­ments elec­tron­ic­ally, as a single pdf doc­u­ment to Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion by Septem­ber 30, 2017.

Should you have fur­ther ques­tions, please con­tact Kristin Bothur.

WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter
Kristin Bothur
Research Man­ager
Reich­pi­etschufer 50
D - 10785 Ber­lin, Ger­many
WZB web­site:

Hearings will take place on Decem­ber 8, 2017.