Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH - Sozialwissenschaften
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The Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB Berlin Social Science Centre), Research Unit “Institutions and Political Inequality” (Director: Prof. Macartan Humphreys, Ph.D.), is offering a position for a
starting in January 2018 for a duration of six months (with the possibility of extension) with a weekly working time of up to 19 hours (minimum of 12 hours per week).
The unit’s research focuses on the experimental and otherwise quantitative study of the political economy of inequality and informal institutions. The successful applicant will work in an exciting research environment with scholars from Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Ireland, Romania and the United States.
The student assistant will in particular work for research projects on social contact and interethnic discrimination led by Alexandra Scacco, Ph.D., on local security dynamics and the political economy of peacekeeping led by Bernd Beber, Ph.D., and on the causes and challenges of migration in host and sender countries, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, led jointly by Alexandra Scacco, Bernd Beber, and other researchers in the unit.
Tasks: The student assistant will support the researchers of the unit in their research projects. Duties will include data management and statistical analyses of panel surveys and other kinds of data formats, such as field experimental data collected in northern Nigeria; Internet and literature searches; the creation of graphics; assistance with presentation materials; and other routine office tasks.
Requirements: The student assistant will be an advanced Bachelor or a Master student in political science, economics, sociology, statistics, social policy or related subjects, with excellent knowledge of the English language. The working language of the research unit is English, and the ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences is essential. Training in and experience with statistical methods are required, as are excellent Stata skills. Strong R skills are preferred. The position requires competent handling of MS Office applications. Knowledge of LaTeX is desirable.
What we offer:
Remuneration: according to TV Stud II Berlin (General agreement for student assistants, level II, of the Land Berlin; currently 11.24 Euros/hour)
How to apply:
Equally well qualified disabled applicants will be given preference. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immigrant background to apply.
Candidates are kindly requested to submit their application (letter of motivation, CV) not later than November 19, 2017 by Email (one pdf-file) to
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Alex Scacco, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org