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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.

Doc­to­ral Rese­ar­cher

Work­ing field:

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, Research Group “Health and Social Inequal­ity” (headed by Dr. Jan Paul Heisig), invites applic­a­tions for two pos­i­tions as

Doc­toral Researcher
(65% of the reg­u­lar work­ing hours; cur­rently 25.35 hrs/week)

for four years, prefer­ably start­ing in April 2019.

The research group seeks to under­stand the inter­play of social inequal­it­ies in health, edu­ca­tion, and labor mar­ket attain­ment from a life course per­spect­ive, with a strong focus on the emer­gence of inequal­it­ies dur­ing child­hood, adoles­cence, and young adult­hood. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion will be paid to the mod­er­at­ing role of pub­lic policies and of meso-level con­texts such as school envir­on­ments. These goals will be pur­sued primar­ily through the­or­et­ic­ally informed quant­it­at­ive empir­ical stud­ies using a vari­ety of Ger­man and inter­na­tional data sources. Fur­ther inform­a­tion about the goals of the group can be found at

Successful can­did­ates will be expec­ted to con­trib­ute to the work of the group through intel­lec­tual exchange, the devel­op­ment and imple­ment­a­tion of inde­pend­ent and col­lab­or­at­ive research pro­jects, the present­a­tion of their work at con­fer­ences and work­shops, and the pub­lic­a­tion of res­ults, prefer­ably in peer-reviewed Eng­lish-lan­guage journ­als. Fur­ther qual­i­fic­a­tion towards a doc­toral degree is highly wel­come.


  • Excel­lent aca­de­mic creden­ti­als (mas­ter’s degree or equi­va­lent) in socio­logy or ano­ther social sci­ence (public health, edu­ca­tion, eco­no­mics). App­li­cants who have not com­ple­ted their mas­ter’s degree by the time of the app­li­ca­tion should include a state­ment from their super­vi­sor con­fir­ming the expec­ted date of gra­dua­tion
  • Very good know­ledge of quan­ti­ta­tive rese­arch methods, inclu­ding tech­ni­ques of data pro­ces­sing and sta­ti­s­ti­cal data ana­ly­sis (strong pre­fe­rence for Stata and/or R); expe­ri­ence with com­plex data struc­tu­res (e.g., mul­ti­le­vel/lon­gi­tu­di­nal data) is a plus
  • Good know­ledge of theo­ries and cur­rent empi­ri­cal rese­arch on social ine­qua­li­ties in at least one domain rele­vant to the rese­arch pro­gram of the group (health, edu­ca­tion, labor mar­kets)
  • Strong inte­rest in the rese­arch agenda of the group and wil­ling­ness to write a dis­ser­ta­tion rela­ted to it
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish lan­guage skills in speech and wri­ting (know­ledge of Ger­man is not requi­red)

What we of­fer:

Salary group EG 13 TVöD (in accor­dance with Ger­man public ser­vice collec­tive agree­ment)

How to ap­ply:

Applic­a­tion mater­i­als

Applic­a­tions should con­sist of a cover let­ter, CV, sketch of a research idea related to the pro­gram of the group (1-2 two pages), work sample (sem­inar paper or thesis), bach­elor’s and mas­ter’s degree cer­ti­fic­ates, and offi­cial tran­scripts of course­work. Applic­a­tions should only be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­ic­ally as a single PDF file and no later than Decem­ber 31, 2018, to

Dr. Jan Paul Heisig
WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter

Fur­ther enquir­ies should be made by email to