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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.

Rese­ar­cher (f/m/d)

Refe­rence: App­li­ca­tion EFFORT

Work­ing field:

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, Rese­arch Group "Effort and Social Ine­qua­lity” (led by Prof. Dr. Jonas Radl) in the Rese­arch Area “Dyna­mics of Social Ine­qua­li­ties”, invi­tes app­li­ca­ti­ons for the posi­tion of a

Rese­ar­cher (f/m/d)

pre­fer­a­bly star­ting on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2019. Depen­ding on the app­li­cant’s aca­de­mic pro­file/qua­li­fi­ca­tion, we are offe­ring

a full-time posi­tion (39 hours per week) for post­doc­to­ral rese­ar­chers for 24 mon­ths


a part-time posi­tion (65% posi­tion, 25,35 hours per week)
for rese­ar­chers pur­suing a Ph.D. for 36 mon­ths
(exten­d­a­ble sub­ject to avai­la­bi­lity of fun­ding)

The posi­tion is tied to the rese­arch pro­ject "Effort and Social Ine­qua­lity – Advan­cing Mea­su­rement and Under­stan­ding Paren­tal Ori­gin Effects" (EFFORT). The pro­ject runs from 2018 through 2023 and is fun­ded by the European Rese­arch Coun­cil (ERC). It is jointly hosted by WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter and the Car­los III Juan March Insti­tute (IC3JM) in Madrid.
The pro­ject aims to under­stand the role of effort in the repro­duc­tion of social ine­qua­lity through a variety of methods, inclu­ding the deve­lop­ment and use of cut­ting-edge approa­ches to effort mea­su­rement. For more infor­ma­tion, see

The rese­ar­cher is expec­ted to: carry out ori­gi­nal rese­arch rela­ted to “Effort and Social Ine­qua­lity”; ana­lyze social dif­fe­ren­ces in effort-rela­ted mea­su­res using secon­dary data; par­ti­ci­pate in data collec­tion activi­ties, inclu­ding labo­ra­tory expe­ri­ments; inter­act with sta­ke­hol­ders (such as schools, admi­nis­tra­ti­ons, par­ents and child­ren); col­la­bo­rate in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of results; and help with the orga­ni­za­tion of pro­ject activi­ties.

The rese­ar­cher will be based at the WZB in Ber­lin and fully par­ti­ci­pate in aca­de­mic life at the rese­arch area “Dyna­mics of Social Ine­qua­li­ties”. At the same time, the rese­ar­cher will be working in close col­la­bo­ra­tion with the team based at Car­los III Uni­ver­sity of Madrid and occa­sio­nally spend time in Madrid for rese­arch and coor­di­na­tion pur­po­ses.


  • Excel­lent aca­de­mic creden­ti­als (Mas­ter or Ph.D. degree, respec­tively) in socio­logy or ano­t­her social sci­ence (edu­ca­tion, psy­cho­logy, eco­no­mics). App­li­cants who have not com­ple­ted their Mas­ter or Ph.D. degree by the time of the app­li­ca­tion should include a state­ment from their super­vi­sor con­fir­ming the expec­ted date of the degree.

Accord­ing to qua­li­fi­ca­tion level:

  • Out­stan­ding know­ledge of pro­ject-rela­ted scho­l­ar­ship (e.g., socio­lo­gi­cal, eco­no­mic, and/or psy­cho­lo­gi­cal rese­arch on social stra­ti­fi­ca­tion, inter­ge­nera­tio­nal mobi­lity, non-cogni­tive skills, or per­so­na­lity traits)
  • Strong inte­rest in the pro­ject topic and/or metho­do­logy and (for PhD stu­dents) wil­ling­ness to write a pro­ject-rela­ted dis­ser­ta­tion using a socio­lo­gi­cal approach.
  • Excel­lent know­ledge of quan­ti­ta­tive rese­arch methods, inclu­ding tech­ni­ques of data pro­ces­sing and sta­tis­ti­cal data ana­ly­sis (Stata and/or R); expe­ri­ence with lon­gi­tu­di­nal or hier­ar­chi­cal data is an advan­tage
  • Wil­ling­ness to work in inter­di­sci­pli­nary and inter­na­tio­nal con­texts
  • Very good Eng­lish lan­guage skills (writ­ten and spo­ken)
  • Excel­lent Ger­man lan­guage skills (writ­ten and spo­ken)

Infor­ma­tion for pre-doc app­li­cants: The rese­ar­cher is expec­ted to pur­sue a doc­to­ral degree. To obtain the PhD, the can­di­date will be enrol­led eit­her at Free Uni­ver­sity of Ber­lin or Car­los III Uni­ver­sity of Madrid (depen­ding on the can­di­date’s pre­fe­ren­ces). The call is also open to stu­dents who are cur­r­ently enrol­led in a PhD pro­gram at other Ger­man or inter­na­tio­nal uni­ver­si­ties and who are wil­ling to relo­cate to Ber­lin.

What we of­fer:

Depen­ding on qua­li­fi­ca­tion, salary group E13 (pre-doc app­li­cants) or E14 (post­doc app­li­cants), in accordance with the Wage Agree­ment for Public Ser­vice (TVöD) scale.

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­tion Mate­ri­als:
  • Let­ter of moti­va­tion (maxi­mum 2 pages);
  • Cur­ri­cu­lum vitae (maxi­mum 3 pages);
  • Copies of uni­ver­sity cer­ti­fi­ca­tes, inclu­ding tran­scripts of records;
  • Refe­ren­ces: one let­ter of recom­men­da­tion (refe­rees should email the let­ter of refe­rence direc­tly), or name and con­tact details of refe­ree;
  • Work sam­ples: copy of mas­ter/PhD the­sis (if unavail­able: the­sis chap­ter, jour­nal arti­cle or semi­nar paper), in Ger­man or Eng­lish.

Please sub­mit your app­li­ca­tion elec­tro­ni­cally in two PDF files (com­plete app­li­ca­tion in one file; work sam­ple in ano­t­her file) until March 31, 2019 to:
Refe­rence: App­li­ca­tion EFFORT

Enqui­ries about the vacancy and the pro­ject may also be direc­ted to Princi­pal Inves­ti­ga­tor Jonas Radl:

Job inter­views are expec­ted to take place at WZB in Ber­lin on Fri­day May 3, 2019.

Equally well-qua­li­fied dis­ab­led per­sons will be given prio­rity. Women and per­sons with a migrant back­ground are stron­gly encou­ra­ged to apply.