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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

The WZB is a pub­licly fin­anced inter­na­tional social sci­ence insti­tu­tion that con­ducts basic research that is the­ory-based and prob­lem-ori­ented (see www.wzb.eu/en).

Two Pre­doc­toral Research Fel­lows (f/m/x)

English

Work­ing field:

The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre), research depart­ment Trans­form­a­tions of Demo­cracy (TD) (Dir­ector: Pro­fessor Daniel Zib­latt), seeks to hire

two Pre­doc­toral Research Fel­lows (f/m/x)

for an appoint­ment start­ing as soon as pos­sible (date nego­ti­able) for a dur­a­tion of up to three years (shorter dur­a­tion is pos­sible). The appoint­ment is made at 65% of the reg­u­lar work­ing hours (cur­rently 25.35 hours/week).

The WZB is a pub­licly fin­anced inter­na­tional social sci­ence insti­tu­tion that con­ducts basic research that is the­ory-based and prob­lem-ori­ented (see www.wzb.eu/en). The new research depart­ment TD focuses on “trans­form­a­tions in demo­cracy”—for­ward move­ments of demo­crat­iz­a­tion, back­ward trends of de-demo­crat­iz­a­tion, and innov­a­tions in demo­cratic insti­tu­tions and prac­tice to cope with the new pres­sures on demo­cracy around the world (www.wzb.eu/en/research/dynamics-of-political-systems/transformations-of-democracy ).

Tasks

The two junior research­ers will con­duct research and provide research sup­port to the research depart­ment within two dif­fer­ent pro­jects:

Pro­ject A: Inequal­ity, Iden­tity, and Mobil­iz­a­tion of Resent­ment
Pro­ject B: Loc­al­ism and the Polit­ical Geo­graphy of the Rad­ical Right
(see: www.wzb.eu/en/research/dynamics-of-political-systems/transformations-of-democracy/projects ).

Both will review rel­ev­ant lit­er­at­ure from dif­fer­ent dis­cip­lines, col­lect and ana­lyse data, and co-author pub­lic­a­tions on the con­cep­tual frame­work and the res­ults of the stud­ies. The Research Fel­lows are expec­ted to closely cooper­ate within their pro­ject as well as with the other mem­bers of the depart­ment.

Require­ments:

Applic­ants are expec­ted to have:
  • com­pleted a mas­ter degree (or a related degree) in polit­ical sci­ence or a related social sci­ence dis­cip­line
  • know­ledge of and exper­i­ence with quant­it­at­ive research and quant­it­at­ive meth­ods
  • com­pet­ence in hand­ling of stat­ist­ical data ana­lyses (using syn­tax-based soft­ware)
  • know­ledge of Ger­man lan­guage is use­ful though not required, and
  • good organ­iz­a­tional skills as well as will­ing­ness and capa­city for team­work

The pos­i­tions are ideal for can­did­ates with a mas­ter in hand who want to acquire research expos­ure and develop a research design and ana­lysis skills to embark on a PhD.

What we of­fer:

Salary for the pos­i­tions: EG 13 TVöD Bund

How to ap­ply:

Can­did­ates are reques­ted to sub­mit a CV, writ­ing sample, cover let­ter (in Eng­lish), rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates, one let­ter of ref­er­ence and con­tact inform­a­tion for two more by Novem­ber 30, 2020. The cover let­ter should out­line stat­ist­ical skills and exper­i­ence sup­port­ing social sci­entific research.

Equally well qual­i­fied dis­abled per­sons will be given pref­er­ence. We value diversity and wel­come all applic­a­tions - regard­less of gender, nation­al­ity, eth­nic or social ori­gin, reli­gion, dis­ab­il­ity, age or sexual ori­ent­a­tion. The WZB expli­citly encour­ages women and people with an immig­rant back­ground to apply.

Please, send your applic­a­tion by email (one pdf-file) to
Rox­anne Bibra, Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung (WZB), Application-dps@wzb.eu
with “pre­doc­toral fel­low applic­a­tion” in the sub­ject line.