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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

WZB is a non-pro­fit orga­ni­za­tion and a mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­cia­tion. WZB enga­ges in rese­arch of fun­da­men­tal socie­tal ques­ti­ons from the per­spec­tives of dif­fe­rent disci­pli­nes. It is one of the most renow­ned insti­tu­ti­ons in the field of social sci­en­ces. The sci­en­tists who work tog­e­ther at the insti­tute come from such fields as socio­logy, poli­ti­cal sci­ence, eco­no­mics, law, and psy­cho­logy. The fin­dings of WZB rese­arch are direc­ted at the sci­ence com­mu­nity, the inte­rested public, and also experts dealing with poli­ti­cal and eco­no­mic issues, with media, and society.

Post­doc­to­ral Rese­arch Fel­low (f/m/x)

Work­ing field:

For its inter­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch depart­ment Migra­tion, Inte­gra­tion, Trans­na­tio­na­li­za­tion, hea­ded by Prof. Ruud Koop­mans, the Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter (WZB) is loo­king for a full-time (39 hours per week)

Post­doc­to­ral Rese­arch Fel­low (f/m/x)

on a tem­porary basis with a con­tract dura­tion of two years. The star­ting date is fle­xi­ble, up to Janu­ary 2022 at the latest.

The Migra­tion, Inte­gra­tion, Trans­na­tio­na­li­za­tion depart­ment (MIT) of the WZB focu­ses on issues rela­ted to migra­tion, inte­gra­tion, and majo­rity-mino­rity rela­ti­ons, inclu­ding eth­nic and reli­gious con­flicts as dri­vers of migra­tion in source coun­tries. The cur­rent posi­tion is situa­ted in the con­text of the TRANS­MIT pro­ject, in which we study migra­tion dri­vers and tra­jec­to­ries, as well as eth­nic and reli­gious con­flicts in West Africa, par­ti­cu­larly Sene­gal, the Gam­bia, and Nige­ria. Among other things, this pro­ject encom­pas­ses large-scale panel sur­veys in selec­ted regi­ons of these coun­tries.
More infor­ma­tion about the WZB can be found at and about the MIT rese­arch unit at

Your tasks and duties

  • Con­duc­ting inde­pen­dent rese­arch and pro­du­cing high-level inter­na­tio­nal publi­ca­ti­ons on migra­tion and/or eth­nic and reli­gious con­flicts
  • Pur­suing own rese­arch ques­ti­ons wit­hin the TRANS­MIT pro­ject by using exis­ting data and incor­po­ra­ting own rese­arch ques­ti­ons in future waves of the sur­veys (If desi­red, the rese­arch fel­low can also, in addi­tion to the TRANS­MIT pro­ject, work on other topics.)
  • Actively explo­ring oppor­tu­nities for exter­nal fun­ding, as the exten­sion of the posi­tion bey­ond two years depends on the acqui­si­tion of third-party fun­ding, eit­her wit­hin the con­text of the TRANS­MIT pro­ject, or from other sources
  • Optio­nal: tea­ching cour­ses at uni­ver­si­ties in Ber­lin and par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the various inter­na­tio­nal exchange pro­grams the WZB offers


  • Ph.D. degree in a rele­vant disci­pline (obtai­ned already or soon to be com­ple­ted) with a disci­pli­nary back­ground in poli­ti­cal sci­ence, eco­no­mics, or socio­logy
  • Strong track record in theory-dri­ven, quan­ti­ta­tive empi­ri­cal rese­arch
  • Solid theo­re­ti­cal know­ledge of migra­tion pro­ces­ses and/or eth­nic and reli­gious con­flicts
  • Expe­ri­ence in dealing with the ana­ly­sis (and ide­ally also the collec­tion) of large-scale sur­vey data
  • Excel­lent know­ledge of sta­tis­ti­cal methods, inclu­ding the ana­ly­sis of panel data and a firm grasp of approa­ches to cau­sal infe­rence
  • An excel­lent com­mand of the Eng­lish lan­guage and at least a pas­sive com­mand of Ger­man
  • Pre­fer­a­bly: expe­ri­ence with the acqui­si­tion of exter­nal fun­ding
  • Pre­fer­a­bly: com­mand of French or one of the local lan­guages of the coun­tries of the TRANS­MIT pro­ject

What we of­fer:

  • Remu­ne­ra­tion in accordance with EG 14 (TVöD Bund) of the Ger­man civil ser­vice collec­tive agree­ment
  • Addi­tio­nal bene­fits for public ser­vice employees (VBL U)
  • A well-equip­ped work­place in the cen­ter of Ber­lin
  • Active sup­port by rese­arch assi­stants, tra­vel fun­ding and access to small and medium-scale rese­arch funds for data collec­tion, as well as oppor­tu­nities to invite exter­nal col­la­bo­ra­tors and speakers
  • Inter­na­tio­nal, coope­ra­tive, and diver­si­fied working envi­ron­ment
  • In-depth inte­gra­tion into the sci­en­ti­fic com­mu­nity in the form of col­lo­qui­ums and con­fe­ren­ces
  • Tho­rough inst­ruc­tion and gui­d­ance
  • Fle­xi­ble working hours
  • We pro­mote a good work-life balance, and our enga­ge­ment has been cer­ti­fied by audit workan­dfa­mily and the European Com­mis­sion’s Human Resour­ces Stra­tegy for Rese­ar­chers (HRS4R)
  • Com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram for con­ti­nuous pro­fes­sio­nal deve­lop­ment and fur­ther qua­li­fi­ca­tion, in the own disci­pline and bey­ond

How to ap­ply:

Equally qua­li­fied app­li­cants with disa­bi­li­ties will be given pre­fe­rence. We value diver­sity and wel­come all app­li­ca­ti­ons – irre­spec­tive of gen­der, natio­na­lity, eth­nic or social ori­gin, reli­gion, disa­bi­lity, age, or sexual ori­en­ta­tion. WZB expressly encou­ra­ges women or per­sons with migra­tion back­grounds to apply.

If you have any ques­ti­ons regar­ding the job ope­ning, please con­tact Eli­sa­beth von Bres­sens­dorf or Melinda Bio­l­chini (

Job inter­views will likely take place in the week star­ting on 21 June 2021.

Have we spar­ked your inte­rest? In that case, we are loo­king for­ward to recei­ving your app­li­ca­tion by 30 May 2021. Can­di­da­tes are invi­ted to send app­li­ca­ti­ons elec­tro­ni­cally in a pdf-for­mat (max. 2 pdf-files) con­sis­ting of

  • a let­ter of moti­va­tion
  • a short sketch of own rese­arch ideas for the com­ing 2-3 years (appro­xi­mately 2 pages)
  • CV and list of publi­ca­tion
  • copies of rele­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tes

to the address:

Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH (WZB) / WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre
Prof. Ruud Koop­mans
quo­ting “post­doc­to­ral rese­ar­cher MIT” in the sub­ject line.