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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.

Stu­dent Assis­tants

Work­ing field:

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, rese­arch area Dyna­mics of Politi­cal Sys­tems, rese­arch unit Demo­cracy and Demo­cra­tiza­t­ion (Direc­tor: Prof. Dr. Wolf­gang Mer­kel), rese­arch pro­ject LATINNO – Inno­va­tions for Demo­cracy in Latin Ame­rica (Pro­ject Lea­der: Prof. Thamy Pogre­bin­schi) seeks two

Stu­dent Assis­tants

from 15 Novem­ber 2018 for a period of at least seven months (Posi­tion A) up to two years (Posi­tion B), depen­ding on the avail­a­bi­lity of funds, and a weekly working load of 8 up to 10 hours.

Pro­ject descrip­tion:
LATINNO star­ted in late 2014 as a rese­arch pro­ject with the cen­tral goal of advan­cing know­ledge and making infor­ma­tion public about citi­zen par­ti­ci­pa­tion and demo­cracy in Latin Ame­rica. Its main pur­pose has been to inves­ti­gate the insti­tu­tio­nal diver­sity of demo­cra­tic inno­va­tions and the extent to which they may enhance dif­fe­rent dimen­si­ons of the qua­lity of demo­cracy in Latin Ame­rica. It has done so by crea­ting a publi­cly avail­able data­set that sys­te­ma­ti­cally gathers both quan­ti­ta­tive and qua­li­ta­tive data on demo­cra­tic inno­va­tions. Fol­lo­wing a spe­ci­fic theo­re­ti­cal frame­work and a rigo­rous metho­do­logy, this rese­arch pro­ject has made par­ti­ci­pa­tory inno­va­tions across Latin Ame­rica com­pa­ra­ble and mea­sura­ble.

Descrip­tion of posi­ti­ons:

Alt­hough both posi­ti­ons are offe­red wit­hin the LATINNO Pro­ject, their tasks are a little dif­fe­rent.
Posi­tion A will focus on the update of the LATINNO data­base, while sup­porting the pro­ject’s new focus on South Europe.
Posi­tion B will focus on con­nec­ting LATINNO with the Par­ti­ci­pe­dia pro­ject (par­ti­ci­pe­dia.net), while sup­porting com­pa­ra­tive stu­dies using their com­mon data.

Res­pon­si­bi­li­ties:
  • Collec­tion, pro­ces­sing, manage­ment, and ana­ly­sis of (mostly qua­li­ta­tive) data
  • Sup­port of sci­en­ti­fic work

Require­ments:

  • Mas­ter stu­dent of Polit­ical Sci­ence or related dis­cip­lines (e.g. Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion, Pub­lic Policy, Soci­ology)
  • Flu­ency in Span­ish (writ­ten and oral)
  • Some know­ledge of polit­ical, social, and eco­nomic aspects of Latin Amer­ica
  • Excel­lent com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish
  • Some exper­i­ence with data col­lec­tion, pro­cessing, and man­age­ment (in Excel, STATA, or R)

Desir­able qual­i­fic­a­tions:
  • Know­ledge of South European soci­ety and polit­ics (for pos­i­tion A)
  • Know­ledge of qual­it­at­ive research meth­ods (for pos­i­tion A)
  • Know­ledge of Demo­cratic The­ory and Com­par­at­ive Polit­ics

What we of­fer:

In accor­dance with Ger­man civil ser­vice stan­dards (TV Stud II, cur­rently € 11.24 per hour)

How to ap­ply:

Disa­b­led can­di­da­tes with equal qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons will be given pre­fe­rence. The WZB expressly invi­tes women, as well as per­sons with migra­tion back­grounds, to apply.

Can­di­da­tes are kindly requested to e-mail their app­li­ca­ti­ons (let­ter of moti­va­tion, CV, copies of rele­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tes and tran­script of records) in one PDF file, no later than 21 Octo­ber 2018 to Kata­rina Poll­ner, WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, katarina.pollner@wzb.eu