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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Social Sci­ence

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter con­ducts basic research with a focus on prob­lems of mod­ern soci­et­ies in a glob­al­ized world. The research is the­ory-based, prob­lem-ori­ented, often long-term and mostly based on inter­na­tional com­par­is­ons.

Postdoc­toral Research Fel­low

Work­ing field:

The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter) is offer­ing

one 3-year pos­i­tion of a
postdoc­toral research fel­low
(full-time, 39 hours per week),

start­ing prefer­ably on Decem­ber 1, 2018, for the EU-Hori­zon 2020 Pro­ject “Tech­no­lo­gical inequal­ity – Under­stand­ing the rela­tion between recent tech­no­lo­gical innov­a­tions and social inequal­it­ies (TECH­NEQUAL­ITY)”. The appoint­ment of the pos­i­tion is sub­ject to the avail­ab­il­ity of fund­ing.

The WZB is a pub­licly fin­anced inter­na­tional social sci­ence insti­tu­tion that con­ducts basic research that is the­ory-based and prob­lem-ori­ented (see: ). The pos­i­tion will be attached to the research depart­ment “Skill Form­a­tion and Labor Mar­kets” (Dir­ector: Pro­fessor Heike Solga).

The aim of the TECH­NEQUAL­ITY pro­ject is to push bey­ond the cur­rent research fron­ti­ers by focus­ing on the broader soci­etal impact of tech­no­lo­gical devel­op­ments. The inter­dis­cip­lin­ary TECH­NEQUAL­ITY con­sor­tium brings together soci­olo­gists and eco­nom­ists from sev­eral European uni­versit­ies and research insti­tutes (Oxford, Stock­holm, Florence, Tallinn, Maastricht, Tilburg, and Ber­lin). Within the con­sor­tium, the WZB leads the work pack­age “Edu­cat­ing today for tomor­row’s labour mar­ket” (local PIs: Heike Solga, Rein­hard Pol­lak, and Mar­tin Ehlert) – mainly work­ing together with Maastricht (ROA), Florence (EUI), and Tallinn Uni­versity. This work pack­age zooms in on edu­ca­tion sys­tems’ capa­cit­ies to provide appro­pri­ate oppor­tun­it­ies for indi­vidu­als’ early and con­tinu­ous skills acquis­i­tion, the inter­play between edu­ca­tion sys­tems and tech­no­lo­gical changes, as well as dif­fer­ent types of inequal­it­ies in new skill acquis­i­tion. Spe­cific­ally, it focusses on empir­ic­ally examin­ing the match between edu­ca­tional bio­graph­ies and skills and the impact that edu­ca­tion sys­tems, fam­il­ies, and work­places as learn­ing oppor­tun­it­ies have on this rela­tion­ship. Ana­lyses of these dif­fer­ent aspects of skill acquis­i­tion, enhance­ment and util­iz­a­tion in times of accel­er­ated tech­no­lo­gical change will also address inequal­ity by gender, fam­ily con­text, and eth­nic groups. The ana­lyses will make use of lon­git­ud­inal and com­par­at­ive data sources such as NEPS or PIAAC.

  • Car­ry­ing out inde­pend­ent research within the pro­ject
  • Close cooper­a­tion with all pro­ject par­ti­cipants
  • Con­tri­bu­tion to the the­or­et­ical and empir­ical devel­op­ment of the pro­ject
  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion in joint pub­lic­a­tions
  • Present­a­tion of pro­ject res­ults in work­shops and con­fer­ences
  • Sup­port of coordin­a­tion tasks with the pro­ject part­ners

The research fel­low is sup­por­ted by a research assist­ant. The WZB and the research depart­ment provide vari­ous forms of sup­port­ing the career devel­op­ment of young research­ers, includ­ing the coordin­a­tion of work/fam­ily oblig­a­tions or the pos­sib­il­ity to teach courses at uni­versit­ies in Ber­lin or else­where. The WZB was the first Ger­man insti­tu­tion to receive the "HR Excel­lence in Research Award" from the European Com­mis­sion in June 2013.


  • Ph.D. degree with excel­lent res­ults (obtained or sub­mit­ted) in soci­ology or a rel­ev­ant field in Social Sci­ences
  • Out­stand­ing know­ledge of quant­it­at­ive research meth­ods, espe­cially in lon­git­ud­inal data ana­lyses (exper­i­ences in com­par­at­ive research or mul­ti­level data ana­lysis are wel­come but not required)
  • Excel­lent know­ledge in labor mar­ket or edu­ca­tion research
  • Art­icles in recog­nized peer-reviewed journ­als, either pub­lished or, in case of a very recently com­pleted Ph.D., sub­mit­ted
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish writ­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • Know­ledge of Ger­man is wel­come but not required

What we of­fer:

E14 on the Wage Agree­ment for Pub­lic Ser­vice (TVöD) scale.

How to ap­ply:

Equally well qual­i­fied dis­abled per­sons will be given pri­or­ity. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immig­rant back­ground to apply.

Applic­a­tions includ­ing a motiv­a­tion let­ter, cur­riculum vitae, cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates, and one pub­lic­a­tion (i.e., one dis­ser­ta­tion chapter, one pub­lished or sub­mit­ted journal art­icle) should be sent elec­tron­ic­ally in pdf-format (not more than two sep­ar­ate pdf-files) to (the office of the research depart­ment) by Septem­ber 16, 2018.

Job inter­views are planned to take place on Octo­ber 1, 2018.

For more inform­a­tion, you can con­tact Mar­tin Ehlert (