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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.

Two Postdoc­toral research fel­lows (f/m/x)


Work­ing field:

The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre) is look­ing to hire two Postdoc­toral research fel­lows (f/m/x).

The pos­i­tions are full-time (cur­rently 39 hours per week) and with an ini­tial con­tract dur­a­tion of three years with the pos­sib­il­ity of renewal for more than three years. Depend­ing on the qual­i­fic­a­tions and exper­i­ence of the can­did­ate, an ini­tial con­tract dur­a­tion of more than three years may be pos­sible.
The start­ing date is flex­ible, but no later than Septem­ber 2021.

The pos­i­tions will be within the inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research depart­ment Migra­tion, Integ­ra­tion, Transna­tion­al­iz­a­tion, headed by Prof. Ruud Koop­mans.

The depart­ment focuses on issues related to migra­tion, integ­ra­tion, and major­ity-minor­ity rela­tions, includ­ing eth­nic and reli­gious con­flicts as drivers of migra­tion in source coun­tries. The research takes an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary per­spect­ive, encom­passing soci­ology, polit­ical sci­ence, social psy­cho­logy, eco­nom­ics, law, and polit­ical philo­sophy. Ongo­ing research foci include pat­terns and drivers of migra­tion from West Africa; reli­gious fun­da­ment­al­ism and extrem­ism; and major­ity and minor­ity rights. Meth­od­o­lo­gic­ally, the research is mostly groun­ded in quant­it­at­ive and exper­i­mental evid­ence, com­ple­men­ted with eth­no­graphic, legal, insti­tu­tional, and norm­at­ive ana­lyses.

Your tasks and duties
The postdoc­toral fel­lows will con­duct inde­pend­ent research and pro­duce high-level inter­na­tional pub­lic­a­tions.
  • For the first pos­i­tion there is no pre­defined topic or approach; can­did­ates have the oppor­tun­ity to pro­pose their own research pro­posal, provided that it fits and mean­ing­fully com­ple­ments the depart­ment’s cur­rent research pro­gramme.
  • The second pos­i­tion is part of a wider WZB effort to strengthen research in the area of digit­al­iz­a­tion, both as a sub­stant­ive research topic, and as a meth­od­o­lo­gical tool. Can­did­ates for this pos­i­tion are invited to present a research pro­posal on a) how pro­cesses of digit­al­iz­a­tion impact and inter­act with the research fields covered by the depart­ment, or b) how digital means can be used to con­duct innov­at­ive research in these fields. Examples include, but are not lim­ited to, research on how digital means and media can be used to under­stand pat­terns of migra­tion and integ­ra­tion, or on how opin­ion form­a­tion and mobil­iz­a­tion with regard to immig­ra­tion, pop­u­lism, and reli­gious fun­da­ment­al­ism take place online.


  • Ph.D.-degree in a rel­ev­ant dis­cip­line (obtained already or soon to be com­pleted)
  • Art­icles in recog­nized peer-reviewed journ­als, either pub­lished or, in case of a recent Ph.D., in an advanced stage of pre­par­a­tion
  • Excel­lent meth­od­o­lo­gical skills appro­pri­ate to the research topic
  • Exper­i­ence with primary data col­lec­tion
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish writ­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills
  • Know­ledge of Ger­man is wel­come but not required
  • For pos­i­tion 2 in addi­tion: excel­lent skills and exper­i­ence in digital data pro­cessing

What we of­fer:

  • Remu­ner­a­tion in accord­ance with Group E14 TVöD Bund (Ger­man civil ser­vice col­lect­ive agree­ment).
  • The WZB encour­ages the research­ers to teach courses at uni­versit­ies in Ber­lin, and to par­ti­cip­ate in the vari­ous inter­na­tional exchange pro­grams that the Centre is involved in.
  • The research of postdoc­toral fel­lows is sup­por­ted by research assist­ants, travel fund­ing, access to small and medium-scale research funds for data col­lec­tion, as well as oppor­tun­it­ies to invite external col­lab­or­at­ors and speak­ers.

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 (

Inform­a­tion about the WZB can be found at and about the MIT research unit at

Candidates are invited to send applic­a­tions elec­tron­ic­ally in pdf-format (not more than
2 pdf-files) con­sist­ing of
  • a let­ter of motiv­a­tion
  • CV
  • cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates
  • a syn­op­sis/research pro­posal (2-3 pages) of the research they would like to con­duct if they were to be chosen for the pos­i­tion.

Please, send applic­a­tions by 31 Janu­ary 2021 to
Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB) / WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre
Prof. Ruud Koop­mans
quot­ing “postdoc­toral researcher MIT” in the sub­ject line.