WZB Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows


For its Institutions and Political Inequality department, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is looking for up to: Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows (f/m/x) for a full-time appointment (39 hours per week) of up to three years starting possibly from 1 September 2023.

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is a publicly financed research institution that conducts leading edge theory-based and problem-oriented social science research (http://www.wzb.eu/en). WZB researchers come from across the globe and work across social science disciplines including sociology, political science, economics, law, and psychology. A member of the Leibniz Association, WZB’s research is directed at the science community, policy makers, the media and the general public.

The position will be attached to the “Institutions and Political Inequality” research unit (Director: Professor Macartan Humphreys). The research department uses observational and experimental methods to study major problems related to the political economy of social and political inequality with a focus on the political economy of international development.

Job description

Your tasks and duties

  • The research fellow will design and implement original research projects and publish in at least one of the unit’s core thematic research areas, including political inequality, intergroup conflict, international development, and knowledge accumulation in the social sciences.

Your qualifications profile

  • Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in political science, economics, statistics, or a related social science discipline by the appointment’s start-date and should have a vibrant and innovative research agenda related to one of the department’s core thematic research areas
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills are required (English is the working language of the unit)

Our offer

  • Remuneration in accordance with in accordance with the German public service collective agreement EG 14 TVöD Bund
  • Additional benefits for public service employees (VBL U)
  • A well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin
  • 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
  • Cafeteria with modern recreation rooms
  • Discounted VBB company ticket

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 encourage women or persons with migration backgrounds or developing country background to apply.

For more information about the research group IPI, follow this link here: https://wzb.eu/en/research/political-economy-of-development/institution…

For more information about WZB, see here: https://wzb.eu/en.

How to apply
Candidates are requested to submit the following documents (all in English) in a single PDF-file via the WZB application portal:

  • CV
  • Cover letter that outlines the research agenda for the period of application
  • Writing sample
  • One letter of reference. Additional letters are welcome and will be requested for shortlisted candidates. If the reference/s is/are being sent by the letter writers directly, please ask them to send the letter of recommendation to the email-address application-ipi@wzb.eu quoting “[your last name] IPI postdoc reference letter” in the subject line.

We will evaluate all complete applications received by (and including) January 9, 2023.

Job interviews will likely take place in early February 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the job opening, please contact application-ipi@wzb.eu.

Have we sparked your interest? In that case, we are looking forward to receiving your application. Please start your application by following the steps outlined at the WZB application portal.

Apply here

Application deadline: 9 January 2023

Employment Period: 01.09.2023-31.08.2026

Weekly worktime: 39h


Selda Grauman

Date de candidature
3 years
Humanités : Anthropologie & Ethnologie
Sciences sociales : Démographie, Droit, Economie, Géographie, Gestion et administration publique, Psychologie et sciences cognitives, Relations internationales, Science politique, Sociologie