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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

Das WZB ist eine öffent­lich geför­derte Ein­rich­tung für pro­blem­ori­en­tierte sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­che Grund­la­gen­for­schung (http://www.wzb.eu). Als außer­uni­ver­si­tä­res For­schungs­in­sti­tut ist es Mit­glied der Leib­niz-Gemein­schaft und gehört zu den füh­ren­den Ein­rich­tun­gen der Sozi­al­for­schung. Am WZB arbei­ten ca. 500 deut­sche und aus­län­di­sche Wis­sen­schaft­ler*innen ver­schie­de­ner Dis­zi­pli­nen und Mit­ar­bei­ter*innen in den wis­sen­schafts­un­ter­stüt­zen­den Berei­chen zusam­men. Unter­sucht wer­den Ent­wick­lun­gen, Pro­bleme und Inno­va­ti­ons­chan­cen moder­ner Gesell­schaf­ten. Die Ergeb­nisse der WZB-For­schung rich­ten sich an die wis­sen­schaft­li­che Com­mu­nity, an Expert*innen und Ent­schei­der*innen in Poli­tik, Wirt­schaft und Gesell­schaft, an die Medien und die inter­es­sierte Öffent­lich­keit.

Postdoc­toral Research Fel­low (f/m/x)

English

Working field:

For its research depart­ment Trans­form­a­tions of Demo­cracy (TD) (Dir­ector: Pro­fessor Daniel Zib­latt) the Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter (WZB) is look­ing for a

Postdoc­toral Research Fel­low (f/m/x)

from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024, for 39 hours per week.

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter is a pub­licly fin­anced research insti­tu­tion that con­ducts lead­ing edge the­ory-based and prob­lem-ori­ented social sci­ence research (www.wzb.eu/en). The research depart­ment TD focuses on “trans­form­a­tions in demo­cracy”—for­ward move­ments of demo­crat­iz­a­tion, back­ward trends of de-demo­crat­iz­a­tion, and innov­a­tions in demo­cratic insti­tu­tions and prac­tice to cope with the new pres­sures on demo­cracy around the world (www.wzb.eu/en/research/dynamics-of-political-systems/transformations-of-democracy ).

Your tasks and duties
As a postdoc researcher you will con­duct inde­pend­ent research, research col­lab­or­at­ively with the team and provide research sup­port on one or sev­eral ongo­ing pro­jects:

Pro­ject A: New threats to Demo­cracy
Pro­ject B: Demo­cratic Norms: Erosion or Change?
Pro­ject C: Evol­u­tion of Demo­cratic Ideas
Pro­ject D: Demo­cratic Trans­itions and Author­it­arian Per­sist­ence
(see: www.wzb.eu/en/research/dynamics-of-political-systems/transformations-of-democracy/projects).

You are expec­ted to closely cooper­ate within your pro­ject as well as with the other mem­bers of the depart­ment and to play a lead­ing role in devel­op­ing the unit’s work­shops and research pro­jects.

Requirements:

Your qual­i­fic­a­tions pro­file

Applic­ants are expec­ted to have:
  • com­pleted a Ph.D. in polit­ical sci­ence or a related social sci­ence dis­cip­line
  • a vibrant and cre­at­ive research agenda
  • know­ledge of, and excel­lent skills in quant­it­at­ive research and quant­it­at­ive meth­ods
  • excel­lent writ­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tion skills in Eng­lish
  • know­ledge of Ger­man lan­guage is use­ful though not required
  • good organ­iz­a­tional skills as well as will­ing­ness and capa­city for team­work

What we offer:

  • remu­ner­a­tion in accord­ance with 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

How to apply:

Fur­ther inform­a­tion
For more inform­a­tion about the research depart­ment fol­low this www.wzb.eu/en/research/dynamics-of-political-systems/transformations-of….
For more inform­a­tion about WZB, see www.wzb.eu.
If you have any ques­tions regard­ing the job open­ing, please con­tact applic­a­tion-dps[at]wzb.eu with “postdoc­toral fel­low applic­a­tion” in the sub­ject line.

Applic­a­tion pro­ced­ure
Have we sparked your interest? In that case, we are look­ing for­ward to receiv­ing your online applic­a­tion by 15 Octo­ber 2022.

Can­did­ates are reques­ted to sub­mit a CV, writ­ing sample, cover let­ter (in Eng­lish), rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates, one let­ter of ref­er­ence and con­tact inform­a­tion for two addi­tional ref­er­ences. The cover let­ter should out­line a research agenda for the period of applic­a­tion.