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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.

Postdoc­toral research fel­lows

Work­ing field:

The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre) seeks to hire up to two Postdoc­toral research fel­lows.

The pos­i­tions are full-time (cur­rently 39 weekly hours) and with an ini­tial con­tract dur­a­tion of three years with the inten­tion of renewal for three more 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 not later than Septem­ber 2020.

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 polit­ical unfree­dom and reli­gious con­flicts in source coun­tries as drivers of migra­tion. 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 legal, insti­tu­tional, and norm­at­ive ana­lyses.

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

The research­ers will con­duct inde­pend­ent research, con­trib­ute to the research pro­gram of the depart­ment, and pro­duce high-level inter­na­tional pub­lic­a­tions in rela­tion to one or more of the fol­low­ing research top­ics:
1) Jihadist move­ments and inter-reli­gious com­munal viol­ence in West Africa
2) Demo­crat­iz­a­tion and polit­ical Islam in the Middle East and North Africa
3) Mod­ern­iz­a­tion move­ments and reform theo­logy within Islam in response to the chal­lenge of fun­da­ment­al­ism, with a focus on Islam in Europe and/or the coun­tries of the Islamic world.
In addi­tion to their primary research tasks, the WZB encour­ages the research­ers to teach courses at uni­versit­ies in Ber­lin, and to par­ti­cip­ate in vari­ous inter­na­tional exchange pro­grams that the Centre is involved in. The research of WZB 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.


  • Excel­lent Ph.D. degree (obtained already or soon to be com­pleted), with
  • Dis­cip­lin­ary back­ground depend­ing on the topic (top­ics 1 and 2: polit­ical sci­ence, soci­ology or eco­nom­ics; topic 3: soci­ology, theo­logy, Middle East­ern or Islamic stud­ies)
  • Art­icles in recog­nized peer-reviewed journ­als or equi­val­ent mono­graph, either pub­lished or, in case of a very 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 local lan­guages of coun­tries/regions of study is advant­age­ous
  • Know­ledge of Ger­man is wel­come but not required.

What we of­fer:

EG 14 TVöD (in accord­ance with Ger­man civil ser­vice col­lect­ive agree­ment)

How to ap­ply:

Equally well qual­i­fied dis­abled can­did­ates will be given pref­er­ence. The WZB expressly invites women and per­sons with migra­tion back­ground to apply.

Can­did­ates are invited to send applic­a­tions elec­tron­ic­ally in pdf-format (not more than
2 pdf-files) con­sist­ing of
  • a motiv­a­tion let­ter
  • CV
  • cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates
  • a syn­op­sis (2-3 pages) of the research within one of the three sug­ges­ted top­ical areas they would like to con­duct if they were to get the pos­i­tion.
  • Applic­a­tions regard­ing top­ics 1 and 2 should include – but need not be lim­ited to – the use of quant­it­at­ive and/or exper­i­mental meth­ods into the research syn­op­sis. Applic­a­tions regard­ing topic 3 will likely rely more heav­ily on qual­it­at­ive meth­ods but may also include quant­it­at­ive aspects (e.g., in con­tent ana­lyses).
Please, send applic­a­tions by 16 Feb­ru­ary, 2020 to
Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH (WZB) / WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre

Prof. Ruud Koop­mans
quot­ing “postdoc researcher MIT” in the sub­ject line.