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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 Fel­low

Work­ing field:

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter, Pro­ject Group “Natio­nal Edu­ca­tio­nal Panel Study: Voca­tio­nal Trai­ning and Lifel­ong Learning” (Prof. Dr. Rein­hard Pollak), is offe­ring a posi­tion of a

Post­doc­to­ral Rese­arch Fel­low.

The posi­tion is full-time (cur­rently 39 hours per week). The con­tract will start on Janu­ary 1, 2019 for the dura­tion of four years.
The WZB is a publi­cly finan­ced inter­na­tio­nal social sci­ence insti­tu­tion that con­ducts basic rese­arch that is theory-based and pro­blem-ori­en­ted. The posi­tion is loca­ted wit­hin long-term pro­ject “Natio­nal Edu­ca­tio­nal Panel Study: Voca­tio­nal Trai­ning and Lifel­ong Learning”. It is part of the nation-wide inter­di­sci­pli­nary net­work pro­ject “Natio­nal Edu­ca­tio­nal Panel Study”, a quan­ti­ta­tive lon­gi­tu­di­nal study on edu­ca­tio­nal tra­jec­to­ries and com­pe­tence deve­lop­ment over the ent­ire life course. At the WZB, the rese­arch pro­ject focu­ses on two sta­ges in the life course, first on the tran­si­tion of ado­lescents into voca­tio­nal trai­ning and the labor mar­ket (sub-pro­ject “Voca­tio­nal Trai­ning and Tran­si­ti­ons into the Labor Mar­ket”), and, second, on fur­ther edu­ca­tion, labor mar­ket tra­jec­to­ries and mone­tary and non-mone­tary returns to edu­ca­tion (sub-pro­ject “Adult Edu­ca­tion and Lifel­ong Learning”). The WZB group, toge­ther with its part­ners in the NEPS net­work, is res­pon­si­ble for the yearly panel sur­veys among ado­lescents and adults.
We are loo­king for a highly moti­va­ted post­doc­to­ral rese­arch fel­low with a strong rese­arch pro­file in fur­ther edu­ca­tion, occupa­tio­nal care­ers, tran­si­ti­ons into voca­tio­nal trai­ning and the labor mar­ket and/or in labor mar­ket ine­qua­li­ties. The can­di­date is expec­ted to be highly moti­va­ted to engage in the theory-dri­ven fur­ther deve­lop­ment of the ques­ti­on­nai­res and to use the data to deve­lop her/his indi­vi­dual rese­arch pro­file through publi­ca­ti­ons in lea­ding aca­de­mic jour­nals.
  • con­duc­ting pro­ject-rela­ted sub­stan­tive and metho­do­lo­gi­cal rese­arch inde­pendently and in co-ope­ra­tion team mem­bers at the WZB and at other NEPS net­work part­ner insti­tu­ti­ons
  • con­duc­ting yearly sur­veys in co-ope­ra­tion with the team mem­bers at the WZB and at the other NEPS net­work part­ner insti­tu­ti­ons
  • direc­ting yearly stu­dies and being the main res­pon­si­ble per­son for these stu­dies
  • deve­lo­ping new ques­ti­on­naire modu­les on lifel­ong learning and occupa­tio­nal chan­ges
  • repre­sen­ting the WZB pro­ject group in NEPS net­work mee­tings
  • pre­sen­ting results of rese­arch at inter­na­tio­nal and natio­nal con­fe­ren­ces, publis­hing arti­cles in inter­na­tio­nal and natio­nal jour­nals

The NEPS team at the WZB is a group of young, dedi­ca­ted rese­ar­chers with a strong rese­arch focus on voca­tio­nal trai­ning and lifel­ong learning. The WZB fol­lows a code of con­duct for the pro­mo­tion of post­doc­to­ral rese­arch fel­lows. We offer our rese­ar­chers the pos­si­bi­lity to teach cour­ses at uni­ver­si­ties in Ber­lin. The rese­arch of WZB fel­lows is sup­por­ted by rese­arch assis­tants, tra­vel fun­ding, access to small and medium-scale rese­arch funds, oppor­tu­nities to invite exter­nal col­la­bo­ra­tors and spea­kers, and oppor­tu­nities to par­ti­ci­pate in high-end methods semi­nars.

Infor­ma­tion on the NEPS Pro­ject Group and the respec­tive pro­jects can be found at Infor­ma­tion about the WZB can be found at For indi­vi­dual ques­ti­ons, please con­tact


  • Excel­lent or very good doc­to­ral degree in socio­logy or in a rela­ted field (eco­no­mics, edu­ca­tio­nal sci­en­ces, psy­cho­logy)
  • Excel­lent know­ledge in the field of lifel­ong learning and/or career deve­lop­ment, intra­ge­ne­ra­tio­nal social mobi­lity, tran­si­ti­ons into voca­tio­nal trai­ning and the labor mar­ket and/or labor mar­ket ine­qua­li­ties
  • Pro­fes­sio­nal expe­ri­ence (incl. publi­ca­ti­ons) in quan­ti­ta­tive lon­gi­tu­di­nal data ana­ly­sis
  • Pro­fes­sio­nal expe­ri­ence in sci­en­ti­fic data collec­tion (quan­ti­ta­tive data)
  • Excel­lent com­mand of writ­ten and spo­ken Ger­man (C2)
  • Very good wri­ting and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills in Eng­lish and Ger­man
  • Excel­lent orga­niza­t­io­nal skills pro­ven in pre­vious pro­ject con­texts
  • Ability and wil­ling­ness to work in an inter­di­sci­pli­nary multi-local team
  • Wil­ling­ness to tra­vel fre­quently wit­hin Ger­many
  • Wil­ling­ness to achieve a habi­li­ta­tion or equi­va­lent
Desi­ra­ble cha­rac­te­ris­tics:
  • Pro­fes­sio­nal expe­ri­ence in lon­gi­tu­di­nal quan­ti­ta­tive data collec­tion
  • Pro­fes­sio­nal expe­ri­ence in inter­di­sci­pli­nary pro­jects

What we of­fer:

Salary level is EG 14 TVöD (in accor­dance with Ger­man public ser­vice collec­tive agree­ment)

How to ap­ply:

Can­di­da­tes are kindly requested to send a valid app­li­ca­tion in Ger­man, inclu­ding
  • a let­ter of inte­rest,
  • a CV without photo, inclu­ding a list of publi­ca­ti­ons as well as infor­ma­tion about sci­ence/pro­ject-rele­vant skills and expe­ri­en­ces,
  • copies of Ph.D. cer­ti­fi­cate, uni­ver­sity diplo­mas, and course tran­scripts,
  • copies of refe­ren­ces (from employ­ers and/or super­vi­sors), if app­lica­ble,
  • if app­lica­ble, cer­ti­fi­ca­tes regar­ding lan­guage skills
  • a syn­op­sis (2-3 pages) of the rese­arch the can­di­date would like to con­duct in this posi­tion
  • one publi­ca­tion (i.e. one dis­ser­ta­tion chap­ter or one publis­hed or sub­mit­ted jour­nal arti­cle)
by e-mail until Sep­tem­ber 30, 2018 in pdf-for­mat (one pdf-file) to: Syl­via Pichor­ner (, sub­ject: App­li­ca­tion NEPS post­doc.
Job inter­views are plan­ned to take place in the second half of Octo­ber 2018.
Equally well-qua­li­fied disa­b­led per­sons will be given pre­fe­rence. The WZB expressly invi­tes women and people with an immi­grant back­ground to apply.