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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.

Pre-Doc­to­ral Rese­arch Fel­low (m/f/x)

Work­ing field:

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre (Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH) is offe­ring two posi­ti­ons as

Pre-Doc­to­ral Rese­arch Fel­low (m/f/x)

to be employed for a dura­tion of up to 3 years, pre­fer­a­bly star­ting on 1 Febru­ary 2020, with a work load of 65% of a full-time posi­tion (at pre­sent 25.35 wee­kly hours). The posi­ti­ons are sub­ject to appro­val by a third-party donor.

The posi­ti­ons will be wit­hin the inter­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch unit Migra­tion, Inte­gra­tion and Trans­na­tio­na­li­za­tion (MIT), hea­ded by Prof. Dr. Ruud Koop­mans. The rese­ar­chers will con­tri­bute to the pro­ject “Trans­na­tio­nal Per­spec­tives on Migra­tion and Inte­gra­tion” (TRANS­MIT) con­duc­ted at the WZB wit­hin the frame­work of the DeZIM For­schungs­ge­mein­schaft. TRANS­MIT explo­res migra­tion bet­ween Wes­tern Africa and Europe, with a focus on migra­tion dri­vers and how migra­tion pro­ces­ses influ­ence pro­s­pects for inte­gra­tion in Europe.
The suc­cess­ful can­di­da­tes will deve­lop a com­mon sur­vey frame­work to ans­wer over­ar­ching rese­arch ques­ti­ons rela­ted to these topics. In addi­tion, they will focus on one of two regi­ons, Sene­gam­bia (Sene­gal, The Gam­bia) or Nige­ria, to inves­ti­gate regio­nal aspects in more detail. The rese­arch pro­cess will be embed­ded wit­hin the MIT unit and bene­fit from close col­la­bo­ra­tion with the TRANS­MIT part­ner uni­ver­si­ties.

The unit is see­king to fill the two posi­ti­ons with rese­ar­chers with com­pli­men­tary skill pro­files: one focu­sed on Nige­ria and the use of quan­ti­ta­tive rese­arch methods (Pro­file 1), and one focu­sed on Sene­gal/ The Gam­bia and the use of qua­li­ta­tive rese­arch methods (Pro­file 2). While the can­di­da­tes’ work will take place mainly wit­hin their cho­sen pro­file, can­di­da­tes should be wil­ling to engage with both methods.

  • Con­cep­tua­li­za­tion and super­vi­sion of a large-scale sur­vey in the respec­tive region,
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and coor­di­na­tion with local part­ners,
  • Col­la­bo­ra­tion for the WZB in the rese­arch net­work of the DeZIM-For­schungs­ge­mein­schaft,
  • Con­tri­bu­tion to the publi­ca­tion of rese­arch results in natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal jour­nals,
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion of rese­arch results at natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­ren­ces,
  • Pro­file 1/Nige­ria: Quan­ti­ta­tive ana­ly­sis of obser­va­tio­nal and expe­ri­men­tal data,
  • Pro­file 2/Sene­gam­bia: Inter­views and other forms of qua­li­ta­tive fiel­dwork.

The rese­ar­chers are encou­ra­ged to pur­sue a Ph.D. degree on a topic clo­sely lin­ked to the rese­arch pro­ject, pre­fer­a­bly at Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sity Ber­lin and super­vi­sed by WZB rese­ar­chers.


  • Com­ple­ted MA with excel­lent gra­des in Poli­ti­cal Sci­ence, Eco­no­mics, Socio­logy, or a rela­ted sub­ject,
  • Abi­lity to work both in a team and inde­pendently,
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish and Ger­man lan­guage skills,
  • Wil­ling­ness to repeatedly tra­vel to the regi­ons in ques­tion (Sene­gal/The Gam­bia or Nige­ria),
Pro­file 1/Nige­ria:
  • Strong skills in quan­ti­ta­tive data ana­ly­sis, ide­ally with a focus on cau­sal infe­rence,
  • Com­for­ta­ble hand­ling of sta­tis­ti­cal soft­ware (STATA or R),
Pro­file 2/Sene­gam­bia:
  • Strong skills in qua­li­ta­tive rese­arch methods, pre­fer­a­bly gathe­red in an inter­na­tio­nal con­text,
  • Abi­lity to effec­tively com­mu­ni­cate in French

  • Expe­ri­ence in sur­vey and/or expe­ri­men­tal design,
  • Know­ledge of GIS soft­ware,
  • Know­ledge of local lan­guages spo­ken in the rese­arch regi­ons Sene­gal/The Gam­bia or Nige­ria.

What we of­fer:

Salary: Group EG 13 TVöD (in accordance with the Ger­man public ser­vice collec­tive agree­ment).

How to ap­ply:

Equally well-qua­li­fied dis­ab­led app­li­cants will be given pre­fe­rence. The WZB expli­citly invi­tes women and people of immi­grant back­ground to apply.

Please sub­mit your elec­tro­nic app­li­ca­tion (one pdf-file) by 11 Octo­ber 2019. The app­li­ca­tion should con­tain a moti­va­tion let­ter, CV, and rele­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tes. Apart from their gene­ral moti­va­tion and pos­si­ble rese­arch idea(s) for the Ph.D., app­li­cants should indi­cate the rese­arch pro­file/region they envi­sion working in.

App­li­ca­ti­ons should be sent to
Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung (WZB) /
WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Centre
Kat­rin Lud­wig
quo­ting “App­li­ca­tion Trans­mit Pro­file 1” or “App­li­ca­tion Trans­mit Pro­file 2” in the sub­ject line.
Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the WZB and the rese­arch unit MIT is avail­able at

Job inter­views will take place mid-Novem­ber 2019.