Postdoc (f/m/div) Socio-Economic Panel

German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW)

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a research-driven infrastructure based at DIW Berlin, is one of the largest and longest running multidisciplinary panel studies worldwide, and currently surveys around 30,000 people in nearly 15,000 households. SOEP aims to capture social change and thus handles a constant stream of new and diverse topics and tasks. Its data collection and generation adhere to the concept of the survey or data life cycle.

Starting preferably on 1st October 2024, DIW Berlin is looking for a

Postdoc (f/m/div)

(Full-time with 39 hours per week)

What we offer:

A job at a research institute with around 300 colleagues, where diversity, equal opportunities, and a healthy work-life balance guide all areas of work. Flexible work schedules tailored to your needs as well as remote work are key parts of our work culture.

Insights into the SOEP data collection process and early access to unique and restricted data, including regional data that is not freely accessible and linked panel and administrative life course data.

The opportunity to participate in an innovative and interdisciplinary research project and the freedom to to develop your own research questions and set your own priorities within the project.

An exciting and varied job where you will gain deep insights into a research institute as well as national and international science systems. At DIW Berlin, you will have the perfect opportunity to gain further subject-specific training at an institute where science and politics intersect.

DIW Berlin supports your professional and personal qualification and advancement via internal and external career development opportunities and annual performance reviews.

You are paid according to the collective agreement for the public sector (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), which includes an annual bonus as well as a company pension with VBL Ost.

The office is located in the middle of Berlin-Mitte convenient to public transportation. As a DIW Berlin employee, you are eligible for a reduced VBB-Firmenticket that is partially subsidized.

Your responsibilities:

  • Contribution to the interdisciplinary BMBF research consortium „DDR-Past and Mental Health: Risk- and resilience factors (DDR-PSYCH2)“, which is led at the Socio-Economic Panel at the DIW Berlin by Dr. Theresa Entringer.
  • Examination of regional differences in well-being and mental health of the people living in Germany
  • Lifespan and cohort analyses on well-being and mental health
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations with other project members at the SOEP and the research consortium „DDR-PSYCH2“ (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Robert-Koch-Institute Berlin, University Greifswald, University Leipzig)
  • Publication of papers in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentation of findings from the research project at scientific conferences
  • Contribution to the writing and submission of grant applications

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in psychology, sociology or another related field of the social sciences
  • Excellent finished or about to be finished PhD in psychology, sociology or another related field of the social sciences
  • Independent, analytical, and solution-oriented approach to your work, paired with a strong sense of responsibility and high-quality standards
  • Confidence in the use of statistical modeling techniques and software (R or MPlus). This includes methods like panel data analysis, hierarchical models, spatial analysis, difference-in-difference designs, structural equation modeling, missing data modelling and psychometric measurement models
  • Experience in cross-cultural studies or studies with reference to East-West-differences or the former GDR desirable
  • Very good command of German and English that allow to present at national and international conferences and to publish in English-speaking international peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to lead PhD students and student assistants
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills
  • Experiences in working with interdisciplinary research techniques desirable

This is a fixed-term position limited to 31.07.2025. Remuneration is paid according to TVöD Bund, salary group E14.

Application and information:

We value diversity and welcome all applications regardless of gender, disability, nationality, or ethnic or social origin. If you’re interested in the position, we are excited to hear from you!

Please apply online by 25.05.2024 quoting the reference number SOEP-5-24 and including a cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates, and references. Please do not include a photo. If you have any questions about the online application, contact recruiting(at)diw.de.

In-person interviews are planned to take place in the 23. and 24. calendar weeks.

You can find more information about DIW Berlin on our website, www.diw.de. Please contact Dr. Theresa Entringer (tentringer(at)diw.de) for more information on the specific tasks and responsibilities of this position.

DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research) has been one of Germany’s leading economic research institutes since 1925. It analyzes economic and social scientific relationships in societally relevant research areas and uses the findings to provide advice to policymakers and society at large. DIW Berlin is a part of national and international networks, provides research infrastructure that is used worldwide, and supports young researchers in their careers. DIW Berlin is independent and, as a member of the Leibniz Association, is financed primarily by public funds.