Research Associate (PostDoc)

GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim

GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences is an internationally active research institute, funded by federal and state governments and member of the Leibniz Association.

Starting on November 1st, 2019 our Department Monitoring Society and Social Change, Team German Microdata Lab located in Mannheim, is looking for a

Research Associate (PostDoc)

(Salary group 14 TV-L, 100 %, initially limited to 4 years)

Monitoring current social developments is a primary objective of the social sciences. The department “Monitoring Society and Social Change” supports the social sciences in this task, by providing comprehensive data and tools to describe and analyse social changes.

Your tasks will be:

• Conceptualization of the scientific-use files of the German Microcensus from 2020, taking into account the Mikrozensusgesetz 2016

• Further development of the research-based services for the Microcensus

• Preparation and documentation of Microcensus data

• Research in the field of social stratification and social structure analysis

• Cooperation with external committees and official statistics

Your profile:

• Completed doctoral/Ph.D. degree in the social sciences, followed by several years of professional experience

• Profound knowledge of official household surveys and their research potential for the social sciences

• Very good knowledge of statistical methods and expertise in the analysis of complex data sets

• Very good knowledge of statistical evaluation software (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Stata, R)

• Publication experience in peer-reviewed journals

GESIS offers an exciting work environment for interdisciplinary research at the interface between the social sciences and computer science. As an infrastructure institution, we promote social science research and cooperate with renowned international research institutes.

GESIS supports your career development. We offer a wide range of career opportunities in an attractive and rewarding work environment that allows you to carry out your tasks in a creative and autonomous manner. You will work in an international environment in the heart of Mannheim and benefit from our flexible working conditions as well as our extensive internal and external networks.

GESIS is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to disability regulations.

We are a family-friendly employer and have been certified by the audit Work&Family since 2010. The position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

You will find further information here.

For further information concerning the tasks please contact Dr. Heike Wirth via phone +49-621-1246-269 or via E-Mail. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Michaela Schwarzhaupt via E-Mail.


Please apply via our Online-application portal until August 15th, 2019.

Our reference number is DBG-43.