Postdoctoral Research Fellows (m/f/d)

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

The Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB Berlin Social Science Centre), research department Transformations of Democracy (TD) (Director: Professor Daniel Ziblatt), seeks to hire two

Postdoctoral Research Fellows (m/f/d)

for an appointment starting as soon as possible (date negotiable) for a duration of up to three years (shorter duration is possible). The appointment is made at 100% of the regular working hours (currently 39 hours/week).

The WZB is a publicly financed international social science institution that conducts basic research that is theory-based and problem-oriented. The new research department TD focuses on “transformations in democracy”—forward movements of democratization, backward trends of de-democratization, and innovations in democratic institutions and practice to cope with the new pressures on democracy around the world.


The two postdoc researchers will conduct independent research and provide research support to the research department and work collaboratively with the research team on two different projects:

Project A: Inequality, Identity, and Mobilization of Resentment

Project B: Localism and the Political Geography of the Radical Right

(see: www.wzb.eu/en/research/dynamics-of-political-systems/transformations-of-democracy/projects).

The Research Fellows are expected to closely cooperate within their project as well as with the other members of the department and to play a leading role in developing the unit’s workshops and research projects.


Applicants are expected to have:

  • completed a Ph.D. in political science or a related social science discipline
  • a vibrant and creative research agenda
  • knowledge of, and excellent skills in quantitative research and quantitative methods
  • excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • knowledge of German language is useful though not required
  • good organizational skills as well as willingness and capacity for teamwork

Salary for the positions: EG 14 TVöD Bund


Candidates are requested to submit a CV, writing sample, cover letter (in English), relevant certificates, one letter of reference and contact information for two additional references by November 30, 2020. The cover letter should outline a research agenda for the period of application.

Equally well qualified disabled persons will be given preference. We value diversity and welcome all applications - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. The WZB explicitly encourages women and people with an immigrant background to apply.

Please, send your application by email (one pdf-file) to Roxanne Bibra, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Application-dps(at)wzb.eu with “postdoctoral fellow application” in the subject line.

Further information: www.wzb.eu/.