Predoctoral 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

Predoctoral 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 65% of the regular working hours (currently 25.35 hours/week).

The WZB is a publicly financed international social science institution that conducts basic research that is theory-based and problem-oriented (see www.wzb.eu/en). 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 (www.wzb.eu/en/research/dynamics-of-political-systems/transformations-of-democracy ).


The two junior researchers will conduct research and provide research support to the research department within 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 ).

Both will review relevant literature from different disciplines, collect and analyse data, and co-author publications on the conceptual framework and the results of the studies. The Research Fellows are expected to closely cooperate within their project as well as with the other members of the department.


Applicants are expected to have:

  • completed a master degree (or a related degree) in political science or a related social science discipline
  • knowledge of and experience with quantitative research and quantitative methods
  • competence in handling of statistical data analyses (using syntax-based software)
  • knowledge of German language is useful though not required, and
  • good organizational skills as well as willingness and capacity for teamwork

The positions are ideal for candidates with a master in hand who want to acquire research exposure and develop a research design and analysis skills to embark on a PhD.

Salary for the positions: EG 13 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 more by November 30, 2020. The cover letter should outline statistical skills and experience supporting social scientific research.

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 “predoctoral fellow application” in the subject line.

Further information www.wzb.eu/en.