Researcher (f/m/d)


The Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB Berlin Social Science Center) is offering

one 3-year position of a
researcher (f/m/d)

starting preferably on July 1, 2019, for the EU-Horizon 2020 Project “Technological inequality – Understanding the relation between recent technological innovations and social inequalities (TECHNEQUALITY)”.  Depending on the applicant’s academic profile/qualification, we are offering

a full-time position (39 hours per week) for postdoctoral researchers


a part-time position (65% position, currently 25,35 hours per week) for researchers pursuing a Ph.D.

The WZB is a publicly financed international social science institution that conducts basic research that is theory-based and problem-oriented (see: The position will be attached to the research department “Skill Formation and Labor Markets” (Director: Professor Heike Solga).

The aim of the TECHNEQUALITY project is to push beyond the current research frontiers by focusing on the broader societal impact of technological developments.  The interdisciplinary TECHNEQUALITY consortium brings together sociologists and economists from several European universities and research institutes (Oxford, Stockholm, Florence, Tallinn, Maastricht, Tilburg, and Berlin). Within the consortium, the WZB leads the work package “Educating today for tomorrow’s labour market” (local PIs: Heike Solga, Reinhard Pollak, and Martin Ehlert) – mainly working together with Maastricht (ROA), Florence (EUI), and Tallinn University. This work package zooms in on education systems’ capacities to provide appropriate opportunities for individuals’ early and continuous skills acquisition, the interplay between education systems and technological changes, as well as different types of inequalities in new skill acquisition. Specifically, it focusses on empirically examining the match between educational biographies and skills and the impact that education systems, families, and workplaces as learning opportunities have on this relationship. The analyses will make use of longitudinal and comparative data sources such as NEPS or PIAAC.


  • Original research within the project,
  • Contribution to the theoretical and empirical development of the project,
  • Close cooperation with all project participants,
  • Participation in joint publications,
  • Presentation of project results in workshops and conferences,
  • Support of coordination tasks with the project partners.

The research fellow is supported by a research assistant. The WZB and the research department provide various forms of supporting the career development of young researchers, including the coordination of work/family obligations or the possibility to teach courses at universities in Berlin or elsewhere. The WZB was the first German institution to receive the "HR Excellence in Research Award" from the European Commission in June 2013.

Requirements, depending on qualification:

  • Excellent academic credentials (master’s or  Ph.D. degree) in sociology or a relevant field in Social Sciences,  

According to qualification level:

  • Outstanding knowledge of quantitative research methods, especially in longitudinal data analyses (experiences in comparative research or multilevel data analysis are welcome but not required),
  • Excellent knowledge in labor market or education research,
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills,
  • Knowledge of German is welcome but not required.
  • For postdoctoral applicants: at least one peer-reviewed journal article, either published or, in case of a very recently completed Ph.D., submitted.

Remuneration:  Depending on qualification, salary group E13 (pre-doc applicants) or E14 (postdoc applicants, in accordance to the Wage Agreement for Public Service (TVöD) scale).

Equally well qualified disabled persons will be given priority. The WZB expressly invites women and people with an immigrant background to apply.

Applications including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates, and one publication (i.e., one dissertation chapter, one published, submitted journal article, thesis or seminar paper; preferable project related) should be sent electronically in pdf-format (not more than two separate pdf-files) to sek-aam [at] (the office of the research department) by April 7, 2019.

Job interviews are expected to take place on May 2, 2019.

For more information, see our website (…) or contact (Martin Ehlert martin.ehlert [at]


sek-aam [at]

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