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Research Fellow position at WZB Global Governance unit (f/m/x)

News from Jan 28, 2021


Research fellow (f/m/x)

Job description

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center’s Global Governance unit in the research area International Politics and Law (Director: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn) is seeking a

research fellow (f/m/x)

to be employed for a period of three years, starting preferably on 1st April 2021, with a weekly working load of 25.35 hours (65% of full-time).

Task description:

The position is part of a project that aims to construct a typology of the contestations of the liberal script. It aims to provide an overview of the diversity and relative strength of actors who contest the liberal script worldwide, including authoritarian regimes, political parties, and social movements. The tasks of the successful candidate will be primarily focused on the quantitative side of a mixed-methods research design, e.g. computational language processing. In addition to empirical and conceptual contributions, the position involves participation in joint publications and presentation of the project results at workshops and conferences. The project team consists of four research fellow positions and is headed by two project leaders. Moreover, the scientist will be involved in the research program of the Global Governance unit (https://www.wzb.eu/en/research/international-politics-and-law/global-governance) and closely work with the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (http://www.scripts-berlin.eu).

It is encouraged that the successful candidate pursues a doctoral degree, preferably at the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS), in parallel with the position. Please keep in mind that the position is not open to persons already holding a doctoral degree.


  • Very good knowledge of Political Sociology, Comparative Politics, or International Relations,
  • Very good final marks (Master’s or equivalent) in Social Science, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Data Science, Statistics, Research Methodology, or a related discipline,
  • Very good knowledge of and experience with quantitative research and quantitative methods in the social sciences,
  • Experience with computational language processing, such as Named Entity Recognition using programming languages R or Python (particularly libraries, such as SpaCy),
  • Good organizational skills as well as willingness and capacity for teamwork,
  • Very good command of the English language.

Basic understanding of qualitative research and methods as well as additional language skills is an asset.

Remuneration: Up to salary group EG 13 in accordance with German Public Service Wage Agreement (TVöD Bund).

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

Candidates are kindly required to send their application documents in English (including a letter of motivation, a short sketch of a potential dissertation topic of max. 500 words, tabular curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates, Master's diploma, transcripts, and contact information of two referees) per e-mail, in the form of one single PDF file, no later than 18th February 2021 to:

Barçın Uluışık, gg.applications@wzb.eu

The interviews will be conducted online via video conference.

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin

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