Research Professorship (f/m/x)


The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is one of Germany’s leading non-university research institutions for basic social science research. It is publicly funded and a member of the Leibniz Association. The WZB conducts research with a focus on the development, problems, and opportunities for innovation in a globalizing world. Research at the WZB is both theory-based and problem-oriented. It is characterized by long-term projects based on multidisciplinary cooperation, international comparison, and transnational perspectives. The current research areas at the WZB are Dynamics of Social Inequalities; Markets and Choice; Digitalization and Societal Transformation; International Politics and Law; Dynamics of Political Systems; Migration and Diversity; and Political Economy of Development.

The WZB seeks to fill the position of a 

Research Professorship (f/m/x)

in the field of Global Sociology

at the earliest possible date in collaboration with the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG). SCRIPTS analyses the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It connects the academic expertise in social sciences and area studies in Berlin, collaborates with research institutions in all world regions, and maintains cooperative ties with major political, cultural, and social institutions (

We seek an internationally renowned scholar who studies global structures, processes, and changes, their causes, and outcomes. More specifically, research themes could focus on transnational processes, such as sociology of international organizations, global inequalities, global normativity, social movements, migration in the Global South, environmental problems, gender relations, religion, or the interactions in transnational families. The research should focus on using the globe as a unit of analysis and take multiple theoretical research perspectives into account, including global political theory.

Applicants must have a distinguished record of research excellence, as evidenced by outstanding international publications and other scholarly activities. Furthermore, we expect candidates to engage in intellectual exchange across a broad range of topics in the discipline and the willingness to work in interdisciplinary collaborative work.

In consultation with the Berlin universities, the successful applicant will be appointed to a Special Professorship (W3), which entails a teaching load reduced to a total of two hours per week. To this end, applicants must meet the qualifications for appointment as a university professor. Furthermore, the successful applicant will be entitled and encouraged to propose additional research projects within the SCRIPTS context.

The WZB is committed to providing opportunities to people from all backgrounds to help create a welcoming and inclusive community. To this end, the WZB explicitly encourages women and persons with a migratory background to apply. Equally well qualified disabled persons will be given priority.

Applications should be submitted latest by 29 February 2020, including a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) list of publications, 4) brief statement on current and future research, and 5) contact information of two persons that can provide a reference, and should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn
Director of the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS
WZB Social Science Center
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin, Germany

Please send your English language application in the form of one PDF file to Joia Buning at gg.applications [at]

All interviews will take place at the main WZB building in Berlin, Germany.

For further details about the WZB, please visit our website at


Joia Buning
gg.applications [at]

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