Four Student Assistants (f/m/x)

Job description

For its department “Institutions and Political Inequality” (Director: Prof. Macartan Humphreys, Ph.D.), the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is looking for

Four Student Assistants (f/m/x)

on a temporary basis, starting on June 15, 2021 for a duration of six months (extension is possible) with a weekly working time of up to 19 hours.

WZB is a non-profit organization and a member of the Leibniz Association. WZB engages in research of fundamental societal questions from the perspectives of different disciplines. It is one of the most renowned institutions in the field of social sciences. The scientists who work together at the institute come from such fields as sociology, political science, economics, law, and psychology. The findings of WZB research are directed at the science community, the interested public, and also experts dealing with political and economic issues, with media, and society.

The unit’s research focuses on the experimental and otherwise quantitative study of the political economy of inequality and informal institutions. The successful applicant will work in a dynamic research environment with scholars from Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Nepal, Romania, Russia and the United States.

The student assistants will primarily work on research projects led by the researchers of the unit, including observational and experimental work on political and economic inequality, voter pivotality, media persuasion, political and economic decentralization, traditional political institutions, intergroup relations, migration, and the politics of government surveillance. The student assistants may also work on research conducted by other members of the research department, such as projects on the social/political determinants of Covid-19 mortality, or the socio-political impact of Covid-19 restrictions.

The positions would be an ideal substantive fit for students interested in development, conflict, and political and economic inequality, and in learning about field experimental and survey methods. The position also allows the candidate to pursue either an MA dissertation or an independent research project based on the data generated from the above-mentioned projects.

Your tasks and duties

  • Support the researcher(s) in their research projects including data collection, data management, and statistical analyses of cross-national or panel surveys and other kinds of data formats, such as field experimental data,
  • Literature searches,
  • The creation of data graphics,
  • Assistance with the presentation of quantitative material,
  • And other routine office tasks.

Your qualifications profile

  • The student assistant will be an advanced Bachelor or a Master student in political science, sociology, economics, development studies, social policy, or related subjects (unfortunately, Ph.D. candidates are not eligible for the position),
  • With an active enrollment at a German university for the duration of the student assistant contract,
  • With excellent knowledge of the English language (the working language of the research unit is English),
  • With training in and experience with statistical methods, and excellent R or STATA skills (previous experience working with advanced regression models and their visualization is an advantage),
  • The ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences, and competent handling of MS Office applications are important,
  • Desirable skills include background knowledge of one or more of the following regions of the world: sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, or the post-Soviet states, experience in working with GIS data, programming language skills, or working knowledge of Russian.

Our offer

  • Remuneration in accordance with TV Stud. III of the state of Berlin (currently EUR 12.68 per hour),
  • A well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin,
  • International, cooperative, and diversified working environment,
  • In-depth integration into the scientific community in the form of colloquiums and conferences,
  • Thorough instruction and guidance,
  • Flexible working hours,
  • We promote a good work-life balance, and our engagement has been certified by audit workandfamily and the European Commission’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R),
  • Cafeteria with modern recreation rooms.

Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. We value diversity and welcome all applications – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. WZB expressly encourages women or persons with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the job opening, please contact application-ipi [at] wzb.eu ().

For more information about the research group IPI, follow this link: https://www.wzb.eu/en/research/political-economy-of-development/institutions-and-political-inequality.

Have we sparked your interest? In that case, we are looking forward to receiving your application (letter of motivation, CV) in a single PDF-file by April 18, 2021 to

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH
IPI department
application-ipi [at] wzb.eu

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