Predoctoral Research Fellow (f/m/x)

The Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH (WZB Berlin Social Science Centre), research department Institutions and Political Inequality IPI (Director: Professor Macartan Humphreys) seeks to hire

A Predoctoral Research Fellow (f/m/x)
with a contract duration of two years. The expected start date is mid-October 2023 at the latest. The appointment is made at 100% of the regular working hours (currently 39 hours/week).
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is a publicly financed research institution that conducts leading edge theory-based and problem-oriented social science research ( WZB researchers come from across the globe and work across social science disciplines including sociology, political science, economics, law, and psychology. A member of the Leibniz Association, WZB’s research is directed at the science community, policy makers, the media and the general public.

The research department Institutions and Political Inequality (IPI) uses observational and experimental methods to study major problems related to political inequality, intergroup conflict, and international development. The predoctoral position in the department is ideal for candidates seeking to enhance research exposure and develop research design and analysis skills before embarking on Ph.D. dissertation research.
Job description

  • Providing research support to the department
  • Conducting statistical analysis
  • Developing new instruments for data collecting

  • Completed master degree in a social science discipline or statistics
  • Very good statistical skills including competence in R and/or STATA
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills (English is the working language of the department)
  • Preferably field work experience

Our offer
  • Remuneration in accordance with EG 13 TVöD Bund (in accordance with German public service collective agreement)
  • Additional benefits for public service employees (VBL U)
  • A well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin
  • Active support by research assistants, travel funding and access to small and medium-scale research funds for data collection, as well as opportunities to invite external collaborators and speakers
  • International, cooperative, and diversified working environment
  • In-depth integration into the scientific community through participation in colloquiums and conferences
  • 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)
  • Comprehensive program for continuous professional development and further qualification, in the own discipline and beyond
  • Discounted VBB company ticket
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 people with developing country backgrounds to apply.

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Application procedure
Candidates are requested to submit the following documents (all in English) in a single PDF-file
  • Cover letter outlining career goals, research interests, statistical skills, experience supporting social scientific research, and names for up to three letter writers that could support your application
  • Writing sample
  • CV
  • Please ask one writer to send a reference letter directly to application-ipi [at]  with “[your last name] IPI predoc reference letter” in the subject line.
We will evaluate all complete applications received by (and including) January 9, 2023.
Job interviews will likely take place in early February 2023.
If you have any questions regarding this job opening, please contact application-ipi [at]

Have we sparked your interest? In that case, we are looking forward to receiving your application.
Application deadline
Employment Period
Weekly worktime

Selda Graumann
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Research Unit Institutions and Political Inequality

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