Research Fellow (f/m/d)

Job description

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center’s research area International Politics and Law, research unit Global Governance (Director: Prof Dr Michael Zürn) is seeking to employ

one research fellow

within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script’ (SCRIPTS). The position entails full-time (39 hours/week) employment for four years, with the possibility of extension, starting preferably on 1st April 2019.*

The Cluster of Excellence ‘Contestations of the Liberal Script’ (SCRIPTS) analyses the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It connects the academic expertise in the 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. (For more information, please visit

Besides the WZB, the Cluster of Excellence includes the Freie Universität Berlin (as the applicant university), the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, the Centre for East European and International Studies, the German Institute for Economic Research, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, and the Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies.

The position is embedded in the Theory Network of SCRIPTS, where researchers examine the findings for their theoretical contribution to the overall concept of the cluster. The results of the discussion are regularly incorporated into the cluster’s four research units in order to ensure a close conceptual link among them and to the overall concept. Along with the speakers, the research fellow of the Theory Network will have a central role for the cluster’s theory development.


  • Processing and uptake of theoretical analyses on development of liberalism,
  • Contributing to the development of fundamental theories and concepts of SCRIPTS based on the systematic analysis of all its project outcomes,
  • Developing innovative research questions for analysis relating to the cluster's research units,
  • Exploring innovative research perspectives that bridge the gap between prevailing epistemological and empirical approaches in the social sciences and area studies,
  • Disseminating research results through publications and participating in workshops and conferences,
  • Preparing content, planning, and co-leading of Theory Network’s regular meetings and workshops.


  • Doctoral degree in social sciences or area studies that is related to the framework of SCRIPTS.

Desired qualifications:

  • Excellent expertise in the research subject of the cluster,
  • Proficiency in central theoretical and methodological debates in social sciences and area studies,
  • Knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative methods of empirical social research,
  • Very good command of English,
  • Experience in coordination of scientific working groups.

Salary: E13 on 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  (a two-to-three-page motivation letter including a research plan, curriculum vitae, list of publications, references, and a copy of your doctoral diploma) should be sent to the following e-mail address in the form of one single PDF file by 25 February 2019:

Lisa Burger <lisa.burger [at]>

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH

Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin


*The employment is subject to the availability of funds.

Application deadline

Lisa Burger
lisa.burger [at]

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