The WZB employs approximately 350 people – in research, service and administration – and offers a modern working environment, where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued.

Research at the WZB
Scholars working in various disciplines conduct research at the WZB. In the typically multidisciplinary research teams, experienced and young scholars (doctoral and post-doctoral candidates) work together. The WZB regularly posts job opportunities for research assistants.

The WZB fosters young academics. Learn more here.

Student Work and Internships
Students support the work of WZB research units and thus gain first experience in sociological research and its methods. The WZB regularly posts job opportunities for students.

Internships are also available at the WZB – in research units, as well as in service facilities like the library, press office, or IT-coordination. If interested, contact the respective director.

The WZB is also involved in vocational training and offers positions in professional office communication and office management. In 2010, two additional spots were occupied in the new program in professional market and social research. We also offer apprenticeships in the field of system integration.

Work and Family
The WZB supports its employees in the coordination of work/family obligations. In 2017, the WZB was distinguished again for its family friendliness with the auditberufundfamilie (Work-Family Audit) certificate. Included in the family-friendly measures are flexible working hours, various part-time work models, a parent-child office, as well as childcare during evening events.

Flyer Coordination of work/family obligations (PDF)

Furthermore, the WZB works together with the Family Service to help find dependable caregivers for children or other family members, including in emergency situations (for example during sickness or daycare closing times) among other services.

Foto: David Ausserhofer
Foto: David Ausserhofer

Human resources strategy

EU Commission acknowledges the WZB’s HR Management


Logo Audit Beruf und Familie

Work and family

Since 2010 the audit berufundfamilie (Work-Family Audit) Certificate distinguishes the WZB as a family-friendly employer.