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Postdoctoral Fellow at BIGSSS Methods Center

Posted: 2/6/2017 (Employment)

Run jointly by the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) is one of Germany’s leading schools of doctoral training in the social sciences, funded by the European Union (COFUND) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in the Excellence Initiative of the German Government and Federal States. The ba­sis for teaching and research at BIGSSS under the umbrella theme of “Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration” is its emphasis on social science methods. The BIGSSS Methods Center (MC) supports BIGSSS fellows in acquiring the methodological skills they need for the realization of sophisticated empirical research and their PhD projects in particular.

The Methods Center of BIGSSS invites interested candidates to apply for the next possible date as a

Postdoctoral Fellow at BIGSSS Methods Center (m/f)
(Full-time, initially limited until December 31st, 2018)

Job ID JU-17-07

Your responsibilities:

In addition to his or her own research goals, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in methods of empirical social research at different levels of sophistication, with a specific focus on qualitative and/or mixed-methods approaches to social and behavioral science studies. He/she will support the Methods Center Coordinator in tasks related to the organization of BIGSSS methods courses, the provision of methods software tools, and the provision and storage of data used or obtained in doctoral research. In close cooperation with the BIGSSS Methods Center Coordinator, the Department of Psychology and Methods in the Focus Area Diversity at Jacobs University Bremen, and the Methods Center of the SOCIUM at University of Bremen, he/she will develop a service infrastructure of Methods and Data for social sciences research at Bremen.

Your qualifications:

  • PhD degree in a social science discipline represented at BIGSSS;
  • Teaching and research experience in the above-mentioned methods fields;
  • Responsible, self-motivated, able to work independently and in teams;
  • Fluency in English, the language of instruction and communication at BIGSSS; an excellent working knowledge of German is an asset;
  • Successful candidates should be ideally available to begin immediately

Your application:

For further information regarding this position, please contact Prof. Klaus Boehnke, Vice Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), at

Applications should include single PDF attachments containing a letter of motivation, copies of certificates and diplomas, curriculum vitae, a record of teaching, and the names and addresses of two referees.

Please send your application until March 9, 2017, stating the Job ID, your availability and your salary expectations as a pdf document via email to The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Our ambition is to boost young careers, and thus, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from these researchers. Female scholars are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. We are looking for highly motivated, creative and communicative employees with a keen interest in working in an international and dynamic environment. Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer.

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Deadline: 03/09/2017

Location: Jacobs University, Bremen