PhD Researcher at the CRC 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" (Project B08: Transformation of healthcare systems in Central and Eastern Europe)

At the University of Bremen the Collaborative Research Center 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” invites applications for the following academic position

PhD Researcher 
Salary Scale TV-L 13, part-time 65%, start date: as soon as possible.
The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021.
Reference number: A23/18

The position is part of the Collaborative Research Center “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) funded by the German Research Foundation and will be located within the project B08: Transformation of healthcare systems in Central and Eastern Europe

Project Description
The CRC comprises 16 projects and is divided into two sections. Projects in section A mainly rely on macro quantitative techniques to analyse and explain social policy dynamics in a global perspective. In the projects of section B, the mechanisms that link international interdependencies and national determinants to the spread, inclusiveness, and generosity of social policy dynamics are analysed by applying qualitative case study analyses.

The project B08, led by Prof. Dr. Mirella Cacace and Dr. Monika Ewa Kaminska-Visser, describes and explains the transformation of health care systems in Central and Eastern Europe in the post-Soviet era. The main focus is on the role of the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), the OECD, and the EU. In addition to these important vertical interdependencies, the importance of horizontal interdependencies among Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) and relationships with Western European countries are analysed. The project aims to explain why most of the CEEC have implemented a similar health care system while implementing very different health care policies at the instrumental level. Methodologically, the project relies on qualitative research methods, including a comparative cross-case analysis of four case studies.


1) The successful candidate will be directly involved in research activities within the B08 project. The candidate will:

  • Develop a case study on the transformation of the healthcare system in one of the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania), focusing on the internal adaptation processes resulting from vertical and horizontal interdependencies
  • Support the project leaders in the identification, collection, coding and computer-aided qualitative analysis of documents issued by international organizations and the European Union
  • Support the project leaders in the cross-country analysis including the set-up of a comparative framework

2) The successful candidate will prepare – under the supervision of the project leaders - a PhD dissertation thematically related to the B08 project, to be completed by December 31, 2021.


  • M.A. Degree in Public Health/Health Policy/Social Policy/Political Science or equivalent
  • Expertise in qualitative research methods, including expertise/interest in computer-aided qualitative analysis (MAXQDA)
  • Experience of analysis of healthcare systems or health policies would be an advantage
  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in the language of the selected country (Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian; preferably a native speaker)
  • Working knowledge of German preferred (or strong interest and willingness to learn German)

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its diversity policies and offers a family-friendly working environment as well as an international atmosphere.

The University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men and women alike, and therefore strongly encourages women to apply for the positions offered. Applicants with disabilities will be considered preferentially in case of equal qualifications and aptitudes. The University of Bremen explicitly invites individuals with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Mirella Cacace ( or Dr. Monika Ewa Kaminska-Visser (

Applications including a cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates and - if available - a list of publications and any relevant documents confirming your language skills, should be submitted electronically (including up to two PDF files) to: Please quote the reference number. The closing date for applications is May 09, 2018.

SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy

Prof. Dr. Mirella Cacace
Department of Health, Long-Term Care and Pensions

Dr. Monika Ewa Kaminska-Visser
Department of Political Economy of the Welfare State 

Universität Bremen
Mary-Somerville-Strasse 5
28359 Bremen
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen

The cost of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.