2 x PhD Researcher

At the University of Bremen the Collaborative Research Center 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" invites applications for the following academic position - under the condition of job release -

2 x 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: A12/18

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 A05: The global development, diffusion and transformation of education systems

Project Description 
The CRC comprises 15 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.

In project A05, led by Prof. Dr. Kerstin Martens and Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio, the global diffusion of state-organized education systems and their transformation will be analysed since its historical origins. This will be done by collecting event and network data (introduction of state regulation of compulsory school attendance, state funding of the education system, etc.). In addition, the extent of the vertical interdependence with the international organizations (IOs) will be investigated.

Social scientists with thorough quantitative methodological expertise and knowledge in the field of network analysis and educational policy/sociology are jointly responsible for data collection, econometric and spatial analyses of global education data and analysis of network diffusion. They closely collaborate in the creation of the data set, support in coding data and collection and analysis of appropriate documents.
The successful candidate will prepare a PhD dissertation thematically related to the project, to be completed by December 31, 2021.


  • M.A. Degree in Sociology, Political Science or Economics, or similar
  • In-depth knowledge of quantitative methods, in particular advanced regression analysis. Profound knowledge in social network analysis and/or spatial econometrics is desirable.
  • Candidates should be familiar with research on world cultures and theories on diffusion, e.g. neo-institutionalism
  • Candidates should be interested in education policy and education systems
  • 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. Michael Windzio (mwindzio@uni-bremen.de)
Applications including a cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates, should be submitted by February 20th, 2018

SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy 
Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Martens
Postfach 33 04 40
UNICOM, Mary-Somerville-Straße 9 (Haus Salzburg) R 2240
28334 Bremen
or by Email (including up to two PDF files; reference number) to: stieglit@uni-bremen.de

The costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.