Post-Doctoral 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 -

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Salary Scale TV-L 13 (100%), start date: as soon as possible.
The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021
Reference Number: A13/18

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 B07: Transnational service provision in long term care between Western and Eastern Europe

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 B07 "Transnational service provision in long term care between Western and Eastern Europe" led by Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall and Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang, long-term care systems as a very recent trend in advanced democracies and provision of care by female labour migrants are investigated. We analyse the consequences of the migration of female caregivers for social policies in the countries of destination in their dependence on different welfare state regimes (in Germany, Italy and Sweden). We also investigate the effects of "care drain" on the social policy dynamics in the countries of origin of the migrants in their dependence on different levels of economic prosperity and status of EU integration (in Poland, Romania, Ukraine).


  • Case study on Germany comprising description and explanation of variance in provision of long term care and role of migrant care workers taking into account migration, labour market and training policies in the country of destination
  • Case study on one of the source countries (Poland, Ukraine, Romania) on the explanation of care migration
  • Development of expertise on social policy and care 'drain effects' for one of the three countries of origins of migrant care workers
  • Comparative analysis of role of migration regimes for persistence/change of country specific long term care policies and care service organization


  • Excellent PhD in sociology, political science or other related social sciences.
  • In-depth knowledge of comparative welfare state and/or labour market research, migration studies and gender
  • Expertise in qualitative and quantitative empirical research and comparative case study designs. Expertise in mixed methods designs welcome.
  • Proficiency of English (oral and written) and one more language (Italian, Swedish, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian or Russian),
  • Working knowledge of German preferred (or strong interest and willingness to learn German)
  • Ability and willingness to take a lead position in the research team and to do research abroad

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. Gottschall (
Applications including a cover letter, CV, publication list, copies of degree certificates, should be submitted by February 20th, 2018 to

SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy 
Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen
or by Email (including up to two PDF files; reference number) to:

The costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.