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: A21/18

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 B01: Mechanisms of social policy expansion

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 this project, led by Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier and Prof. Dr. Klaus Schlichte, we will develop a theoretical framework for understanding the dynamics of social policy, its implementation and expansion. We seek to identify the causal mechanisms that link social policy to cross-national interdependencies as well as the actions of relevant actors in national political arenas. We distinguish three different types of mechanisms, namely perception and translation mechanisms, cooperation and conflict mechanisms, and collective decision-making mechanisms. This differentiation combined with the empirical results of the projects in section B will enable us to build an empirically based theory on global social policy dynamics.


  • Cooperation in the formation of a theory on global dynamics of social policy
  • Building a toolbox of causal mechanisms
  • Preparation of international workshops and conferences and international publications


  • Completed outstanding Ph.D. in Political Science, Sociology or Modern History (19th and 20th Centuries)
  • Expertise in Global History, International Relations, Social Theory, Comparative Social Policy, Qualitative Methodology or Process Tracing
  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Willingness to participate in joint theoretical work
  • Skills in the administration and organization of international conferences and publication projects
  • 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. Frank Nullmeier ( 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. Frank Nullmeier
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.