PhD Researcher

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

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: A30/18

The position is part of the Collaborative Research Centre "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) funded by the German Research Foundation and will be located within the project B06: External reform models and internal debates on the new conceptualization of social policy in the post-Soviet region

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 B06, led by Prof Heiko Pleines, the impact of reform models coming from the OECD world, most prominently from the IMF and the World Bank, on reform debates and actual policy making will be examined for two policy fields in three countries (Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine). The project employs a multi-method approach based on content analysis complemented with expert interviews, public opinion polls, descriptive statistics and document analysis/desktop research.

Within the project team, consisting of four academic researchers, the PhD researcher will be responsible for the policy field of poverty reduction. This includes independent realisation of the full multi-method empirical research for the three case studies, leading by the end of the project to a successfully defended PhD thesis plus (co-authored) articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and policy briefs.


  • M.A. Degree in social sciences (preferably with a focus on social policy, international relations and/or post-Soviet area studies)
  • Near native command of Russian (for content analysis), knowledge of Ukrainian or Kazakh a plus
  • Excellent command of academic English
  • Working knowledge of German preferred (or strong interest and willingness to learn German)
  • Knowledge of poverty reduction policies, of the policy-making context in the case countries and of global governance approaches (esp. in relation to international organisations)
  • Expertise in content analysis, expert interviews and qualitative case study research

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 Heiko Pleines (
Applications including a cover letter, CV, a brief outline of a PhD proposal (max. 5 pages) and scans of degree certificates, should be submitted by February 20th, 2018 to:

Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines
Head of the Dept. of Politics and Economics
Research Centre for East European Studies
[Forschungsstelle Osteuropa]
University of Bremen
Klagenfurter Str. 8
28359 Bremen
or by Email (including up to two PDF files; reference number) to:

The costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.