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: A14/18

The position is part of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) funded by the German Research Foundation and will be located within the project A02: Welfare state formation in global perspective: Determinants of social security legislation

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 A02, led by Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger, Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt and Dr. Laura Seelkopf, the determinants of social security legislation across the world are analysed from the beginning of the modern welfare state in Western Europe and the British settler colonies to the present day. It is argued that the introduction of social security has not only been shaped by political and socio-economic factors within a country but also by economic, political, and cultural relations with other countries and membership in International Organizations. The project relies on quantitative techniques for analysing the interplay between national and international determinants of social policy legislation in a global perspective.

The post-doctoral researcher will be largely responsible for the coordination and compilation of a data set on social security legislation across the world, and will conduct quantitative analyses jointly with the principal investigators. The post-doc will further be expected to conduct project-related research independently but also in co-operation with the principal investigators. The project will be supported by doctoral researchers as well as student assistants.


  • Completed Ph.D. degree in political science, or a related discipline
  • In-depth knowledge in comparative social policy
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative research (ideally demonstrated in a Doctoral thesis or publications)
  • Expertise in quantitative methods
  • Expertise in compiling large-scale databases
  • Programming skills in STATA, Python or R
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work and in historically oriented political science
  • Good organizational skills as well as the willingness and capacity for teamwork
  • 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. Herbert Obinger ( or Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt (
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. Herbert Obinger / Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt
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.