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 -

PhD Researcher
Salary Scale TV-L 13, part-time 65%: as soon as possible.
The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021.
Reference number: A18/18

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 A06: Development and diffusion of family policy in global perspective

Project Description
The CRC comprises 15 projects and is divided into two sections. Projects in section A mainly rely on macro quantitative techniques to analyze 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 analyzed by applying qualitative case study analyses.

In project A06, led by Prof. Dr. Johannes Huinink and Prof. Sonja Drobni?, PhD, the focus is on family policy. All social and economic policies affect families; however, this project addresses explicit family policies with which states have regulated some aspects of family life in many countries around the world. We will identify typical profiles of family policies that have emerged under various political, economic, social, and demographic constellations. Specifically, the diffusion and proliferation of family policies will be analyzed from a two-fold perspective: first, we will explore the role of horizontal interrelationships and cross-national interdependencies, and second, investigate the importance of International Organizations (IO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) in these processes.


  • Contribute to the inventory-taking of the dynamics of family policies around the world
  • Examine the profiles of family policy dynamics
  • Investigate the activities of IOs and NGOs in the area of national family policies
  • Assess the relevance of the activities of IOs and NGOs for the dissemination of family policies

The successful candidate will prepare a PhD dissertation thematically related to the project, to be completed by December 31, 2021.


  • MA Degree in Sociology, Political Science or neighboring disciplines
  • Strong background in empirical research and quantitative research methods
  • Experience with STATA, SPSS or similar statistical packages
  • Very good command of English, proficiency in other languages is an advantage
  • Interest in and experience with social network analysis is an advantage
  • Expertise in data collection and in-depth knowledge of international organizations is an advantage
  • Expertise in methods of documentary analysis is an advantage
  • 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. Johannes Huinink ( or Prof. Dr. Sonja Drobnič (
Applications including a cover letter, CV, and copies of degree certificates should be submitted by February 20th, 2018 to:

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

The costs of application and interview cannot be reimbursed.