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%, start date: as soon as possible.
The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021
Reference number: A25/18

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: B03: International complementarities in the development of the welfare state: The transatlantic sphere (1870-2020)

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.

The project B03, led by Prof. Dr. Philip Manow and Dr. Sarah Berens, analyses the development of national social policies in North America, Western Europe and Latin America against the background of ever-increasing transatlantic economic interdependencies. The main research question is: Have the economic relationships between Latin America, North America and Western Europe led to complementary welfare states and political economies and which actor coalitions have shaped this development? We focus historically on parties, and for more recent periods on the electorates, to examine how economic cross-national interdependencies have been translated via political processes into different social policy profiles.

The aim for the doctoral (PhD) student is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within the project B03 and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis, which is based on the theoretical and analytical scope of the project. The doctoral (PhD) student will conduct archival research in Argentina and Mexico in order to compile a dataset of historical parliamentary roll call votes. The thesis should build on this data, studying roll call votes with the use of quantitative methods. The fieldwork in each country can take up to 10 weeks and is funded through the project.

The successful applicant is expected to hold an excellent Masters degree in political science, economics or social science, have profound knowledge in quantitative research methods, and very good English and Spanish skills. A 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. Philip Manow (
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. Philip Manow
Mary-Somerville Str. 5
28359 Bremen
or by Email (including up to two PDF files; reference number) to:

The costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.