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Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy

Classifications E 13 - part-time 65%
Reference number: A204-24
Closing date: 07/22/2024
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At the University of Bremen, the SOCIUM - Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, the working group of Prof. Dr. Schulz is offering a position, starting as soon as possible, as a

Doctoral researcher (f/m/d)
Salary group 13 TV-L (65%)

for a duration of 3 years.

The time limitation is based on § 2 (1) WissZeitVG (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, i.e. temporary science employment act). Therefore, candidates may only be considered who dispose of the respective scope of qualification periods according to § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

Job description

The position will be within the department “Life Course, Life Course Policy and Social Integration” of the SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, in the working group “Social Inequality and Social Structure Analysis” headed by Prof. Dr. Wiebke Schulz. The working group focuses on issues related to dynamics of inequality in life course trajectories of men and women, in particular regarding educational and occupational outcomes. Another important focus is the intergenerational reproduction of inequalities, e.g. how the family of origin shapes the early and later life inequalities in e.g. abilities, educational and occupational attainment.


  • The successful candidate will participate in ongoing research projects related to one of the following topics: educational and occupational inequalities, interrelations between work and family
  • The successful candidate is expected to pursue a dissertation.
  • Teaching (3 hours of teaching/ 3 SWS) in English or German.

What we offer:

  • Excellent conditions for developing an independent research program
  • Integration into the SOCIUM - Research Center on Social Inequality and Social Policy
  • Financial support for conferences and independent research activities
  • A highly motivated, dedicated, and supportive team
  • Excellent working conditions in a leading research-oriented and international institute with a constructive and cooperative research environment
  • The opportunity for affiliation with the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. (


  • Excellent academic background; a Master’s degree in Sociology or neighboring fields
  • Interest in one of the following research fields is expected: stratification, life course, family and quantitative methods
  • Very good quantitative methods skills or methods of computational social sciences
  • Very good English language skills are required
  • The ability to teach German or the willingness to acquire this ability within one year.

General Information

Open to unconventional approaches in research and teaching, the University of Bremen has retained its character as a place of short distances for people and ideas since its founding in 1971. With a broad range of subjects, we combine exceptional performance and innovative potential. As an ambitious research university, we stand for research-based learning approaches and a pronounced interdisciplinary orientation. We actively pursue international scientific cooperation in a spirit of global partnership.

Today, around 23,000 people learn, teach, research and work on our international campus. In research and teaching, administration and operations, we are firmly committed to the goals of sustainability, climate justice and climate neutrality. Our Bremen spirit is expressed in the courage to dare new things, in supportive cooperation, in respect and appreciation for each other. With our study and research profile and as part of the European YUFE network, we assume social responsibility in the region, in Europe and in the world.

For inquiries, please feel free to contact Professor Dr. Schulz (wschulzprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de).

The University of Bremen is family-friendly and diverse and regards itself as an international university. We, therefore, welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, and identity.

The University of Bremen has been permanently awarded the "audit familiengerechte hochschule" (family-friendly university audit) for its measures to promote family equality and offers its employees various measures to promote the compatibility of career and family.

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female researchers, women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Disabled applicants will be given priority if their professional and personal qualifications are essentially the same.

Application materials should include a Curriculum Vitae; a 1-2 page Cover Letter indicating why the candidate is interested in the position, why they think they are a good fit, what research skills they have, and an indication of what they might like to pursue as a dissertation topic; and a copy of the Master's Degree or a note indicating completion plans.

Applications should be submitted as one combined Adobe pdf document with the reference number A204-24 and no later than July 22nd 2024 to edda.boehningprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

or by mail to

Universität Bremen
SOCIUM - Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik,
Frau Edda Böhning
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen, Germany

We kindly ask you to send us only copies (no portfolios) of your application documents, as we cannot return them. They will be destroyed after the selection process has been completed.

Any application costs cannot be reimbursed.