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1 x 65% PhD Researcher

At the University of Bremen Faculty 8 (Social Sciences), Political Science, the group of Prof. Susanne K. Schmidt 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.
Reference number: A26/19

The position is fixed term for three years and part of the project: “Rebalancing the Enlarged Single Market (RESiM)” that is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian FWF, and conducted in cooperation with the University of Salzburg (Prof. Dr. Michael Blauberger).

Project Description:

With Eastern enlargement, the socio-economic heterogeneity within the European Union increased significantly. Labour migration has become a highly salient political issue within the EU. In the UK, the criticism of intra-EU mobility was central for the decision to leave the EU.
In this project we analyse the social rebalancing in the enlarged single market by considering three forms of atypical labour migration: marginal employment, solo self-employment and posted work. Focusing on three old (Germany, France, Austria), and two new member states (Poland, Slovenia), the project studies which kind of new social compromise are established and where its challenges lie.
We go beyond existing EU legislative and transposition studies by examining the interactions of the three branches of power at the EU and domestic levels. Are political compromises on social rebalancing challenged judicially? How well versed are member state administrations to control social dumping through atypical work, and how do different economic actors position themselves in between social protection and the EU’s economic freedoms? The comparison among different forms of atypical work and different member states promises to provide important guidelines for the successful rebalancing of the enlarged single market.

Your responsibilities:

  • Independent work on a dissertation in the context of the project. Participation in the course programme of the doctoral school BIGSSS is possible.
  • Research support for other members of the team. Close collaboration for interviews and data collection with the postdoctoral position in Salzburg and the two project leaders.


  • M.A. Degree in Political Science, or related.
  • Expertise in policy analysis, qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
  • Language requirements: English and one Eastern European language (in particular: Polish or Slovenian). Working knowledge of German desirable.
  • Desirable: Interest in European integration; some knowledge of European law.

Please address queries to:

Prof. Dr. Susanne K. Schmidt
Tel.: + 49 421 218 67484
Email: skschmidtprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

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.

Applications including a cover letter explaining your motivation, CV, copies of degree certificates, should be submitted with the reference number A26/19 to:

Universität Bremen
Fachbereich 8/Sozialwissenschaften
Frau Moriske
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen
or via mail with a PDF (up to two files): fb08.bewerbungprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Unfortunately, the costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.


Created on 10.04.19 by Alexandra Gutherz