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Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung gGmbH - Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaf­ten

Das Wis­sen­schafts­zen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­al­for­schung (WZB) betreibt pro­blem­ori­en­tierte Grund­la­gen­for­schung. Unter­sucht wer­den Ent­wick­lun­gen, Pro­bleme und Inno­va­ti­ons­chan­cen moder­ner Gesell­schaf­ten. Die For­schung ist theo­rie­ge­lei­tet, pra­xis­be­zo­gen, oft lang­fris­tig ange­legt und meist inter­na­tio­nal ver­glei­chend.

Two Stu­dent Assist­ants

The WZB Ber­lin Social Sci­ence Cen­ter’s research area Inter­na­tional Polit­ics and Law, Junior Research Group Gov­ernance for Global Health (Head: Prof. Dr. Anna Holz­scheiter), seeks

two Stu­dent Assist­ants

to be employed for a period of 12 months, start­ing 15 August 2017, with pos­sib­il­ity of exten­sion and a weekly work­ing load of 10 hours.

The pos­i­tion is within the research pro­ject COL­LI­SIONS (‘Respond­ing to Norm Col­li­sions: Pro­ced­ural Norms and Inter­face Man­age­ment in Frag­men­ted Areas of Transna­tional Polit­ics’), jointly dir­ec­ted by Prof. Dr. Anna Holz­scheiter (WZB; Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin) and Prof. Dr. Andrea Liese (Uni­versity of Pots­dam). COL­LI­SIONS is part of the DFG Research Group ‘Over­lap­ping Spheres of Author­ity and Inter­face Con­flicts in the Global Order’ ( and, within the WZB, is con­nec­ted to the Junior Research Group ‘Gov­ernance for Global Health’.

The pro­ject COL­LI­SIONS com­pares the emer­gence of norm col­li­sions in six areas of inter­na­tional cooper­a­tion: human traf­fick­ing, drug con­trol, organ trade, pro­tec­tion of refugees, genet­ic­ally mod­i­fied organ­isms, and child labour. It invest­ig­ates the con­di­tions under which norm col­li­sions become mani­fest in inter­na­tional polit­ics and how dif­fer­ent act­ors (state, non-state, inter­gov­ern­mental) respond to such col­li­sions.

Work­ing field:

Sup­port of sci­entific work, includ­ing lit­er­at­ure research and edit­or­ial work; sup­port with con­fer­ence organ­iz­a­tion and pro­ject coordin­a­tion; col­lec­tion and pro­cessing of data on the pro­ject’s six empir­ical case stud­ies


Neces­sary qual­i­fc­a­tions:
  • Advanced Bach­elor’s or early Mas­ter’s stu­dent in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions, Polit­ical Sci­ence, Inter­na­tional Law, Soci­ology, or related dis­cip­lines.
  • Very good aca­demic record
  • Very good skills in research and ana­lysis
  • Exper­i­ence with data col­lec­tion, pro­cessing, and man­age­ment (e.g., in Excel, STATA, R, or SPSS)
  • Sound know­ledge of MS Office applic­a­tions,
  • Excel­lent com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Ger­man, excel­lent com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish,

Desired qual­i­fic­a­tions:
  • Exper­i­ence with qual­it­at­ive meth­ods of social sci­ence (quant­it­at­ive and qual­it­at­ive text ana­lysis; dis­course ana­lysis; eth­no­graphic meth­ods)
  • Exper­i­ence with ref­er­ence man­age­ment soft­ware (e.g., Citavi, End­Note)

What we of­fer:

Salary: In accord­ance with Ger­man civil ser­vice stand­ards (TV Stud II; cur­rently € 11.24/hour).

How to ap­ply:

Dis­abled can­did­ates with equal qual­i­fic­a­tions will be given pref­er­ence.

The WZB expressly invites women, as well as per­sons with migra­tion back­ground, to apply.

Can­did­ates are kindly reques­ted to send their applic­a­tions (let­ter of motiv­a­tion, CV, tran­script of records, cer­ti­fic­ate of uni­versity enrol­ment, and cop­ies of rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates) per e-mail, in the form of one single PDF file, no later than 10 July 2017 to:

Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Ber­lin für Sozi­alforschung gGmbH
Sandrine Frideres,