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Pre- and Post-Doc Researchers - Polarization & Inequality

The School of Social Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt seeks to recruit

  • two researchers (post-doctoral) (reference number 26/2019) (German pay scale E13 TV-G-U)
  • one researcher (pre-doctoral) (reference number 27/2019) (German pay scale E13 TV-G-U, 65%-part-time)

for the research project „Polarization and its discontents: does rising economic inequality undermine the foundations of liberal societies? (POLAR)”, which is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Professor Markus Gangl. Employment should begin by April 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter. The initial contract duration will be 2 years; the subsequent contract extension to a maximum of five years is intended for all advertised positions, conditional on satisfactory performance. The terms of the employment contract are governed by applicable German federal and state university law. The job classification and salary level is determined by the collective agreement applicable to the Goethe University.

Candidates are expected to have an excellent academic background (at the Master’s or PhD level, respectively) in quantitative sociology or closely related fields, including demonstrated expertise in advanced techniques of statistical data analysis for longitudinal and multilevel data. Applicants should moreover show specific research interests and expertise in the areas of income inequality (for ref. no. 27), social mobility, or political attitudes (for ref. no. 26). The successful candidates are expected to become an active member in Professor Gangl’s research group, to conduct cross-nationally comparative statistical analyses of household survey data in one of the three project areas jointly with Professor Gangl, and to pursue her/his own professional development in these roles. Prior exposure to international research environments and publications in peer-reviewed journals will be particularly welcome in applications for the postdoc positions. 

Please submit your electronic application (including your full contact details, a cover letter, a description of your research expertise and interests, and your current academic curriculum vitae) in a single pdf file to the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at bewerbungen [at]">dekanat.fb03- bewerbungen [at] by October 31, 2019. Please be sure to mention our reference numbers in your application.

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Goethe University Frankfurt

Further information on the advertised positions may be obtained by contacting Professor Markus Gangl (mgangl [at] directly.