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Two PhD Positions with SOEP at DIW Berlin

The Socio-economic Panel (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin is looking to fill a position, starting 1.10.2019 (or later) as PhD candidate (f/m/div) (65 percent of full-time position).


  • Research assistant in the DFG funded project „ Longitudinal aspects of the interaction  between health and integration of refugees in Germany (LARGE) “, which is conducted at the Socio-economic Panel at the DIW Berlin (PI Hannes Kröger and Jürgen Schupp)  
  • Preparation of longitudinal surveys (SOEP, IAB-BAMF-SOEP refugee survey) with a focus on variables reflecting (mental) health, socio-economic position, family constellations and regional indicators 
  • Cooperation with other research projects at the DIW focusing on (mental) health and within the DFG research unit “Refugee migration to Germany: a magnifying glass for broader public health challenges (PH-LENS)”, which is coordinated by the University of Bielefeld (Oliver Razum) 
  • Presentation of study results at national and international conferences 
  • Writing articles (in English) targeted at international refereed journals in the fields of Sociology, Public Health, Psychology or other related disciplines 

Required Profile

  • A master’s degree of equivalent in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Public Health, Statistics or a related discipline 
  • Advanced experience in data management (with a focus on panel data) as well as strong expertise in statistics and the use of relevant statistical software (R, Stata, Mplus) 
  • Interest and willingness to work interdisciplinary (Sociology, Public Health, Psychology) 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team 
  • Ability to structure and coordinate small sub-projects 
  • Substantive knowledge about one or more of the following subject areas is desirable: migration, health inequalities, regional disparities 
  • A strong interest to learn and develop skills in the area of statistical analyses 
  • Experience in the use of git and/or LaTeX is an advantage 

We Offer

  • The possibility to work in an innovative scientific research project as well as close supervision and integrated teamwork 
  • The possibility to define own foci within the research project 
  • The ambition to publish research results in international scientific journals 

The candidate is expected to pursue a PhD-degree at a structured PhD-program, preferably in Berlin.  

Remuneration is based on EG 13 TVöD. The position is limited for four years. 

We value diversity and welcome all applications, regardless of gender, disability, nationality or ethic or social background. 

In your application, please do NOT mention your age, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, children and do NOT send a picture with your application. 

Please apply online – NOT via e-mail - (CV, letter of motivation, copies of diplomas and potentially letter of recommendations) until 24.09.2019 using the reference SOEP-10-19 using this link: 

Abstract of LARGE 

The main objective of LARGE is to determine how refugees’ health influences and is influenced by the process of social and legal integration, and how these individual-level factors associated with “othering” are complemented and moderated by regional and family context factors in their influence on health. Based on a large-scale representative sample of refugees in Germany, this sub-project of the PH-LENS research unit consists of two work packages that contribute the research unit’s thematic areas. The first work package will investigate the reciprocal relationship between health and integration. The second work package will take refugees’ area of residence and familial structures into  account as important determinants and moderators of their living and health situation. On this basis, the interaction between individual integration, legal status, health and context factors will be estimated, providing additional theoretical and empirical evidence on “contextual (small-area) effects on health” addressed in the PH-LENS project. 

To achieve its own objectives and contribute to the overall work of the research unit, LARGE will have five main lines of cooperation within the research unit. First, it will provide geocoded survey data on housing and neighborhood indicators of refugees to the DEPRIV project for the further development of its regional deprivations index. Second, jointly with ENSURE project, we will evaluate measurement invariance of health measures used in our multipurpose survey of a heterogeneous refugee population. Third, joint analysis of the health situation of mothers and their newborn children will be conducted together with Theda Borde and Matthias David from the PROREF project. Fourth, the NEXUS project and LARGE will develop a harmonized approach to use external variation of regional housing assignments to identify contextual effects. Fifth, the continuing data collection in the IAB-BAMF-SOEP survey allows the integration of questions relevant for the OTHER and TREAT project. 

More information
Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. / German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)

If you have any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Jonat or (if you are applying as student assistant) Ms. Gahrns: bewerbung [at] If you have any questions about the content of the project, please contact Hannes Kröger (hkroeger [at] or Jürgen Schupp (jschupp [at]