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Researcher (m/f/d) in the Research Group 'Spatial Mobility and Internal Migration' (position for doctoral candidate)


The Federal Institute for Population Research is seeking a Research Associate (m/f/d) (doctoral candidate) for a four-year position in the research group "Spatial Mobility and Internal Migration" in the research area "Migration and Mobility". The focus of the work is on research into the structural causes of mobility (e.g. regional disparities) as well as the individual consequences in relation to other areas of life such as work, family, well-being/health or social integration (e.g. reconciliation of family and work or voluntary work). In detail, the following tasks are to be carried out in cooperation with other members of the research group:

  • Planning and conducting empirical studies based on secondary data on spatial mobility (such as commuting or moving) over the life course in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
  • Analyses of relevant data sets (e.g. SOEP, SIAB, Microcensus) on the structural causes and individual consequences of spatial mobility
  • Publication in national and international journals
  • Presentation of research results at national and international conferences

For further information, please contact PD Dr. Rüger (Tel.: 0611/75-4688).



  • A Master's degree or equivalent (e.g. Magister/Dipl.-Uni) in the social and economic sciences, preferably in demography, sociology, geography, economics, psychology, health or political science
  • Good knowledge of population and life course research
  • Content-related knowledge of spatial mobility or migration research is an advantage
  • Good knowledge and experience with quantitative empirical research methods and data analysis software such as Stata, SAS or R  
  • Knowledge and experience with longitudinal analysis methods is desirable
  • Experience in writing scientific publications in English is an advantage
  • Very good written and oral communication skills and a strong ability to present complex issues in a comprehensible way
  • Very good written and spoken English
  • Solution-oriented approach
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Gender competence



The Federal Institute for Population Research promotes gender equality and is therefore particularly interested in applications from women. The Federal Institute for Population Research supports the reconciliation of family and career by offering flexible part-time models within the scope of its official possibilities. We are also pleased to hear from applicants of all nationalities. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified; only a minimum level of physical fitness is required of them. 

The employment contract is limited to 48 months on the basis of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz. limited. The assignment is with the aim of obtaining a doctorate at a university of your choice. of your choice.  

As part of the interview, an approx. five-minute presentation (without a
Power Point presentation) on the topic "The effects of spatial mobility on family and work family and career" (in case of insufficient knowledge of German, this presentation can be given in English language).

Information about the Federal Institute for Population Research is available at

If you have a foreign university degree, please submit the statement of by the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, ZAB); for further For further information, please visit our website at

Please send your application with relevant documents, quoting the reference number 085/2021, preferably by e-mail in a PDF file to:, or submit them in writing. Due to the administrative cooperation with the Federal Statistical Office, written applications should be sent to the address below.


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Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung