Academic collaborator/doctoral student

(part-time 65%, E 13 TV-L)

Reference No: 2021/250. The position’s start date is January 1st, 2022 or as agreed upon. The length of the initial appointment is one year (with the possibility of extending the position’s total length by two additional years, to three years total).

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.

As a part of a project funded by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs (Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, BMI) on discrimination in granting basic social security benefits according to SGB II (Unemployment Benefit II), a project position (65%, E 13 TVL) is available at the University of Konstanz for three years. The project is part of the research network "Racism as a threat to social cohesion in the context of selected social-institutional areas", which is coordinated by the Research Institute for Social Cohesion (Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammehalt, FGZ). It is possible to pursue a doctorate within the framework of the "Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences" at the University of Konstanz. Applicants who are interested in the position should ideally have the following profile and be willing to take on the following responsibilities:

Your responsibilities

  • Content analysis of decisions by public authorities regarding applications and appeals in the area of basic social security benefits according to SGB II (Unemployment Benefit II)
  • Collaboration in the statistical evaluation and writing of articles in the area of political economy
  • Conducting survey experiments in selected German job centres
  • Preparation of a doctoral thesis linked to the project

Your competencies

  • Master's degree in a relevant social science subject, such as political science, economics, sociology or public administration
  • Interest in research on administrative decision-making
  • Advanced knowledge of quantitative methods, especially computer-based text analysis and/or survey experiments
  • Ability to write in and speak both German and English. Additionally, advanced knowledge of another project-relevant language is desirable

We offer

  • Admission to a motivated, diverse and internationally oriented research team
  • Collaboration in a Germany-wide project network
  • Basic research on a politically and socially highly relevant issue
  • The possibility of an actively supervised doctorate at a leading research university
  • Work and live in Konstanz, an environment with many leisure opportunities and high recreational value

For further information, please contact the project leaders, Prof. Dr. Gerald Schneider, and Jun.-Prof. Jan Vogler, PhD,

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents until October 31, 2021 via our Online Application Portal.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme ( Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).



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