Postdoc Position at the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” Project Inequality Barometer

(fulltime, Salary Scale E 13 TV-L)

Reference Number 2024/015. The Cluster invites applications for the postdoctoral position in its project “Inequality Barometer: A Repeated Representative Opinion Survey on Inequality and Social Mobility”, the contract is issued until 12/2025 with a potential prolongation until 2032. In principle, this position can be divided into two part-time positions.

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.

The Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” involves researchers from political science, sociology, economics, linguistics, psychology, law and education studies. The Cluster’s researchers investigate inequality in areas such as education, income and wealth, and participation rights. They study how people perceive these inequalities, how they lead to collective mobilization, and how political actors respond to them.

The cluster-funded project “Inequality Barometer: A Repeated Representative Opinion Survey on Inequality and Social Mobility” studies how subjective perceptions and normative evaluations of inequality and social mobility are formed and how they are related to policy preferences using survey and experimental designs. The successful applicant will be a member of the project team and contribute to its research. Developing an independent research agenda within the project is highly encouraged.

Your Qualifications

    • PhD in the social sciences (e.g. political science, sociology, economics…)
    • Interest in and experience in research on inequality
    • Advanced knowledge of survey methods and survey design
    • Ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a research team
    • Excellent English writing and communication skills
    • Experience and/or willingness to contribute to science communication

Your Offer

    • Participation in a cutting-edge research project
    • The initial employment is at 100 % salary scale E 13 TV-L
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Attractive research environment within the Cluster
    • Access to Research Funds of the Cluster

Your Application

    • A letter of motivation
    • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications
    • Names and contacts of two potential references
    • A paper (or chapter) from the dissertation or a recent publication

Interested candidates may contact the Speaker of the Cluster, Prof. Dr.  Marius R. Busemeyer, for further information,

We look forward to receiving your application (compiled as a single PDF file) by February 21, 2024 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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