Postdoctoral Position at the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality” 

(fulltime, Salary Scale E13 TV-L)

Reference No. 2019/264. The Cluster invites applications for the postdoctoral position in its project “Political elites and inequality: Information, heuristics and policy”. The position is to be filled as of January 1, 2020 for initially four years with possible extension. In principle, this position can be divided into two part-time positions.

The University of Konstanz has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and Excellence Strategy since 2007.

“The Politics of Inequality” is a Cluster of Excellence at the University of Konstanz within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments. The cluster-funded project “Political elites and inequality: Information, heuristics and policy” studies how political elites acquire and process information about inequality and redistributive policies using survey and experimental designs. The interdisciplinary project team consists of Prof. Dr. Christian Breunig (political science), Prof. Dr. Friedrich Breyer (Economics), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaissmaier (Psychology), and Prof. Dr. Guido Schwerdt (Economics).

The successful applicant will be a member of the project team and contributes to its research activities. Developing an independent research agenda within the project is highly encouraged. Applications are open to excellent postdoctoral researchers in the fields of Political Science, Economics, or Psychology (minimum requirement: doctoral thesis submitted) with a keen interest in the project’s research goals. An in-depth understanding of survey methods and experimental design is expected.

Application documents
– A letter of motivation.
– A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications.
– A certification of a completed doctoral degree or submitted thesis (the latter to be issued by the main doctoral advisor).
– names of two potential referees for us to contact.

Please arrange your application documents into a single PDF file to submit your application via our Online Application Portal. The deadline for application is: 5 November 2019, 12:00 pm CET. For further information, please contact Christian Breunig: For more information on the Cluster, please visit:

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. To find out how the University of Konstanz supports working couples through its dual career programme, please visit: 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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