Doctoral Position in Public Administration / Public Policy with a focus on public sector corruption

(part-time 50 %, E 13 TV-L)

Reference No.: 2024/047. The start date is June 1st, 2024. The position is available initially for four years with option to extend. Until January 2025 the working hours can be increased to 65 %. Increases of working hours after January 2025 are intended, contingent on successful acquisition of third-party funding by the head of the working group of Public Administration.

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 doctoral position is situated at the chair of Public Administration at the intersection of public policy and public administration. The successful candidate will conduct their own paper-based PhD research project on a research question of their choice that relates to the research project “COVICORR: Comparing mask scandals in 27 European Union member states”, see At least one PhD paper should make use of the data collected in the COVICORR project. The working languages are English and/or German. Your application should include an outline of your planned PhD project, which will consist of three papers in English language related to the topic of public sector corruption, of no more than three pages excluding references.

Your Responsibilities

    • Conducting a paper-based PhD research project related to the COVICORR project
    • Writing research publications independently and in collaboration with the chair
    • Teaching and student supervision (2-2.6 SWS), possible in English language
    • Support in organizational matters of the chair

Your Competencies

    • An excellent MA or equivalent in Political Science, Public Administration or adjacent fields
    • Strong written and oral English language skills
    • Strong analytical and research skills and interests
    • The motivation and ability for independent and structured working and problem-solving
    • The interpersonal and communication skills and motivation to constructively engage in teamwork and university teaching

We Offer

Questions can be directed to the chair, Eva Thomann via e-mail:

We look forward to receiving your application with your motivation letter (maximum 2 pages), CV (maximum 5 pages), project outline in English language (maximum 3 pages) and official transcripts of BA and MA certificates as one PDF file until 30.04.2024 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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