Research Group on Wealth and Social Inequality

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne is seeking to appoint a

Postdoctoral Social Scientist in the Field of Private Wealth Research

for a project led by Professor Jens Beckert. The project is funded by the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The starting date for the position is January 1, 2021, or by agreement. More information about the “Wealth in Germany: Structures, Continuities, and Fractures” project can be found on this website.

The successful candidate is expected to have a background in quantitative research, an excellent PhD in Sociology, Political Science, or Economics, a publication record appropriate for an early-career researcher, an outstanding knowledge of quantitative methods and database building, and an excellent command of German and English. Opportunities exist for the holder of the position to work on a habilitation and to teach within the Inter­national Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE).

The position is initially limited to three years in accordance with the German Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act (WissZeitVG), but there is an option to extend by a further three years following a positive mid-term evaluation. Pay and benefits are in accordance with the German public service wage agreement (TVöDBund). The Max Planck Society is committed to improving the opportunities for women in science and explicitly encourages women to apply. We support our employees in achieving work and family life balance. We are also committed to employing more people with disabilities and encourage such applicants to apply.

The closing date for applications is November 1, 2020. Please apply online by going to the Application and Registration form and uploading a two-page statement of your interest in the research topic and in this project specifically, your CV, copies of your certificates, a list of publications, a journal article of your choosing, and the names and addresses of two referees. Please upload the files in a single PDF document.

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Dr. Ursula Trappe

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