Department of Political and Social Sciences – Institute of Sociology – Department of Sociology with a focus on Gender Studies
2 Postdoctoral Research Associates (m/f/d)
full-time-job, limited to 30.06.2025, Payment group 13 TV-L FU Reference code: GENDER-PostDoc-DMV
The Einstein Foundation funds two postdoctoral researcher positions in several research projects on comparative gendered change in institutions in the team of Prof. Dr. Kathrin Zippel, Einstein Strategic Professor of Sociology with focus on Gender Studies in the Institute for Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. Knowledge economies have been undergoing transformations through economic, social, political, technological, pandemic-related, and other global processes. Academia is considered as a site for contestation over the production of gendered knowledge and over ideas on the promotion of equality and diversity. One of the projects examines how globalization (re-) configures gender inequalities and diversity by focusing on opportunities but also barriers to academic mobility. We will analyze how intersectionality and gender matter in discourses on internationalization, the networks among scientific organizations and the flows of academics and their experiences between, within, and beyond North America and European contexts. Another project focuses on the diffusion of ideas in discourses on gender and science including comparing policy reports in several English-speaking countries, the UN and the EU. The goal is to examine how demands for equality create tensions across institutions, countries, and regions of the world. The projects will use mixed-methods approaches, including qualitative interviews with and documents from stakeholders and policy makers etc. Computational text analysis methods will allow us to analyze gendered debates, identify the potentially gendered network structures among institutions and actors and trace the diffusion of ideas.
Working with Prof. Dr. Zippel and the team on ongoing research projects;
Designing and implementing mixed-methods analysis;
Publishing empirically grounded research together with Prof. Dr. Zippel and other team members, preferably in international, peer-reviewed journals;
Collaborating in designing and drafting project proposals for future funding.
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A doctoral degree in sociology or a related social science discipline (including e. g. political science, education, etc.), data science, network science or related fields prior to the start date
Knowledge or interest in one or more of the following (interdisciplinary) research areas: gender (equity), intersectionality, diversity, STEM fields, higher education, science of science, the diffusion of ideas, organizations, political sociology, and globalization
Profound knowledge and experience of quantitative methods and computational social sciences
Proficiency with a programming language (preferably Stata, R, Python, Julia, or Go)
Proficiency with or willingness to learn qualitative data collection and analysis (interviews and texts with NVIVO and / or Atlas.ti)
Experience with or interest in mixed methods approaches
Ability to write and publish in social science journals
Ability or interest in compiling reports for non-academic audiences and media outlets
Ability to design and write research grant proposals
Excellent command of written and spoken English, preferably also another language
Ability to work independently and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
Strong organizational and communication skills
For more information about the requirement: Prof. Dr. Kathrin Zippel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications with meaningful documents (for example, CV, list of publications, letter of motivation, writing sample, copies of relevant certificates, and three names of reference who we may contact later) should be sent with the reference code in English or German (preferably in one combined pdf document) electronically via e-mail no later than August 15th, 2022 to Prof. Dr. Kathrin Zippel (email@example.com).
For further information, please contact Frau Antonia Hausen (firstname.lastname@example.org / 03083857651).
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology
Department of Sociology with a focus on Gender Studies
Frau Prof. Dr. Kathrin Zippel
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)
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