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Post-Doctoral Researcher (f/m) Working Group "Global Social Policy"
University of Bremen
The Working Group "Global Social Policy"
(Head: Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt) at the SOCIUM – Research
Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of
Bremen seeks to employ – under the condition of job release –
Salary level 13 TV-L (100%)
Reference number A 330/17
The position is limited to 31. March 2023, ideally starting April
1, 2018, subject to the release of the necessary resources
within an ERC Starting Grant.
The position will be located within the project "The Legacy of
Colonialism: Origins and Outcomes of Social Protection"
(short: COLSOC) led by Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt and funded
through an ERC Starting Grant for a duration of five years.
The project seeks to systematically analyze how colonialism
shaped the remarkable differences in early social protection
and its contemporary outcomes in terms of inclusiveness
and generosity across the post-colonial world. The
‘Comparative Social Protection Dataset (CSPD)‘ constitutes
a core pillar of the project. It will provide novel information on
the development and outcomes of social protection, as well
as central characteristics of colonized territories and respective
imperial strategies for 70 former British and French colonies
from the beginning of the 20th century until the present day.
Additionally, four case studies of former British and French
colonies will be conducted facilitating the identification and
tracing of the causal mechanisms between the colonial legacy
and social policies.
The post-doctoral researcher will be largely responsible for
the construction and development of the ‘Comparative Social
Protection Dataset (CSPD)‘ and will conduct quantitative
analyses jointly with the principal investigator. The post-doc
will further be expected to conduct project-related research
independently but also in cooperation with the principal
investigator. The project will be supported by doctoral
researchers as well as student assistants. A travel budget is
Completed Ph.D. degree in political science or a related
Indepth knowledge in comparative social policy
Knowledge of and experience with quantitative research
and quantitative analyses (ideally demonstrated in the
Ph.D. thesis or publications)
Expertise in quantitative methods
Expertise in compiling largescale databases
Programming skills in STATA, Python or R
Excellent writing and communication skills in English
Interest in interdisciplinary work and in historically oriented
Good organizational skills as well as the willingness and
capacity for teamwork
The University of Bremen has received a number of awards
for its diversity policies and offers a family-friendly working
environment as well as an international atmosphere.
The University is committed to a policy of providing equal
employment opportunities for both men and women alike
and therefore encourages particularly women to apply for the
position offered. Persons with disabilities will be considered
preferentially in case of equal qualifications and aptitudes.
The University of Bremen explicitly invites persons with
migration background to apply.
If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact
Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt
Applications including a cover letter, CV, publication list,
copies of degree certificates and letters of recommendation
(or names of two references) should be submitted until 2018,
January 31st to:
Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
SOCIUM Research Center on
Inequality and Social Policy
Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt
Postfach / postbox 33 04 40
or by Email: email@example.com
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