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Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d) in Sociology
University of Konstanz
Postdoctoral Position in Sociology (f/m/d)
(full-time, Salary Scale E 13 TV-L)
Job Reference No. 2021/110. The start date is October 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The
position is offered for 2.5 years.
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.
Are you interested in studying the impact of the COVID-19-crisis on gender inequality in comparative perspective?
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a keen interest in studying gender inequality as impacted by the COVID-19
pandemic. The successful candidate will join the international research project “COVID-19 Policies for Gender Equality” (CoPE) as part of the Cluster
of Excellence ‘The Politics of Inequality’ at the University of Konstanz. The main task will be to harmonize and analyze four national panel datasets
from the countries under study (Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands). The harmonization of these datasets will allow the team to study how the
pandemic has impacted gender inequalities in behaviour within households (such as in the division of housework and childcare) as well as individual
well-being in four different institutional and cultural contexts. You are expected to be highly skilled in a range of quantitative methods for hierarchical
data, such as fixed and random effects and/or multilevel modelling. In an additional part of the project, the team will conduct expert interviews with
policymakers in all four countries to study country differences in family policy responses to the pandemic. The successful candidate will be involved
in helping the team arrange and prepare these interviews. No specific qualitative experience is required, but having some qualitative interviewing
experience is advantageous. Throughout the project, you will have opportunities to collaborate with the international senior researchers involved in
CoPE while also developing scientific independence.
Set up and harmonize existing panel data
from four countries
Conduct multivariate comparative analyses
with panel data
Communicate with team members,
organize regular team meetings
Assist in arranging and preparing expert
Contribute to project-related publications
(both scientific and professional)
Present project results at (inter-)national
Participate actively in the Cluster of
PhD in sociology or related subject of
social sciences (preferably completed or
at least close to be completed)
Very good skills in quantitative methods for
empirical social science research, esp.
longitudinal panel analysis
Highly proficient statistical computer
program skills (esp. Stata/R)
Highly proficient in English. Proficiency in
German is an asset but is not required
Qualitative interview experience - desirable
Ability to work both independently and in a
An open and motivated international and
interdisciplinary research team
A dynamic research environment in
Konstanz with broad expertise on gender
inequality and social policy
Institutional support from the Cluster of
Excellence ‘The Politics of Inequality’ for
your career development
A vibrant international and interdisciplinary
Opportunities for cost-free additional
training in research methods and other
academic skills, and funding for
The opportunity for short research visits
at our partners’ institutions in the
Netherlands, Finland and Italy
We look forward to receiving your application (motivation letter, CV, certificates) by 06 June 2021 via our Online Application Portal.
In principle, this position can be divided into two part-time positions. 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 (https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/equalopportunities/family/dual-career/). Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply.
They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).