Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/div)


The Centre for East European and International Studies – research cluster ‘Political economy and integration’ – is seeking to fill the position of

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/div)

The position is available from February 2025 but a later start date is possible. The position is offered for a period of 3 years, with a possibility of renewal based on an evaluation. We will also consider applicants who can take a three-year leave from their home institutions. The salary is based on the E13 salary scale of the collective agreement for the civil service (TVöD).

The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute. We focus on social science research on Eastern Europe and combine first-hand multi-method data collection with theory-led data analysis and a commitment to communicating research beyond the academic realm.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A completed PhD in economics, development studies, sociology (with a focus on economic sociology) or political science (with a focus on comparative or international political economy)
  • Strong skills in quantitative social science research and data collection methods (e.g. statistical analysis or survey methodology), additional knowledge of qualitative methods is an asset
  • A concrete project idea that focuses on Russia’s economic development and economic policy-making
  • Additional research interests in the changing dynamics of Eurasian regionalism in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine and/or Russia-China economic relations are an asset
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Russian; additional proficiency in a language spoken in the research region is an asset
  • Publication(s) in international journals with peer-review is an asset
  • Interest in working in a team and in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Commitment to communicating research findings beyond the academic realm, in particular to policymakers and the wider public
  • Willingness to participate in the academic self-administration of the institute

We offer:

An exciting and multi-faceted position in a family-friendly research institute that works across academic disciplines. The position also includes the option of a company pension scheme (VBL).

We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, social origin, religion/belief, disability, age and sexual orientation and identity. Applications from women and applicants with a migration background are strongly encouraged. Applicants with recognised disabilities will be considered with priority if they are equally suited to the position.

Applications (in English) should include:

  • Cover letter explaining the candidate’s scholarly career, prior experience and skills relevant to the position (max 2 pages);
  • CV including a list of publications;
  • Description of a project to be pursued at ZOiS (max 4 pages including a short list of key references);
  • One writing sample (article- or chapter-length);
  • Relevant certificates/transcripts;
  • Two references to be sent directly by referees to postdoc2024(at)zois-berlin(dot)de with the reference postdoc_2024+name of the candidate

Please send your application in one file (max. 6 MB) solely by email to postdoc2024(at)zois-berlin(dot)de by 25 September 2024, making sure to give postdoc_2024 as the reference.

For further information, please contact Emily Kleine via e-mail: postdoc2024(at)zois-berlin(dot)de