Full-time Postdoctoral Researcher

The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) seeks to appoint

a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher for 33 months starting on 1 March 2019

within the ORA-funded project “Determinants of Mobilisation at Home and Abroad: Analysing the Micro-Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest” (MOBILISE)


  • A completed doctorate in the social sciences (e.g. political science, sociology, media/communication)
  • Experience in social media analysis and quantitative data analysis (e.g. survey research)
  • A research record on Eastern Europe or at least an interest in engaging in research on the region
  • Ability to coordinate the implementation of parts of the project
  • Polish or Ukrainian language knowledge desirable, but not essential

ZOiS is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute based in Berlin. It was set up in October 2016 and is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. It focuses on medium-term politically relevant research on Eastern Europe in an international context. The working languages at ZOiS are German and English. It is not essential to speak German.

The MOBILISE project aims to analyse the interrelationship between migration and protests. The country cases are Ukraine, Poland, Morocco and Brazil, all of which have recently witnessed large-scale emigration and protests. The project follows migrants from these countries to Germany, the UK and Spain. The multi-method project combines survey research, focus groups and social media analysis. MOBILISE  is funded under the Open Research Area (ORA) and links up researchers from ZOiS, the University of Manchester, the University of Oxford, the University Paris Saclay and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The successful applicant will work primarily with the PI Prof. Gwendolyn Sasse at ZOiS.

The Postdoctoral Researcher position is available from 1 March 2019. We will also consider applicants who can take a leave from their home institutions. The salary will be determined in accordance with the guidelines of the German Research Foundation (DFG). ZOiS is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

Applications including a CV, a description of how the applicant’s research interests and background fit the project, and a sample publication (article- or chapter-length) should be sent in one file (max. 10 MB) to bewerbung(at)zois-berlin(dot)de by 2 January 2019. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent separately to the same address by the closing date. Please put the job reference number ORA 01/2019 in the subject line of your email message.

For further information, please contact Dr. Christian Schaich (ZOiS Managing Director): christian.schaich(at)zois-berlin(dot)de.