Cologne: Post-Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

University: Post-Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) (wiss1911-12)

Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences

Post-Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS)

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide rangeof subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.

The Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne is one of the largest and best-known social science institutes in Germany. Today, more than 100 academic and non-academic staff members belong to the ISS. As the first sociological research institute in Germany, the institute began its activities in 1919 as the „Research Institute for Social Sciences“ and has since gained an excellent reputation due to its tradition of theory-led quantitative social research („Cologne School“). Our courses are internationally oriented and offer a broad spectrum of topics and opportunities for specialization.


  • teaching (4 hours/semester) in study programs of the department (in English and German)
  • research in social inequality, demography, life course research, sociology of education or family sociology
  • carry out independent empirical research using longitu-dinal data (e.g. pairfam, SOEP)
  • present at international conferences
  • publish in international journals he g


  • a PhD in Sociology or Social Sciences
  • strong research interests in social inequality, demography, life course research, sociology of education or family sociology
  • a strong background in empirical methods and quantitative
  • analyses of large scale data (experience with R or Stata is highly welcome)
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • a high ability to work in a team as well as a structured, analytical and independent way of working


  • a diverse and fair working environment
  • support in reconciling work and family life
  • flexible working time models
  • extensive advanced training opportunities
  • occupational health management offers
  • local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The position is available from now on a full-time basis. It is limited to the 30.09.2022, an extension is being sought. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We expressly welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and qualifications will be given priority.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a CV including a list of publications and a short project proposal (2-3 pages) by email (in one pdf-file) with the reference number Wiss1911-12 to sekretariat.soziologie(at) The application deadline is 09.06.2020.

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank (
or Prof. Dr. Marita Jacob (

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