Post-Doc in Comparative Politics (Germany) Deadline: Dec.31, 2018

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt

Application Deadline

Dec. 31, 2018

Program Commencement

April 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

2.3 Years

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Program Details

Goethe University Frankfurt is a top international research university, ranked among the best in the world. With over 48,000 students, it is the third largest university in Germany. The Department of Social Sciences of the University seeks to fill one position as Post-Doctoral Researcher in Comparative Politics, with candidates with strong backgrounds in Legislative Politics and Quantitative Methods. The appointment is for the project titled “The Nature of Political Representation in Times of Dealignment”, which undertakes to investigate the responsiveness of legislators to constituents in times of electoral dealignment. The post-doctoral researcher is expected to actively participate in teamwork, including the collection, management, and analysis of data on the behaviors of legislators, as well as writing project papers and presenting research at national and international conferences.

The project is part of an international network that is funded by the 5th Open Research Area Call (ORA), which is a collaborative research scheme initiated by the British (ECRC), Dutch (NWO), French (ANR), and German (DFG) national research funding agencies. It draws together researchers from Goethe-University Frankfurt, King’s College London, University of Leiden, and other affiliated institutions across Europe. This context offers to the successful applicant an excellent opportunity to work in a team with a strong focus on legislative politics, quantitative research, and international collaboration.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The successful applicant should hold a doctoral degree in political science or in a relevant discipline and have a strong background in quantitative methods and legislative politics.The position is designated to be filled by 1 April 2019 but can be awarded in slightly flexible ways, if necessary. Funding is available for 27 months starting from the award of the position. Salary is commensurate with experience and is at least 50,000 Euros plus employer benefits (according to public pay scheme TV-G-U E13)

Application Process

Applications should be submitted in English and include:

  • a CV
  • a list of publications
  • a letter of motivation, outlining the substantive research agenda of the candidate, and
  • a representative writing sample.

Please send your application to the Dean of the Department of Social Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt. E-Mail: Please include the reference number 37/2018 of this ad. If you wish to further inquire about the position, please make direct contact with Prof. Dr. Thomas Zittel (

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