Postdoctoral Position in Sociology (f/m/d)


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 ExcellenceInitiative 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-19pandemic. The successful candidate will join the international research project “COVID-19 Policies for Gender Equality” (CoPE) as part of the Clusterof Excellence ‘The Politics of Inequality’ at the University of Konstanz. The main task will be to harmonize and analyze four national panel datasetsfrom the countries under study (Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands). The harmonization of these datasets will allow the team to study how thepandemic has impacted gender inequalities in behaviour within households (such as in the division of housework and childcare) as well as individualwell-being in four different institutional and cultural contexts. You are expected to be highly skilled in a range of quantitative methods for hierarchicaldata, such as fixed and random effects and/or multilevel modelling. In an additional part of the project, the team will conduct expert interviews withpolicymakers in all four countries to study country differences in family policy responses to the pandemic. The successful candidate will be involvedin helping the team arrange and prepare these interviews. No specific qualitative experience is required, but having some qualitative interviewingexperience is advantageous. Throughout the project, you will have opportunities to collaborate with the international senior researchers involved inCoPE while also developing scientific independence. responsibilitiesYour CompetenciesWe OfferQuestions can be directed to Prof. Dr. Susanne Strauss via E-Mail: susanne.strauss [at] look forward to receiving your application (motivation letter, CV, certificates) by 06 June 2021 via our Online Application Portal.Set up and harmonize existing panel datafrom four countries-Conduct multivariate comparative analyseswith panel data-Communicate with team members,organize regular team meetings-Assist in arranging and preparing expertinterviews-Contribute to project-related publications(both scientific and professional)-Present project results at (inter-)nationalconferences-Participate actively in the Cluster ofExcellence-PhD in sociology or related subject ofsocial sciences (preferably completed orat least close to be completed)-Very good skills in quantitative methods forempirical social science research, esp.longitudinal panel analysis-Highly proficient statistical computerprogram skills (esp. Stata/R)-Highly proficient in English. Proficiency inGerman is an asset but is not required-Qualitative interview experience desirable-Ability to work both independently and in ateam-An open and motivated international andinterdisciplinary research team-A dynamic research environment inKonstanz with broad expertise on genderinequality and social policy-Institutional support from the Cluster ofExcellence ‘The Politics of Inequality’ foryour career development-A vibrant international and interdisciplinaryresearch environment-Opportunities for cost-free additionaltraining in research methods and otheracademic skills, and funding forconference participation-The opportunity for short research visitsat our partners’ institutions in theNetherlands, Finland and Italy-

In principle, this position can be divided into two part-time positions. The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment thatprovides 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 careerprogramme ( with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply.They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).