Doctoral Position in Sociology (Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter(in) in der Arbeitssoziologie)

The Faculty for Social Sciences (FB03) at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Department of Sociology, in the Team of Prof. Heather Hofmeister, Ph.D., Professor for Sociology with the Specialty in the Sociology of Work, invites applications for a half-position (50%) as a doctoral candidate in Sociology for three years (German pay scale TV-H 13) working toward completing a dissertation within those three years (we allow ample time for  the dissertation project as well as co-authored publications with team members).  The successful candidate will also teach one class per semester on a topic within the sociology of work (except for the first and last semesters of the position, where the teaching responsibility is applied toward teaching training).  The position is located within the team of the Sociology of Work and includes working with the interdisciplinary Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO). The position is to begin as soon as convenient, but ideally no later than September 2013.


The topics we especially are interested in seeing handled in the dissertation of the successful candidate are the changing nature and/or meaning of work over historical time, across the life course, and/or in varying national contexts. We’re looking at changes in timing and expectations of work, how work competes with or complements responsibilities and wishes in other domains of life, hierarchies (leaders, followers, relations within teams, including gender dimensions), and trends in the future of work.  We’re especially interested in supporting our new candidate to do quantitative research on job changes over time.  An international comparative perspective is welcome.


What we offer:

·        Friendly, constructive, helpful, and experienced colleagues.

·        New state-of-the-art offices on the green, centrally located Frankfurt Westend Campus.

·        An interdisciplinary collegial setting in the immediate working environment and through cooperative projects and contacts (sociology, political science, psychology, economics).

·        A structured qualification process: regularly scheduled meetings with the dissertation supervisor (Hofmeister), with the team on research opportunities and issues, chances to present work locally, nationally, and internationally, chance to collect teaching experience through co-teaching and independent teaching, and general academic socialization. One specialty of the team is science communication (bringing research results to the public).



·       A completed Masters Degree or Diploma in Sociology by the start of the position.

·       An interest in and background experience in the Sociology of Work (coursework, research).

·       The ability and interest in conducting independent empirical sociological research.

·       Excellent methods skills, quantitative but also qualitative will be considered. Candidates with experience in multivariate statistics are preferred, including experience with SPSS, STATA, or similar programs.

·       Evidence of personal engagement, ability to be self-directed, and having a team-oriented and cooperative working style.

·       English language fluency or near-fluency.  Competency in German or willingness to gain competency.

·       Excellent writing and presentation skills, computer literacy.

Equal Opportunities policies apply, including the preferential hiring of persons with disabilities who possess the same qualifications as the other top candidates.

In your electronic application, please include:

(1)  a cover letter stating why you are a good fit for this position,

(2)  your full academic CV,

(3)  an example of your scientific writing (can be a final paper from a seminar or a masters thesis),

(4)  The names of references (with contact information; no letter of recommendation needed at this time, but if you already have these, you are welcome to send them), and

(5)  if you already have an idea for your dissertation, please send a one-page Exposé about your potential dissertation project.

Applications should be sent in electronic form (.pdf preferred) to:  We will evaluate applications starting in mid-April 2013 and continue to accept applications until the position is filled with a qualified candidate.

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