Doctoral Researcher - Project on Social Cohesion in the EU (f/m/div)

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school also offers experienced professionals the opportunity to deepen their skills in the field of public management. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-orientated approach to the school's teaching and research agenda. The Hertie School is an international centre, with a variety of first-rate academic projects and a diverse student body. The school actively engages in public debate with its wide range of events bringing together experts from academia and the world of practice. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains the major partner. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.

The project “Cohesion in Europe - Perceptions and Fields of Action (PerzepEU)” investigates how cohesion is perceived in the EU and how it can be strengthened under conditions of high political and institutional heterogeneity. In four work packages, the project firstly examines the determinants of perception of cohesion in Europe, with a special focus on the perception of socio-economic factors; secondly, the role of different types of welfare states in the perception of cohesion; thirdly, in comparison with Canada, Switzerland and the U.S., the patterns of transfer mechanisms for cohesion in federal systems; and fourthly, in a practice-oriented work package, the different policy instruments for improving cohesion in and between EU member states. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (subject to final approval).

The Hertie School is looking for a

Doctoral Researcher – Project on Social Cohesion in the EU (f/m/div)

on a part-time (26 hours/week) basis.

The contract shall commence as of 01 December 2020 and is limited to 36 months.

Your tasks:

  • Research as part of the working package on social and fiscal transfer mechanisms in multilevel systems with the aim of completing a PhD according to the regulations of the structured PhD Programme in Governance at the Hertie School under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jachtenfuchs

  • Conduct research / expert interviews with relevant actors during extensive research stays in Canada, the U.S., Switzerland, Brussels, and Florence

  • Prepare scientific publications and conference presentations, coordinate with the other working packages of the project


Your profile:

  • Excellent academic track record and a completed graduate degree in political science or sociology
  • Solid training in social science methods
  • An excellent command of English; French and/or German is an advantage


We offer:

A stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer ( for further information).



Please submit your application (including a CV, cover letter and relevant certificates) by using the Apply button below. The deadline for full consideration is 01 November 2020.

Please contact Prof. Dr. Markus Jachtenfuchs for further information about the position and more details about the project.

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