Postdoctoral Researcher - Intergroup Relations (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.

We seek to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher - Intergroup Relations (f/m/div)

on a full-time basis (40 hours/week).

The contract shall commence as of 01 February 2021 and is initially limited for one year (a performance-based extension for two more years is possible). The position will be funded by a grant of the VW foundation awarded to Ruth Ditlmann. The VW grant will investigate the conditions under which intergroup contact between German citizens and immigrants, and between German citizens and refugees can promote positive outcomes for all involved. A particular focus will be on the role that political (and other) authorities play in creating the conditions that make such experiences succeed or fail. Methodologically, the main focus will be a randomized field experiment. Other studies include comparative and longitudinal survey designs and analysis of web and/or media content.

Your tasks:

  • Collaborating on the grant awarded by the VW foundation;
  • Participation in the set up and management of the new, VW-funded research group;
  • Pursuing your own research, ideally in the fields of political psychology, political behavior, intergroup relations and/or comparative politics.


Your profile:

  • PhD or equivalent in Social Psychology, Political Science or Sociology;
  • Experience with (field) experimental and/or quasi-experimental designs (e.g., natural experiments, regression discontinuity designs, difference-in difference);
  • A strong research record on intergroup relations, immigration or ethnic politics;
  • An interest in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of social psychology and political science;
  • Previous experience either conducting research in partnership with a civil society organization or working for a civil society organization is a plus;
  • Very good written and spoken English, German skills are not required;
  • Comfortable working with multiple stakeholders and audiences: academics, implementers, policy-makers, study participants;
  • A desire to conduct policy-relevant research and engage with policy makers.


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). Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.



Please submit your complete application portfolio including a CV, academic transcripts, a writing sample (a recently published or unpublished article) and a one-page cover letter that describes briefly what types of questions related to intergroup contact theory and/or immigrant/refugee integration and/or the politics of immigration you would like to pursue during the contract period. The deadline for full consideration is 10 December 2020.

To submit your application, please click the Apply button below. For questions about the position, please contact Ruth Ditlmann, PhD, Designated Professor of Social Psychology (expected starting date: 01 February 2021).

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