Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Organizations, Institutions and Social Change (f/m/div)

The Hertie School of Governance 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 of the Hertie Foundation, which remains the major partner.

To support research projects on Organizations, Institutions and Social Change and the Knowledge Initiative on Organizations and Society (KIOS), the Hertie School is recruiting a Post-Doctoral candidate, with expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and broad interests in organizations and their role in tackling social problems and societal challenges.

The Hertie School of Governance seeks to fill the following position as of October 01, 2019 the latest

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Organization, Institutions & Social Change (f/m/div)

in part-time (30 hours/week).

The initial contract will last for one year and can be extended.

Your tasks:


  • Advance a research agenda around the role of organizations in addressing social problems and transforming institutional contexts, with the goal of publishing relevant research  in leading peer-reviewed outlets
  • Examine a diverse range of alternative and traditional organizational forms (social enterprises, cooperatives, corporations, non-profit organizations; development organizations) that actively pursue strategies to alleviate a social problem, affect social change, and alter institutional arrangements.
  • Think through the complexities that tackling social problems involves and engage directly with organizations and initiatives. Empirical settings for advancing this research agenda include developing and developed economies.

Project management:

  • Take the lead and work closely with the project leader and other members of the team to coordinate data collection, analysis, and writing. Other tasks may include grant applications and coordinating research colloquia.


  • Aim at producing high quality research, attending and presenting at the leading conferences across the social sciences (e.g. management, sociology, political science), and communicating your findings to researchers across related disciplines and policy-makers relevant to the field and the project


Your profile:


  • The ideal candidate will have a PhD or an equivalent degree in organization and management theory, organizational/economic sociology, or comparative political economy 
  • Regardless of background, a keen interest in the interplay of organizations and their institutional contexts is a must
  • Familiarity of and willingness to keep up to date with state-of-the-art research methods in the social sciences
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • A self-driven, independent individual who is keen to lead and work in an international environment

Nice to have:

  • Familiarity with debates on the role of organizations in addressing societal challenges (e.g. social entrepreneurship, social movements, corporate forms of responsibility etc.)
  • Willingness to engage with related debates across the social sciences
  • Familiarity with data handling and analysis (e.g. through Stata/R) is an welcome asset
  • A record of or demonstrated potential to publish work in international outlets


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 motivation letter, CV, academic transcripts and a writing sample (thesis or paper) by using the Apply button below. Please also list at least two references (no letters required at this point). Deadline for full consideration is August 31, 2019.

Please contact Prof. Johanna Mair, PhD, Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership, for further questions about the position.

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