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Postdoc Forscher/-in am SOEP


26.08.2021 23:59

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) is a separately funded research-driven infrastructure at DIW Berlin. Data from the SOEP survey are made available to researchers worldwide and also used in research carried out at DIW Berlin.

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin is looking for a

Postdoctoral researcher

for the multi-disciplinary research project “The consequences of SARS-CoV-2 for societal inequalities,” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The position is limited to 36 months of the project’s funding period.

The aim of the project is to examine how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affects distinct social and at-risk groups in Germany, what the consequences of the pandemic are for societal inequalities, and what role welfare state measures play. The interdisciplinary project team will apply descriptive and causal statistical methods and use a unique integrated dataset, comprising the SOEP, SOEP-CoV (a survey of a subsample of the SOEP during the pandemic lockdowns), and blood and saliva tests from SOEP respondents (in collaboration with the Robert Koch Institute).

The candidate is expected to take a leading role in the research activities of the project. We are especially interested in candidates who have a strong background in empirical quantitative methods, panel data analysis, and causal estimation and are willing to apply advanced methods to understand the interplay between the pandemic and societal inequalities.


  • Conducting research as part of the above-mentioned project
  • Coordinating the research group and organizing workshops
  • Building and developing the data infrastructure (linking SOEP, SOEP-CoV, and other auxiliary datasets) and producing documentation on the data
  • Publishing peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals
  • Producing policy-relevant reports and project deliverables


  • Outstanding dissertation in economics, quantitative methods, or a related discipline
  • Strong research agenda aligned with the project aims
  • Excellent knowledge of micro econometric, quantitative empirical, and causal methods
  • Experience with survey data
  • Strong publication record
  • Experience in working on and willingness to contribute to a multi-disciplinary research project that brings together researchers from epidemiology, medical research, economics, and other social sciences
  • Experience in coordinating a research group
  • Basic knowledge of Germany’s federal government and broader political system
  • Excellent writing skills and very good command of English and German

We offer

  • An exciting research environment and a strong research group, including all the benefits of DIW Berlin’s international networks
  • Access to unique and restricted data
  • Relevant work at the intersection of academia and policy consulting
  • A competitive salary following the German TVöD pay scale
  • A creative and collaborative working environment and an international team consisting of highly motivated early career and experienced colleagues

The salary is in accordance with EG 14 TVöD Bund. The contract is limited until 30.09.2024.

We highly appreciate diversity and are thus pleased to receive any application - irrespective of gender, nationality, disability, or ethnic and social background. The DIW Berlin seeks to increase the proportion of women and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply.

Please apply online with the usual documents (cover letter, a sample of their written work, a detailed CV, and copies of degree certificates) quoting the reference number SOEP-17-21 by August 26, 2021.

Further information about DIW Berlin can be found on our homepage at www.diw.de. For information on the field of work, please contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Zinn (szinn@diw.de) and Prof. Dr. Carsten Schröder (cschroeder@diw.de).

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Sabine Zinn

Direktorium SOEP und Bereichsleitung Sozio-oekonomisches Panel

DIW Berlin

Das DIW Berlin (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung) ist seit 1925 eines der führenden Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitute in Deutschland. Es erforscht wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftliche Zusammenhänge in gesellschaftlich relevanten Themenfeldern und berät auf dieser Grundlage Politik und Gesellschaft. Das Institut ist national und international vernetzt, stellt weltweit genutzte Forschungsinfrastruktur bereit und fördert den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs. Das DIW Berlin ist unabhängig und wird als Mitglied der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft überwiegend aus öffentlichen Mitteln finanziert.