Postdoctoral researcher at SOEP

Job offer of July 29, 2021

Reference code

SOEP-17-21

Position

Postdoctoral researcher at SOEP

Closing Date

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.

Tasks

  • 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

Requirements

  • 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).

Sabine Zinn

Board of Directors SOEP and Division Head Survey Methodology and Management in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

DIW Berlin

Founded in 1925, DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research) is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. The Institute analyzes the economic and social aspects of topical issues, formulating and disseminating policy advice based on its research findings. DIW Berlin is part of both the national and international scientific communities, provides research infrastructure to academics all over the world, and promotes the next generation of scientists. A member of the Leibniz Association, DIW Berlin is independent and primarily publicly funded.

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