Skip to content!

Post-Doctoral Position in Wellbeing (f/m/nonbinary)

Job offer of March 17, 2023

Reference code



Post-Doctoral Position in Wellbeing (f/m/nonbinary)

Closing Date

16.04.2023 23:59

The research-based infrastructure of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), based at DIW Berlin, is one of the largest and longest-running multidisciplinary panel studies in the world, currently surveying about 30,000 people in nearly 15,000 households each year. SOEP claims to capture social change and is thus confronted with ever new and diverse topics and tasks. Its data collection and generation follows the concept of the survey or data life cycle.

We are hiring for the following position, to start as soon as possible:

Post-Doctoral Position in Wellbeing (f/m/nonbinary). Full-time at 39 hours per week, part-time possible.

We are looking for a post-doctoral research associate with a strong interest in research on wellbeing and living standard to join us in April 2023. The candidate is expected to be involved in the research activities of the SOEP division “Applied Panel Analysis”, in particular to support ongoing and initiate new research projects. Furthermore, the candidate is responsible for SOEP’s survey modules about wellbeing. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong background in micro-econometrics, and applied (micro) theory.

Tasks and responsibilities

Research on the different domains of individual wellbeing such as health and education, family and social life, material resources and leisure time. This includes research topics such as

  • Measurement and calculus of wellbeing
  • Assessment of the interplay between different dimensions of wellbeing
  • Assessment of the determinants of wellbeing, both at individual/household level and a broader societal level
  • Assessment of inequalities in wellbeing across individuals, regions, or societal groups

Improvement of the research database SOEP and its usability

  • Regular review and revision of the wellbeing-related SOEP items along the state of the art
  • Dissemination of the contents of the SOEP study to the scientific community worldwide


Knowledge transfer and contributions to research projects

  • Dissemination of research results in society and politics
  • Preparation of wellbeing-related materials for SOEP users
  • Acquisition of third-party funds in the area of wellbeing
  • Mentoring of PhDs


  • Degree in economics or comparable field of study
  • Experience in micro-econometrics incl. panel data econometrics
  • Independent, analytical, and solution-oriented approach to your work, paired with a strong sense of responsibility and commitment to excellent research standards
  • Outstanding communication and implementation skills and ability to work in a team
  • Confidence in the use of STATA and/or Python and/or R
  • Very good command of German and English

What we offer

  • The opportunity to work in a interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • The chance to integrate your research into the Socio-Economic Panel framework
  • The freedom to develop your own research in the above-mentioned fields
  • The possibility to work flexibly (in terms of time and place)

The salary is paid according to TVöD Bund, salary group 14. The Contract is for a fixed-term period of 6 years.

In addition to flexible working hours, DIW Berlin also offers employees mobile working and a subsidized public transport ticket.

DIW Berlin values diversity and therefore welcomes all applications—regardless of the applicant’s gender, disability, nationality, or ethnic or social origin.

Please apply online with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, copies of certificates, references), quoting the reference number SOEP-12-23, by April 16, 2023. Further information on DIW Berlin can be found on our homepage at For more information on the research division, please contact Prof. Dr. Carsten Schröder (

Carsten Schröder

Board of Directors SOEP and Division Head Applied Panel Analysis 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.