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PhD Student and Research Associate (f/m/nonbinary) at SOEP

Job offer of April 27, 2023

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PhD Student and Research Associate (f/m/nonbinary) at SOEP

Closing Date

30.06.2023 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.

To start as soon as possible we are looking for a: PhD Student and Research Associate (f/m/nonbinary) (part-time at 65%).


  • Research assistance in the field of survey methodology with focus on data science
  • Statistical generation of synthetic data in the field of big data and in the context of multiple imputation of missing data
  • Cooperation with project team members in the SOEP at DIW Berlin as well as the SOEP working group on survey methodology
  • Presentation of study results at national and international conferences


  • Academic degree in data science, statistics, survey statistics, empirical social sciences, or economics
  • In-depth statistical knowledge
  • In-depth knowledge of the analysis of quantitative survey data
  • Confidence in the use of data analysis methods and software (Stata, R)
  • Good knowledge of Python is advantageous
  • Very good command of English
  • Independent, self-reliant, and committed approach to your work
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills

What we offer

  • The opportunity to work on an innovative and interdisciplinary research project
  • The chance to integrate your research into the Socio-Economic Panel framework
  • The possibility to work flexibly (in terms of time and place)

    The position is linked to a PhD degree completed in the framework of a structured doctoral program, preferably in the Berlin area. A doctoral agreement will be signed with DIW Berlin that will guarantee, among other things, qualified individual supervision.

    The position will be paid in line with the TVöD Bund pay scale, salary group EG 13. The contract is for a fixed-term period of 48 months.

    In addition to flexible working hours, DIW Berlin also offers mobile work and an employee discount on the public transport ticket.

    We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications—regardless of the applicant’s gender, disability, nationality, or ethnic and social origin.

    Please apply online, quoting the reference number SOEP-10-23-2, by June 30, 2023. Further information on DIW Berlin can be found on our homepage at For information on the research area, please contact Prof. Dr. Sabine Zinn (

    For more information about DIW Berlin, please visit our homepage at

    Sabine Zinn

    Vice Director SOEP and Head of the Division 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.