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PhD position (f/m/div) in the area Simulation in the context of intergenerational processes

Job offer of April 30, 2024

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PhD position (f/m/div) in the area Simulation in the context of intergenerational processes

Closing Date

28.05.2024 23:59

The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a research-driven infrastructure based at DIW Berlin, is one of the largest and longest running multidisciplinary panel studies worldwide, and currently surveys around 30,000 people in nearly 15,000 households. SOEP aims to capture social change and thus handles a constant stream of new and diverse topics and tasks. Its data collection and generation adhere to the concept of the survey or data life cycle.

Starting on 1st of June 2024, DIW Berlin is looking for a

PhD position (f/m/div) in the area

Simulation in the context of intergenerational processes

(Part time/29,25 hours/week)

What we offer

The opportunity to pursue a doctorate in an exciting research institute with around 300 colleagues, where diversity, equal opportunities, and a healthy work-life balance guide all areas of work. Flexible work schedules tailored to your needs as well as remote work are key parts of our work culture.

The opportunity to participate in an innovative and interdisciplinary research project and the freedom to develop your own research questions and set your own priorities within the project.

An exciting and varied job where you will gain deep insights into a research institute as well as national and international science systems. At DIW Berlin, you will have the perfect opportunity to gain further subject-specific training at an institute where science and politics intersect.

DIW Berlin supports your professional and personal qualification and advancement via internal and external career development opportunities and annual performance reviews.

You are paid according to the collective agreement for the public sector (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), which includes an annual bonus as well as a company pension with VBL Ost.

The office is located in the middle of Berlin-Mitte convenient to public transportation. As a DIW Berlin employee, you are eligible for a reduced VBB-Firmenticket that is partially subsidized.

Your responsibilities

  • Scientific activity in the field of computational statistics and data science
  • Enhancing the existing R package "MicSim" for modelling intergenerational dynamics
  • Creation of a simulation model at the person level with a focus on home ownership
  • Estimation of general regression models based on survey data
  • Creation of an initial population for a simulation model
  • Validation of the simulation model
  • Derivation of meaningful scenarios for the development of socio-demographic and economic processes that (can) affect home ownership
  • Documentation and publication of the work results as well as presentations at international conferences
  • Collaboration and exchange with a research group of approx. 10 scientists from four countries (Spain, Hungary, Great Britain, Germany)

Your qualifications

  • Completed academic degree in data science with knowledge of empirical social research or a completed academic degree in empirical social research with knowledge of data science or a related field
  • Very good programming skills in R
  • Very good knowledge of estimating regression models, especially logistic regressions and Poisson models
  • Experience in dealing with large data sets (e.g. survey data)
  • Experience in dealing with versioning systems (such as Git or GitHub)
  • Very good command of English that allow to present at national and international conferences and to publish in English-speaking international peer-reviewed journals

The position is linked to the possibility of obtaining a doctorate. It would be an advantage to be integrated in the structured doctoral program, preferably in the Berlin area. A doctoral agreement will be concluded with DIW Berlin, which guarantees, among other things, qualified individual supervision.

This is a fixed-term position limited to Mai, 31st 2028. Remuneration is paid according to TVöD Bund, salary group E13.

Application and information

We value diversity and welcome all applications regardless of gender, disability, nationality, or ethnic or social origin. If you’re interested in the position, we are excited to hear from you!

Please apply online by May 28, 2024, quoting the reference number SOEP-6-24 and including a cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates, and references. Please do not include a photo. If you have any questions about the online application, contact

In-person interviews are planned to take place in the calendar week 23.

You can find more information about DIW Berlin on our website, Please contact Mrs. Prof. Dr. Sabine Zinn ( for more information on the specific tasks and responsibilities of this position.

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.