Senior Researcher in the Area of Economic Sociology

Senior Researcher in the Area of Economic Sociology

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Cologne, Germany

Deadline: Fri, 28 Feb 2020



Job Description

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne is seeking a social scientist with a research focus in economic sociology for a research project on private wealth, headed by Professor Jens Beckert. The project is funded by the Leibniz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The position is available from October 1, 2020 or by agreement. For more information about the project, please go to

Applicants are required to have completed a PhD in sociology, political science, or economics, and show promise of excellence in their publication record. Expertise in quantitative methods and creating databases is also essential, as is an excellent command of German and English.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue a habilitation and to teach at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE, The position is available for an initial three-year period, with the possibility of a further three years following successful evaluation. Pay and benefits are based on the German public sector pay agreement (TVöD-Bund).

The Max Planck Society is committed to improving the opportunities for women in science. We support our employees in achieving work and family life balance. We are also committed to employing more people with disabilities.

The closing date for applications is February 28, 2020. Please apply online by going to, where you will be asked to upload your application as a single PDF file. Your application should include a two-page statement  explaining your interest in the research project and topic, a CV, copies of your qualifications, a list of publications, a selected journal article, and the names and
addresses of two referees.