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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Otto-Suhr-Insti­tut

Junior Professor of Empirical Social Science Research Methods

Tenure-Track Position as Junior Professor of Empirical Social Science Research Methods
Salary grade: initially W 1; after evaluation W 2 with tenure
Reference code: W1-Methoden

Work­ing field:

The successful applicant will assume responsibilities in research and teaching in empirical social science research methods. The professor will divide his/her time equally between the Institute of Sociology and the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science with their professorship serving as a point of contact between the two institutes.

Appointment requirements are governed by Article 102a of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz – BerlHG).


Successful candidates should hold an outstanding doctorate in sociology or political science and demonstrate excellent knowledge of quantitative methods in empirical social science research, especially in relation to causal analysis and experimental procedures. Their research focus is expected to relate to sociology and political science.
Applicants must have an outstanding research record with international visibility and publications in top-ranked academic journals. They should be able to demonstrate a record of successful teaching at university level, with the ability to teach in English. They should also have experience with projects financed through third-party funding.

Along with the regular official duties of professors listed in Article 99 of the Berlin Higher Education Act, we expect the appointee to engage in the following activities:

The appointee will be expected to teach in the degree programs offered at the Institute of Sociology and the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science (part of the teaching is held in English).They will participate in the development of research methods training in the Department of Political and Social Sciences and contribute to the main research areas of the department. They should also be prepared to participate in the work of the joint research projects based in the department. The successful candidate will be expected to fill any gaps in their knowledge of German by the time of their tenure review so that they demonstrate at least C1-level (CEFR) proficiency. The successful candidate will be required to address gender and diversity issues relevant to research and teaching in their field.

The position entails a three-year appointment as a civil servant for a fixed period (“Beamter/Beamtin auf Zeit”). Following a successful midterm review (“Zwischenevaluation”), the position can be extended for another three years. If the appointee then successfully passes their tenure review, they will be appointed to a permanent professorship through a streamlined appointment procedure (i.e., the permanent appointment will not be advertised as a separate position). As part of this process, performance goals will be negotiated at the time the junior professor is hired. The fulfillment of those goals will be assessed as part of the tenure review (Article 102 c of the Berlin Higher Education Act, § 102 c BerlHG).

  • The performance goals will cover (but are not limited to) the following areas:
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Promoting early-career researchers
  • Academic committee work
  • Leadership and management
  • Language proficiency

At the time of appointment to the permanent professorship, all general regulations and conditions regarding public sector employment must be fulfilled.

In addition, any candidates who completed their doctoral degree at Freie Universität Berlin and/or are employed at Freie Universität Berlin must comply with the regulations stipulated by the Berlin Higher Education Act, Article102 c, paragraph 3.

How to ap­ply:

Applications should include a CV, copies of all certificates of academic qualification in German or English (please add translations if applicable), a list of publications, a list of courses previously taught and evidence of teaching competence. Please include information on involvement in ongoing and future research endeavors, joint research projects, externally funded projects and, if necessary, language certificates. If applicable, please give information on teaching experience in primary and secondary education, partnerships with industry, inventions/patents, and spin-offs. 

All materials, including a personal postal address and email, must be received no later than March 11th, 2021, preferably electronically. Please indicate the reference code for the position when you submit your materials in one PDF file (maximum 5 MB), to the following address:

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften
Ihnestraße 21
14195 Berlin 

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Application guidelines, general information on the appointment procedure, appointment requirements for professorships at Freie Universität Berlin, and the regulations defined by the Berlin Higher Education Act which are relevant for professorships (Articles 99, 100, 101, 102 a,102c BerlHG) can be found online:
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