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At the University of Bremen we offer a PhD position in a joint international
project on the qualitative analysis of social networks (multi informant
networks; cooperation with the working group of Laura Koehly, PhD, at the
National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA).


We kindly ask you to forward this job offer to candidates who might be

Applications are due January 15th, 2020.


Kind regards – and happy holidays,



Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein
University of Bremen
SOCIUM - Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, Head 
Mary-Somerville-Str. 9, R. 9.3090 
D - 28359 Bremen

tel +49 (0)421-218-58512 /  218-58638 (secr. Ms. Neumann)
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QUALISERVICE– Research Data Center for Qualitative Social Science Research
Data, Head  

Recent publications: 
in/publikationen/?publ=8749> What autobiographical narratives tell us about
the life course. Contributions of qualitative sequential analytical methods,
in: Advances in Life Course Research, online-first (18.12.2018),
< >

Collecting egocentric network data with visual tools. A comparative study,
in: Network Science, forthcoming (with T. Töpfer & J. Pfeffer)


At the University of Bremen, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for
Sociology and the SOCIUM –Research Institute Inequality and Social Policy 

we are currently searching a highly motivated and excellently qualified
doctoral student (qualitative empirical social research, social network
research) for a 50% position, 3 years starting March 2020. 

The time limitation is based on § 2 (1) WissZeitVG
(Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, i.e. temporary science employment act).
Therefore, candidates may only be considered who dispose of the respective
scope of qualification periods according to § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

The doctoral student will be working with the research group of Prof. Dr.
Betina Hollstein. Our research topics include social networks, life-course,
social inequality, and methods of empirical social research (qualitative and
quantitative). The position includes cooperation in a joint research
project, publications, and a small amount of teaching (B.A. „Sociology“,
Research Master Program „Sociology and Empirical Social Research”). 


The doctoral researcher will be working in a joint international project on
the qualitative analysis of social networks (multi informant networks;
cooperation with the working group of Laura Koehly, PhD, at the National
Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA).


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a master degree,
ideally in sociology or a related social science.

Desired are 

*	training and experience in interview-based qualitative methods;
*	either coursework or other forms of training in social networks are
not required but strongly preferred;
*	participation and preparation of a doctoral thesis within a
mixed-methods project on multi-informant support networks;
*	initiative, independence, drive, efficiency, productivity, the
ability to work in groups, and a commitment to high quality social science
*	advanced language skills in English, both in speaking and writing is
required, as the Research Group’s working language is English, proficiency
in German is highly welcome but not mandatory.

Salary and benefits are linked to the German employee scale TVL13 (50%).
International candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein (
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]).

The review process will begin on January 16, 2020. Applications and
inquiries should preferably be sent electronically by January 15, 2020 with
the reference number A301/19 to 

- Uni­versi­­tät Bremen, SOCIUM - Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und
Sozialpolitik, Verwaltung, Frau Lafferenz, Postfach 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen,
Germany or

- electronically as pdf-attachment via e-mail with VC to
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 

Beside your CV and copies of academic certificates, applications must
include a letter of motivation as a pdf file. 

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its gender and
diversity policies and is particularly aiming to increase the number of
female researchers. Applications from female candidates, international
applications and applications of academics with a migration background are
explicitly welcome. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal
qualifications will be given preference.

The University of Bremen, a mid-sized university with approximately 250
professorships and 20,000 students, offers a broad range of disciplines and
competes internationally in top-level research. 



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