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The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) is searching for 7 doctoral researchers

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications for 7 doctoral researcher positions (f/m/d) in its new Research Training Group (RTG) 2513 “Social Dynamics of the Self” (SELF), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). BIGSSS is an international inter-university graduate school in the social sciences, located at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Successful applicants will receive a work contract for 36 months, based on salary scale E13 TV-L/TVöD (65%), at Jacobs University or the University of Bremen.

Their program is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from various fields, particularly psychology, sociology and political science. The research questions addressed in dissertation projects aim to broadly correspond to seven project lines, but specific research questions are to be formulated by successful applicants.

The project lines are:

1. Cultures of honor.
2. Intergenerational identity development.
3. Self-efficacy, health and well-being.
4. Conflict between family and work roles.
5. Social participation and (early) retirement.
6. Individualization and social morality.
7. Collective identities in transition.


Exceptional candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in psychology, sociology, or political science are welcome. Potential candidates with a degree in related disciplines also stand a chance. All accepted researchers should move to Bremen for the program, as presence at the institution is required. Applicants have to demonstrate a broad thematic fit between the dissertation proposal and the outlined project lines. Up to three possibly fitting project lines can be specified in the application. More information on the members of the RTG and project lines, BIGSSS, Jacobs University and the University of Bremen, as well as the application guidelines can be found here.

More information about the RTG, the list of required application materials and how to apply can be found here. Applications must be submitted online with reference number A370/19 until February 29th, 2020. For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact the Admissions Officer.

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