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WIPCAD: Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, invites applications fo­­r:

Postdoctoral Fellowship (full-time)
Pay scale: 13 TV-L (East)
Ref.-No.: 102/2012

The appointment will be made for two years, starting October 1, 2012 and a weekly working time of 40 hours. The post is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy”. The Research Training Group studies the interrelationships between “wicked” policy problems and the development of administrative organizations, including inter-organizational settings. The research program is based on systematic interdisciplinary cooperation between political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management. Please find more details at www.wipcad-potsdam.de.

Applicants need to prove experience in qualitative and quantitative methods of social science research and are expected to conduct a methodologically advanced research project that falls within the framework of the overall research agenda of the Research Training Group. A strong interest in innovative methods and research questions in administrative and organizational sciences is expected.

The Fellow will collaborate closely with colleagues working in the areas of administrative and organizational sociology, political science and public administration, and empirical social research. S/he is expected to offer innovative organizational and administrative research methods and provide teaching and mentoring in the context of the qualification program of the DFG Research Training Group. The language of instruction is English.


  • Completed university education in political and administrative sciences, sociology or public management;
  • Special qualification for academic work, which is usually demonstrated through an outstanding PhD thesis;
  • Proficiency in English is required;
  • International experience, an outstanding publication record and teaching experience are advantageous.

The application should include a CV, a project proposal (max. 10 pages) and a preliminary work plan, a list of publications and the names and contact details of two referees.

University of Potsdam is an equal opportunity employer and strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored.

Enquiries may be addressed to Professor Klaus H. Goetz (khgoetz@uni-potsdam.de)

Applications should be sent to the Speaker of the Research Training Group within four weeks of the publication of this notice:

Prof. Dr. Klaus H. Goetz
Universität Potsdam
August-Bebel-Straße 89
14482 Potsdam


This announcement was published on March 15, 2012.

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