Posted on: 5 December, 2018
Application deadline: January 7, 2019

Doctoral Positions in Research Training Group DYNAMICS, Berlin, Germany

What is DYNAMICS?

The Research Training Group “The Dynamics of Demography, Democratic Processes and Public Policy” (DYNAMICS) provides doctoral researchers with a unique and internationally competitive three-year PhD programme in cutting-edge quantitative methods and advanced theories of demography, democracy and public policy. It is a joint endeavour of the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Hertie School of Governance and funded by the German Research Foundation. From fall 2019, a total of 35 doctoral researchers will study the relationship between demographic change, democratic processes and public policy.

The PhD programme is taught and supervised by leading experts from Political Science, Demography and Public Policy.  PhD students will benefit from the excellent and unique research environment encompassing HU Berlin and the Hertie School, a number of leading research institutions in Berlin as well as from a dense international network including top universities around the world. DYNAMICS fosters interdisciplinary exchange to enable PhD students to conduct innovative research that sheds much needed light on how demographic shifts affect and interact with democratic processes and public policy

Why join DYNAMICS?

  • Innovative research agenda
  • Unique and internationally competitive three-year PhD programme taught and closely supervised by leading international experts in the field
  • Training in cutting-edge quantitative methods and advanced theories of demography, democracy and public policy
  • Preparation for the academic job market through close supervision, career counseling and academic and financial support to present at international conferences
  • Vibrant international research community
  • Excellent and unique research environment in Berlin
  • Dense international network for research stays abroad and visiting researcher programme bringing top international scholars to Berlin
  • DYNAMICS offers five fully funded doctoral researcher positions per year
  • Own office space in the beautiful Humboldt Graduate School building and first-class IT systems and software

The Research Training Group 2458 “The Dynamics of Demography, Democratic Processes and Public Policy” (DYNAMICS) invites applications for

5 Doctoral Researcher Positions

DYNAMICS provides doctoral researchers with a unique and internationally competitive three-year PhD programme in cutting-edge quantitative methods and advanced theories of demography, democracy and public policy. It is a joint endeavour of the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Hertie School of Governance and funded by the German Research Foundation. Doctoral positions will start in September 2019 and remuneration is based on Grade E13 TVL (65%) of the German Public Salary Scale.

DYNAMICS studies how demographic changes transform democratic processes, how policy decisions are made to address demographic challenges and how public policies influence demographic developments. Dissertation projects should fall into at least one of the three Research Pillars of the Research Training Group:

1.    Demography and democratic processes 2.    Demography and public policy 3.    Public policy and its effect on demographic behaviour

Qualification and requirements

We are inviting applications by highly qualified graduates from the fields of Political Science, Sociology, Demography, Public Policy or other related Social Sciences who already have a high level of quantitative methods training. Candidates must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion.

Application

Please submit your application including the following materials until 7 January 2019 in one PDF file todynamics.office@hu-berlin.de in the following order:

Application materials
  1. Letter of motivation (maximum 1 page)
  2. 10-page dissertation proposal
  3. Certificates and transcripts of grades from each academic programme attended so far. MA degree (or equivalent) has to be completed before 31 August.
  4. Statement of methods skills (maximum 1 page)
  5. CV
  6. TOEFL Test with score of at least 250 (computer-based) or 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based)
  7. Two letters of recommendation (must be sent separately as PDF files to dynamics.office@hu-berlin.deby the referees)
  8. Two writing samples
  9. The name(s) of two potential dissertation advisors

All files must be merged into one single PDF file. The maximum file size is 6 MB.

The Call for Applications can be downloaded here.