Postdoctoral Program

open until filled
Social Sciences, Sociology, Economics
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Cologne, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) offers up to two post- doctoral positions starting on October 1, 2020. The positions are part of the pro- ject area headed by Jens Beckert in the field of economic sociology. For more in- formation on the current research interests within the project area, please go to

The MPIfG conducts basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between social, economic, and political action. Building on the disciplinary traditions of sociology and political science, the Institute’s research program aims to combine and develop the approaches of econo- mic sociology and comparative and international political economy.

The Institute provides an attractive environment for postdoctoral researchers to pur- sue their own research projects within the scope of the research program. The posi- tions for postdoctoral researchers are offered on a two-year contract according to the German public service wage agreement (TVöD E 13), inclusive of social security and employee benefits. Postdoctoral researchers are expected to reside in the Cologne area and actively participate in the intellectual life of the Institute.

The successful candidates will be chosen on the basis of scholarly excellence, a research proposal outlining a project to be pursued at the MPIfG, and an in-person or video job interview.

Applications are welcome until January 31, 2020. Please apply online by going to, where you will be asked to upload your application in English as a single PDF file. Applicants will be notified in April 2020. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer and follows this principle in all its hiring and em- ployment practices.

Dr. Gudrun Löhrer Research Coordinator +49 221 2767-254

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