Postdoc Position

As part of the Research Training Group "Cross-border Labour Markets: Transnational Market Makers, Infrastructures, Institutions" a Postdoc Position (100%, 5 years) is available at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University; application deadline: 28 December 2023



As part of the Research Training Group 2951 "Cross-border Labour Markets: Transnational Market Makers, Infrastructures, Institutions", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the following position is available at the Faculty of Sociology (conditional on funding approval):

Postdoc Position

The Research Training Group 2951 "Cross-border Labour Markets" is jointly run by Bielefeld University and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Starting from April, 1st, 2024, it offers a postdoc researcher position for a 5 year period of time at the Faculty of Sociology of Bielefeld University. The position gives the successful applicant the opportunity to conduct their own research project, within the confines of the RTG research programme, within an inspiring international and interdisciplinary intellectual environment. The RTG investigates cross-border labour markets with an emphasis on their transnational embeddedness, and concentrates on the questions of under which conditions and how they emerge and on the role transnational 'market makers' (such as states, multinational corporations, or intermediaries), transnational infrastructures (such as means of transportation, accomodation, or social networks), and transnational institutions (rules and regulations, visa and border regimes, recognition of qualifications, or industrial relations) play in this regard. For more details on the RTG, its research programme and participating researchers, please consult the RTG webpage (

Your Tasks
  • conducting their own research project related to the RTG's research programme and publishing the results (80 %). We expect the successful applicant to develop a project with an ambitious comparative (case, country, or world regional comparisions) or multi-level (various scales of embeddedness of cross-border labour markets) research design.
  • participating in the workshops and events of the RTG (15 %)
  • contributing to the further development of the RTG research programme (5 %)

Employment ist conducive to scientific qualification.

We offer
  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term (5 years) (§ 2 (1) sentence 2 of the WissZeitVG; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
  • fulltime
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • variety of health, consulting and prevention services
  • reconcilability of family and work
  • flexible working hours
  • possibility of a job ticket for public transport (regional transport association), good transport connection
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting, varied tasks
  • modern work environment with digital processes 
  • various offers (canteen, cafeteria, restaurants, Uni-Shop, ATM, etc.)
Your Profile

We expect

  • completed scientific university degree (e. g. Master) in sociology, or a related social science
  • excellent doctoral degree, earned in an area of research relevant to the RTG research programme
  • open-mindedness towards the academic disciplines involved in the RTG, and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration
  • excellent command of English (written and spoken). The RTG's working language is English.
  • independent, self-reliant, and committed mode of working
  • cooperative and team-oriented way of working

Preferred experience and skills

  • research experiences pertinent for the RTG research programme
  • topically or methodologically pertinant preliminary work with regard to the RTG research programme and highly visible publications
Application Procedure

We are looking forward to receiving your application. Following application documents in English are required: Letter of motivation with reference to the Research Training Group and the names of three possible supervisors from the group of participating researchers in the order of your preference (cf., CV, 3-4-page short synopsis with your research idea, a work sample (e. g. a chapter from the dissertation or an essay publication) and all university degree documents. To apply, please preferably use our online form.

application deadline: 28.12.2023

Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Peterman
+49 521 106-4230
ursula.mense( at )

Postal Address
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Soziologie
Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements as an equal-opportunity employer and has been recognized as a family-friendly university. The university welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in information technology as well as the skilled crafts and trades. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state statutes on equal opportunity. Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

At Bielefeld University on request positions can be carried out with reduced working hours as long as this does not conflict with official needs.

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Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Peterman

Phone +49 521 106-4230

ursula.mense[ at ]