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Institution Faculty of Social Sciences - Department of Sociology, Chair of Quantitative Social Research (Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg)
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Part-time (75%)
Start date 2023-01-01 (the position is initially limited to 3 years)
Application deadline 2022-11-02

About us:

This position is to be filled as part of a joint research initiative with PD Dr. Lutz Bormann from the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society (MPG). As one of the world's leading basic research institutions, the MPG devotes its research to the areas of research evaluation, bibliometrics, alternative metrics and social networks. In order to strengthen its research capabilities and in collaboration with the LMU Department of Sociology, the MPG is funding a position of a researcher (pre-doc) seeking to obtain a doctorate in scientometrics. The option of an earlier start date is available to candidates interested in this position.
The contract for this position shall initially be fixed at three years. The employment contract may subsequently be extended by up to two years.

We are looking for you:

Predoc position / research scientist specializing in the quantitative sociology of science (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Conducting scientometric research; possible topics include: analyzing the unequal research output across research institutions, visualizing (inequalities in) research performance, analyzing the CVs of more or less outstanding and successful researchers, explaining disparities in research performance and career paths, and investigating systematic biases in the evaluation of research performance (such as possible biases owing to the gender of the researchers and/or evaluators).
  • Collaboration on service-related activities relating to scientometrics within the Administrative Headquarters of the MPG.
  • Teaching few courses at the Department of Sociology (~ one per year).

Your qualifications:

You have an outstanding university degree (Diploma or Master's degree from a university) in sociology or a neighbouring discipline (e.g., psychology, statistics or computer science). You specialized in empirical social research methods and statistics during your studies. In addition, you are confident in using statistical programs (e.g., Stata, R and/or SAS). Knowledge of SQL and experience with at least one modern programming language are highly desirable. Excellent command of English and rudimentary German skills are other prerequisites for this position. Expertise in social science theories of science and/or social inequalities, such as theories on cumulative advantage, biased evaluations or discrimination, is helpful.


Your place of work is situated in the centre of Munich and is easily accessible via an excellent public transport network. We offer extensive further education opportunities, such as participation in colloquia, workshops, and conferences. At LMU Munich you will be part of a large team of pre- and post-doc researchers focusing on the analytical research of inequality. Obtaining a doctorate and working in this environment will qualify you for careers in science and research as well as other data-driven areas (e.g. data science, research/science management roles).
Applications from women are encouraged.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Have we sparked your interest? If so, please send us your written application in the form of a PDF document with the standard documentation (informative cover letter, CV, copies of references) by 02 November 2022 to:
We look forward to your application!
Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg:
PD Dr. Lutz Bornmann:

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