PhD researcher

The project „Religion, religiosity, and the social-emotional integration of Muslim youth“, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), invites applications to join our project team, starting in May 2020 or later as a

PhD researcher

The project takes place at the MZES—an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Mannheim, dedicated to comparative European social research and the analysis of European integration processes. It is Germany’s largest university-based social science research centre.
The project examines the mechanisms that drive the social-emotional integration of Muslim youth. For this purpose, (longitudinal) secondary data analyses (e.g., CILS4EU), choice experiments, and group discussions will be conducted. The main aim is to better understand to what extent religion and religiosity matter for friendship choices and the development of national identification of young Muslims. It will also be examined whether non-Muslim youth exclude their Muslim peers, and, if so, what consequences this has for their social-emotional integration.
Payment will be 65% of a full TV-L E13 position (according to the collective agreement applicable to the University of Mannheim). The initial contract duration will be until the project’s preliminary end date (November 30, 2022; an extension is intended). The monthly payment amounts to approx. €2,500 before taxes in the first year, increasing to approx. €2,800 before taxes in the second year. A top-up with teaching duties is generally possible; so is membership in the PhD program of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS; separate application needed).

Candidates are expected to:

  • Prepare and analyse secondary data, especially (network) panel data
  • Prepare, conduct, and evaluate (online) choice experiments
  • Assist in presenting results of the project at scientific conferences or in journal articles
  • Write and publish peer-reviewed journal articles

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Excellent master’s degree in sociology or a related discipline
  • Strong interest in the topic and methods of the project
  • Experience/expertise in research methods, preferably in one or more of the following areas:
    • Social network analysis (ERGM/SAOM)
    • Experimental designs (factorial surveys, choice experiments)

In principle, the position can be shared. The University of Mannheim is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

Applications including a covering letter, indicating your earliest availability, a CV, and copies of degree certificates must be submitted by March 31, 2020. Please send your application as one pdf to Lars Leszczensky: Lars.Leszczensky [at] or by postal mail to University of Mannheim, MZES, Lars Leszczensky, 68161 Mannheim, Germany. For further questions about the position or the project, please contact Lars Leszczensky.

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