Job advertisement
reference number 06/2023

At the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, the following temporary position with 26 hours per week is available as of 01.07.2023:

Scientific Project Assistant (f/m/d)
Pay Category E 13 TV-L (65 %)

Area of Responsibility

  • participation in the project "PolDigWork - Politics and the Future of Work in Middle-Income Countries", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • contribute to basic elements of the project, such as the theoretical framework, the project's research design/methodology, and the data collection process
  • undertake work packages of the project including country case studies and data collection
  • conduct project research, including data collection and field research
  • participate in the organizational and financial aspects of project administration, including the organization of project events

With the above-mentioned project work, there is an opportunity for own further scientific qualification (e. g. PhD) in the subject area of the project.

What we expect

  • successfully completed (at least good) academic university studies (Diplom/MA/state examination) in public policy, social sciences, business administration/economics or computer sciences/IT
  • interest in the topic of digitalization, especially its social and political consequences
  • sensitivity to research in non-European contexts
  • mastery of social science methods (qualitative or quantitative) or willingness to learn them; examples: Survey research, quantitative content and network analysis, or qualitative methods such as field research and interview techniques
  • fluency in written and spoken English
  • additional familiarity with one of the languages spoken in the respective countries (Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, Zulu/Afrikaans)
  • German is recommended, but not mandatory

Other desirable skills and experience

  • ability to work in a team environment
  • ability to adapt to an international and culturally diverse environment

What we offer

The University of Erfurt promotes the compatibility of career and family/private life. To this end, it offers flexible working hours and various opportunities for further training. In addition, there are a number of health and prevention offers as part of the company health management.


The German version of this job advertisement alone shall be legally binding.

The position is limited to 3 years in accordance with the project approval. The advertisement is addressed to applicants who fulfill the requirements of the German Act on Temporary Scientific Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). The general requirements for employment according to § 91 section 5 Thuringian Higher Education Act (Thüringer Hochschulgesetz) apply.

If you have a foreign university degree, it is necessary that you apply for a certificate application at the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, ZAB) and attach the corresponding certificate to your application documents. Please note that this is a chargeable service provided by the ZAB. For more information, please visit

The University of Erfurt is committed to diversity and gender equality. It has been audited as a "family-friendly university" and has received the rating "equality excellent" in the female professor programme. One of the university's strategic goals is increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified female scientists are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled persons and those with equal status are given preference in the case of equal suitability, professional performance, and ability.

For questions regarding content, please contact Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling (e-mail:

Application and Deadline

Please send your application with informative documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and certificates, list of publications, presentations if applicable) exclusively online by 06.03.2023 via the application management system of the University of Erfurt.

Reimbursement of Expenses

The University of Erfurt does not refund any costs incurred in the application process.

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