Pre-doc position available:

A position for a pre-doc is available at the Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Frankfurt, earliest possible starting date is 1. July 2019 (E13 TV-G-U, halftime) for a duration first of three years and is located within the team of the Sociology of Work, led by Prof. Heather Hofmeister, PhD.

About the position:

This pre-doctoral position offers a 50% contract for three years with teaching and research and the expectation of the dissertation work in the remaining time. Teaching involves one course per semester (each class meets for 90 minutes each week for 14-15 weeks of the semester, two semesters per year). Areas of teaching are open within the sociology of work, occupations, and related fields, based on the candidate’s interest and departmental needs to create a variety of course offerings. The successful candidate is expected to advance her/his own professional development and qualifications. For research, the candidate will conduct an innovative PhD in the intersection of sociology of work, leadership, life course, inequality, and family, and would be expected to add insights and energy to existing and joint future research projects. (

We have occasional university or department responsibilities. The position should be a step for the candidate towards an academic career. Predoctoral employees are paid at the Hessen state public employee pay level E13 (for more information, see

About us: We are a team typically comprised of two post-docs, one to two pre-docs, an administrative manager, student assistants, and Prof. Heather Hofmeister ( We’re located within the Frankfurt Sociology Department ( We’re associated with the interdisciplinary Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations ( and InFER: Institute for Empirical-Analytical Research (  We have an international network and predispositions to interdisciplinary and future-oriented research.  There is a wing of the team that works in science communication and scientific transfer (making findings accessible to a broader audience).  Insofar as it is possible within the German system, we enjoy flat hierarchies, lots of independence, and a respectful and caring work environment.  We keep in touch with those from our team who have moved on to other positions and enjoy good relationships with each other, our students and our colleagues.

Frankfurt is a city of 700,000, with many industries and a strong banking sector, full of historical neighborhoods, and well connected by plane and rail to Europe and the world: it’s the largest airport hub in continental Europe. In under 4 hours by train, one can be in Switzerland, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Munich, or Hamburg. The university was founded in 1919 by local citizens and continues a strong outreach and practice orientation, while being a world-renowned research-oriented university.  The sociologically famous Frankfurt School was founded here, and a strong tradition in sociology and political science continues: we are the largest social science department in Germany.  Our park-like campus is new and has excellent facilities while being connected to the city center in a 5 minute subway ride.


Application requirements:

MA, MPhil or MSc in Sociology, Social Research Methods, Demography, Economics or Psychology is required.  The successful candidate will ideally also demonstrate:

  • very good knowledge of the research in the Sociology of Work and/or related fields, broadly defined, which could include occupations, professions, life courses, life planning, care work, inequalities, time and place aspects of work and life, digitalization, family, and / or intergenerational relationships.
  • evidence of solid training in research design and advanced quantitative methods in social sciences as well as openness for qualitative work.
  • advanced programming abilities in Stata or similar statistical packages (e.g., R, Python). Previous demonstrable experience using longitudinal panel datasets is an asset.
  • research goals that fit into our existing and planned research.
  • excellent English language skills and experience (we are an international team) and ideally also German skills or the willingness to acquire them.
  • personal motivation, interest and ability in working within a team, and clarity on own life goals.

Application materials:

  • a CV detailing your academic and work experience, publications or independent written work, and related experience that you deem relevant for the application.
  • a description of your research and teaching past, present, and future.
  • a statement of your motivation for this position (this can be in your cover letter).
  • one example of a written piece of research work that can clearly show the abilities of the candidate for research design, analytical thinking, writing and use of quantitative techniques. This could be a masters thesis.
  • names and contact information for references.
  • records of your course work and university degrees.

Please send your materials electronically, clearly labeled, per Email to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, using the Subject line 08/2019. Applications will be reviewed starting on 30.04.2019.

Workshop „Sinn der Arbeit und sinnvolle Arbeit, revisited


Goethe-University Frankfurt
PEG-Building, Room 2G.202
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt / Main

Woran leiden Beschäftigte, wenn sie an fehlendem Sinn in der Arbeit leiden? Wann erleben Beschäftigte ihre Arbeit überhaupt als sinnvoll? Und: Welche gesellschaftlichen Deutungsmuster sinnvoller Arbeit lassen sich identifizieren? Diesen Fragen sind wir im DFG-Projekt „Gesellschaftliche Vorstellungen sinnvoller Arbeit und individuelles Sinnerleben in der Arbeitswelt“ zwischen 2014 und 2018 nachgegangen. Nach vier Jahren Sinnsuche in der Arbeitswelt möchten wir zum Projektende die Befunde über das Sinnerleben von Hochqualifizierten in als sinnvoll attribuierter Arbeit (ÄrztInnen, SozialarbeiterInnen und SozialunternehmerInnen) vorstellen und gemeinsam zukünftige Perspektiven einer soziologischen Sinnforschung diskutieren. Interessierte sind herzlich eingeladen.

Sinnlose Arbeit: "Dann leidet auch die Gesundheit."

Dr. Friedericke Hardering im Interview mit Dagmar Fuller von hr iNFO, 04.09.2018

Postdoctoral Position available

A position is available at the Department of Sociology of Work, led by Prof. Heather Hofmeister, earliest possible starting date is 1. July 2018.

PostDoc (E13 TV‐G‐U, 100%, duration of three years)

Find a more detailed job description here.

Visiting Scientists at the Institute

Since October 2016 the sociology of work team are hosting to visiting scientists:

Prof. Anoush Margaryan
Glasgow Caledonian University (Oktober 16 - März 18)

Mathilde Provensal
Doktorandin von der Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (November 16 - Oktober 17)

We welcome these scholars and look forward to working together and learning from each other during their stays!

Anoush Margaryan and Heather Hofmeister are organizing a thematic stream at the WORK2017 conference in Turku, Finland this August on “Sources of Meaning in Work.

Two other related conferences are calling for submissions, the VII International Conference of Work and Family and the first International Conference of Women and (new) leadershipBoth Conferences will be held in early July in Barcelona, Spain.  They’re organized by the International Center for Work and Family of IESE Business School.

Heather Hofmeister presented an evening workshop for post-docs at the HeRA Werkstatt at the HHU Düsseldorf in January 2017 to invite reflection about the career pathways after the postdoc. Questions for reflection are available at her blog.

The Winter Semester 2016-17 is winding to a close. The Propädeutikum had record participation this semester, with 919 students working towards a participation grade (Teilnahme) and 440 of those handing in a term paper for a full Module credit (Leistungsnachweis).  The electronic evaluation for the Propädeutikum is available here.

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