Free Position

A position for a full-time post-doc is available at the Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Frankfurt, with an earliest possible starting date of 1. July 2018. The position is available for a duration of three years (renewable for another three after evaluation) and is located within the team of the Sociology of Work, led by Prof. Heather Hofmeister, PhD,

About the position:

This post-doctoral position has a full-time contract for teaching and research.

For research, the candidate can complete existing projects and would be expected to add insights and energy to existing and joint future research projects, including applying for external funding. ( We have occasional university or department responsibilities. The position should be another step for the candidate towards an academic career as a professor or similar next station.  The successful candidate is expected to advance her/his own professional development and qualifications.

Teaching and bachelor- and master-thesis advising involves two courses 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.

Postdoctoral 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 three post-docs, two to three 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 permanent 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:

An excellent quality Dissertation or equivalent in Sociology 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.
  • Very good social science methods abilities and openness for qualitative and qualitative work.
  • Research goals that fit into our existing and planned research.
  • Peer-reviewed internationally accessible journal articles.
  • 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:

  1. A CV detailing your academic and work experience, publications or independent written work, and related experience that you deem relevant for the application.
  2. A description of your research and teaching past, present, and future.
  3. A statement of your motivation for this position (this can be in your cover letter).
  4. A representative publication as first author.
  5. Names and contact information for references (ideally including the supervisor of your dissertation).
  6. Records of your course work and university degrees.

Please send your materials electronically, clearly labeled, per Email to the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, using the Subject line 7/2018. Applications will be reviewed starting on 15 March 2018.