Postdoctoral Positions in Political Economy and Economic Sociology at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) provides an attractive environment for postdoctoral researchers to pursue their own research projects within the scope of the Institute’s research program. Postdoctoral researchers can apply for a two-year contract based on the Public Service Wage Agreement (TVöD E 13).

Application Deadline: 

The MPIfG conducts basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between social, economic, and political action. Building on the disciplinary traditions of sociology and political science, the Institute’s research program aims to combine and develop the approaches of new economic sociology and comparative and international political economy.

We are currently inviting applications for Postdocs in the following project areas /research groups:

  • ƒ Political Economy of Growth Models (project area led by Professor Lucio Baccaro, Director at the MPIfG)
  • ƒ Sociology of Public Finances and Debt (research group led by Dr. Leon Wansleben)

Successful candidates are chosen on the basis of scholarly excellence, a research proposal outlining a project to be pursued at the MPIfG, and a job interview in person or via video conference. Postdoctoral researchers have their own office at the MPIfG. Postdocs are expected to reside in the Cologne area and actively participate in the intellectual life of the Institute.

Applications are welcome as of November for a position starting in October of the following year and should be submitted online as a single PDF file in English to The deadline for applications is January 31. Applicants  will be notified in April.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer and follows this principle in all its hiring and employment practices.

How to apply

For details, visit

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.