Post-doc opportunity (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)

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To support research projects on Organizations, Institutions and Social Change and the Knowledge Initiative on Organizations and Society (KIOS) under the direction of Prof. Johanna Mair, the Hertie School is recruiting a Post-Doctoral candidate with expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and broad interests in organizations and their role in tackling social problems and societal challenges. As a school of public policy, The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-orientated approach to the School’s teaching and research agenda.

The position

This is a part-time position (30 hours/week) with an initial contract for one year that  can be extended. The position is to be filled as of October 01, 2019.

Research tasks:

  • Advance a research agenda around the role of organizations in addressing social problems and transforming institutional contexts, with the goal of publishing relevant research  in leading peer-reviewed outlets
  • Examine a diverse range of alternative and traditional organizational forms (social enterprises, cooperatives, corporations, non-profit organizations; development organizations) that actively pursue strategies to alleviate a social problem, affect social change, and alter institutional arrangements.
  • Think through the complexities that tackling social problems involves and engage directly with organizations and initiatives. Empirical settings for advancing this research agenda include developing and developed economies.

Project management tasks:

  • Take the lead and work closely with the project leader and other members of the team to coordinate data collection, analysis, and writing. Other tasks may include grant applications and coordinating research colloquia.


  • Aim at producing high quality research, attending and presenting at the leading conferences across the social sciences (e.g. management, sociology, political science), and communicating your findings to researchers across related disciplines and policy-makers relevant to the field and the project

Your qualifications


  • The ideal candidate will have a PhD or an equivalent degree in organization and management theory, organizational/economic sociology, or comparative political economy
  • Regardless of background, a keen interest in the interplay of organizations and their institutional contexts is a must
  • Familiarity of and willingness to keep up to date with state-of-the-art research methods in the social sciences
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • A self-driven, independent individual who is keen to lead and work in an international environment

Nice to have:

  • Familiarity with debates on the role of organizations in addressing societal challenges (e.g. social entrepreneurship, social movements, corporate forms of responsibility etc.)
  • Willingness to engage with related debates across the social sciences
  • Familiarity with data handling and analysis (e.g. through Stata/R) is a welcome asset
  • A record of or demonstrated potential to publish work in international outlets

To apply for this position, please visit…. Deadline for full consideration is August 31, 2019. For further questions, please contact Johanna Mair, Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership, at

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