Research Associate (m/f/d) PostDoc Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft


As a humanistic, sustainable and action-oriented university, Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in education and science. Methodological diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration, transdisciplinary cooperation with practice, and an overall dynamic development characterize its research profile in the fields of education, culture, management and entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Its study model with the Leuphana College, the Leuphana Graduate School and the Leuphana Professional School has won many awards.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg (foundation under public law), Institute of Political Science, Professorship in Comparative Politics (Prof. Dr. Sarah Engler), has a vacancy for a full-time

Research Associate (m/f/d) PostDoc
(salary group EG 13 TV-L)

for a limited period of 2 years at the earliest possible date.

Your tasks:

  • The pursuit of an own research agenda in the field of comparative politics, preferably in the research area of the professorship (e.g. party competition, representation, voting behavior, democracy and democratic backsliding, post-communist democracies, etc.)
  • Collaboration in research activities and the preparation of grant applications
  • Teaching obligation of 1 SWS per semester (one course / year)

Your profile:

  • Completed academic university degree in the field of Political Science (or a similar field) (Master or equivalent)
  • Doctoral degree in the field of Political Science
  • Proven experience in quantitative methods of data analysis
  • Proven experience (or first publications) in comparative politics
  • Dedication, ability to work in a team, and ability to work independently
  • Very good command of English

Our offer:

  • an inspiring working environment as part of the university community of researchers, teachers, students and staff in technology and administration,
  • a workplace at one of the most beautiful university locations in Germany in a former barracks with an internationally acclaimed central building designed by Daniel Libeskind and the directly adjacent nature reserve Wilschenbruch,
  • flexible and family-friendly working hours within a time frame of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m,
  • flexible and family-friendly options for alternating between presence work and mobile work,
  • an extensive internal and external training program
  • a wide range of sports activities sponsored by the university, which employees can take advantage of for one hour per week during working hours,
  • a university-sponsored gastronomic lunch and dinner offer in the refectory,
  • a job ticket for the Hamburg public transport system, sponsored by the university,
  • very good accessibility by public transport (various bus lines from Lüneburg train station) or with the Stadtrad Lüneburg (30 free minutes for each ride)
  • a possibility to borrow cargo bikes for employees of the university
  • a high level of job security as part of the public sector
  • an additional company pension plan through the Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL).

If you have any questions regarding the content of the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Sarah Engler (

Leuphana University of Lüneburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its staff. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority consideration. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Please note our data protection information for applicants (which we currently only have in German).

Please send your full application including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter outlining your motivation and skills, CV including a list of publications, BA, MA and PhD diploma, contact details of two referees, and a writing sample) preferably electronically (as a single merged pdf file) or by mail until October 16, 2022 to:

Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Personal und Recht / Bewerbungsmanagement
Subject: Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (PostDoc)
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg