Vacancy: Phd Researcher for labour migration and welfare state

PhD Researcher

Salary Scale TV-L 13, part-time 65%, start date: as soon as possible.

The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021.

Reference number: A28/18

The position is part of the Collaborative Research Center “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) funded by the German Research Foundation and will be located within the project

B04: Open welfare states? Social protection of labour migration and the feedback effects on national policies

Project Description

The CRC comprises 15 projects and is divided into two sections. Projects in section A mainly rely on macro quantitative techniques to analyse and explain social policy dynamics in a global perspective. In the projects of section B, the mechanisms that link international interdependencies and national determinants to the spread, inclusiveness, and generosity of social policy dynamics are analysed by applying qualitative case study analyses.

Cross-border labour migration challenges national social security systems. In this project, led by Prof. Dr. Susanne K. Schmidt, we analyse how the welfare state in migrants’ countries of origin and destination changes and is transformed, and we do so against the background of the growing importance of global labour migration. The project sheds a light on different existing regulations like the portability of social benefits that have been established in different regional trade regimes such as the EU, Mercosur, Caricom and Asean. Furthermore, in case studies, we will investigate the feedback effects of social protection of labour migration on social policy for immobile groups of society.


To write a PhD thesis, focusing on case studies in the Asean and Mercosur. Data collection, interviews, research support for the other members of the team.


  • M.A. Degree in Political Science, or related
  • In-depth knowledge of comparative regionalism and/or social policy
  • Expertise in policy analysis, qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Working knowledge of German preferred (or strong interest and willingness to learn German)

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its diversity policies and offers a family-friendly working environment as well as an international atmosphere.

The University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men and women alike, and therefore strongly encourages women to apply for the positions offered. Applicants with disabilities will be considered preferentially in case of equal qualifications and aptitudes. The University of Bremen explicitly invites individuals with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Susanne K. Schmidt,

Applications including a cover letter explaining your motivation, CV, copies of degree certificates, should be submitted by February 20th, 2018 to:

Prof. Dr. Susanne K. Schmidt
Universität Bremen
Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS)
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen
or by Email (including up to two PDF files; reference number) to:

The costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.