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  • Senior project manager / experienced researcher (full-time or part-time) Full job advertisement here

Limited initially to 1 year Research associate (50%)

For a bilateral research project with Chilean partners, we are looking (subject to approval by the project executing agency) for a scientific assistant on a part-time basis from 01 August 2019. The aim of the project is to assess the status quo of vocational education and training in the mining sector in Chile and to identify future qualification needs in the field of sustainability and industry 4.0.

Your tasks:

  • You provide technical and organisational support to the project management. You will take on scientific subtasks independently.
  • You undertake literature searches and prepare qualitative and quantitative analyses on the subject of continuing education.
  • You will conduct expert interviews (in Germany) and develop the necessary survey instruments as part of a team.
  • Together with the project management you will bring together the results of the various project partners.
  • You actively participate in workshops and technical discussions with various actors in Chile and Germany.
  • You present (partial) results in written and verbal form to the expert public.

Your profile:

  • You have a university degree, preferably in education, social sciences or economics.
  • In addition, you have initial professional research experience in the field of education and training.
  • Very good knowledge of Spanish (min. C1) is required. You are also fluent in German and English.
  • You are willing to take business trips of several weeks. It is planned to take part in two research stays in Chile lasting approximately ten to fourteen days.
  • You can deal with the qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research.
  • Your work is characterized by an analytical, structured and goal-oriented way of thinking and proceeding.
  • You are strong in communication and have very good written and verbal skills.
  • You are very familiar with Microsoft Office and at least one statistics program (SPSS or Stata).

We offer you the opportunity to participate in a practical and application-oriented research project. You can expect a challenging and varied job at the interface between theory and practice. You will work in an intercultural and interdisciplinary team. As a FiBS employee, you will be part of an internationally established institution in the field of educational and social economics. The working conditions at FiBS enable a good balance to be struck between family, leisure and career.

The position is initially limited to one year according to the duration of the project. However, there is interest in long-term employment. It is a part-time position (50%), which may be increased. Remuneration is based on TVöD 13.

Please send us your meaningful documents: FiBS Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs, Michaelkirchstraße 17/18, 10179 Berlin or to For further questions please contact Dr. Michael Cordes (030 / 8471 223-15).

Please note that we cannot return your application documents. Therefore, please do not submit any originals. We will destroy your documents at the end of the procedure.

Research Associates

To strengthen our quantitative and qualitative empirical research in the field of education, we’re looking for an economist or social scientist with a specialization in higher education and/or (advanced) vocational training, as well as a psychologist or pedagogy/education expert specialized in primary and secondary education and (advanced) vocational training.

In addition to a college degree and preferably a PhD, you will have worked for one or two years as a researcher and project manager in the education and social economy sector. Also necessary are expertise in the educational sciences, strong analytical and methodological skills, knowledge of politics, and some experience in project acquisition, writing reports, and giving presentations. Excellent computer skills (including statistics programs) are a must, as is familiarity with working in an interdisciplinary, intercultural team. Experience in project management and in dealing with decision-makers in politics, business, society, and science and scholarship is desirable.

Your strengths include quality and time management, high performance under pressure, and taking pleasure in demanding work. In addition to excellent German and English skills you know at least one additional foreign language.
With customers in Germany and abroad, FiBS offers challenging and diverse work on projects that straddle the border between theory and cutting-edge practice. We would like to the fill the position as soon as possible.

The salary follows the guidelines laid out in the collective bargaining agreement TV-L West, although performance-based adjustments are possible in line with the terms stipulated by our clients. FiBS is interested in making a longer-term hire.

Please send a thorough application including a sample of your work and salary expectations to: FiBS Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie, Michaelkirchstraße, 10179 Berlin, or to Mr. Michael Cordes, PhD,

Student Research Assistants

At the earliest possible date, we are looking to hire one or two student research assistants to support our team. Depending on previous knowledge and experience, the job includes research and organizational tasks.

Ideally you are pursuing a degree in a field relevant to our work, such as economics, sociology, political science, psychology, or pedagogy. In addition, you have outstanding computer skills (MS Office, knowledge of CMS, statistics programs desirable) and excellent command of German and English. Interest in the Institute’s areas of expertise and in political education is essential. Practical office experience is an advantage.

Research assistants preferably work an average of 16 hours/week, although hours can vary. The position offers challenging and diverse work and a wage of 12.50 EUR/hour. We’re interested in making a longer-term hire, i.e. a contract with FiBS would last until you have finished your degree.

Please send a thorough application and samples of your work to: FiBS Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie, Michaelkirchstraße 17/18, 10179 Berlin, or via email to Dr. Michael Cordes,