The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) invites applications from postdoctoral researchers (m/f/div) in Social Science in the following project areas:

- Political Economy (Prof. Dr. Lucio Baccaro)
- Economic Sociology (Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert)

The MPIfG offers two-year contracts based on the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD E 13), starting on October 1, 2022. The Institute provides an attractive environment for postdoctoral researchers to pursue their own research projects within the scope of the Institute’s research program.

Successful candidates are chosen on the basis of scholarly excellence, a research proposal outlining a project to be pursued at the MPIfG (up to 3 pages), and a job interview in person or via video conference. Postdoctoral researchers have their own office at the MPIfG. Postdocs must reside in the Cologne area, take their workplace at the Institute, and actively participate in the intellectual life of the Institute.

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 look forward to receiving your online application. It should be submitted in English or German. Applications by email cannot be considered. For further information on the program and on how to apply, please look here. The deadline for applications is January 31. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been successful in April.


Talent, creativity and passion - those are the qualities the Max Planck Society relies on. The Society supports employees irrespective of their gender, nationality, religion, disabilities, age, cultural background or sexual identity. After all, the basis for the cutting-edge research conducted at 86 Max Planck Institutes lies in diversity. 


Dr. Susanne Berger
Research Coordinator  
+49 221 27 67 174

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Paulstrasse 3 | 50676 Cologne
Twitter: @MPIfG_Cologne

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