The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne is seeking a
Senior Researcher in the Field of Wealth Research (m/f/d)

for a research project led by Professor Dr. Jens Beckert. The project is funded by the Leibniz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The position is available from August 1, 2022 or by agreement, at the latest by October 1, 2022. Information about the research project on “Wealth and Social Inequality” can be found at

Applicants are required to have a doctoral degree in sociology, political science, or economics, and a publication record appropriate to their career stage. Expertise in qualitative or quantitative research methods is also essential, as is an excellent command of German and English.

The position is available for an initial three-year period, with the possibility of a further three years following successful evaluation. Pay and benefits are based on the German public sector pay agreement (TVöD EG 13; EG 14 after evaluation). The successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue a habilitation and to teach at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (

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. The Institute offers an attractive international research environment.

We look forward to receiving your application in German or English (CV, copies of certificates, list of publications, a selected journal article, project proposal of 2-4 pages, names and addresses of two referees) as one PDF document. Applications can only be submitted via our online application tool. The Max Planck Society advocates diversity and equality. In particular we welcome applications from women and applicants with severe disabilities. The deadline for applications is May 23, 2022.


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 over 80 Max Planck Institutes lies in diversity.      


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