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The Institute of Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a


Postdoctoral Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in, salary level E 13 TV-L, 100%)

for the externally funded project Constructing Learning Outcomes in Europe: A Multi-Level Analysis of (Under)Achievement in the Life Course commencing on 1 September 2024. We are offering a fixed-term fulltime position until 30 September 2025.

Your tasks:

  • Independent research on the externally funded project (interpretation, analysis and comparison of results, reporting and publication)
  • Active participation in project-related events (consortium meetings, workshops, conferences)
  • Independent production of project- and research-related publications (policy briefs, research articles)
  • Organisation of and contribution to further training activities within the project consortium
  • -Presentation of the project results at national and international forums

Our expectations:

  • A graduate degree (such as a master’s degree or German Diplom) and a completed PhD study in education or other comparable fields (e.g., sociology, political science, international relations)
  • Excellent command of English
  • Acquaintance with international and comparative education and life course research
  • Experience working in international and/or other third-party-funded projects

We also welcome:

  • International experience and publications commensurable with your career stage
  • Proficiency in another European language
  • An independent and self-organised working style and ability to agilely handle diverse challenges
  • The ability to work in a team with transparent and trustworthy communication

Advantages for you:

  • The opportunity to take on responsibility and a variety of working tasks for individual growth
  • Cooperation with thirteen consortium partners from eight EU-member countries
  • Support for research activities within and beyond the University of Münster
  • If you have family members or young children in your care, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities
  • As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering occupational training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Parreira do Amaral (Tel. +49 251 83-24226 / Email parreira@uni-muenster.de).

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 2024-05-01 electronically in a single PDF to parreira@uni-muenster.de. Please note that we cannot consider other file formats


Universität Münster

Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft

c/o Prof. Dr. Marcelo Parreira do Amaral

Georgskommende 33

48143 Münster


Reference number: 2024_03_22



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