Doctoral Position in Political Science
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich Faculty of Social Sciences

Doctoral Position in Political Science (m / f / d; TV-L E 13, 65%, 4 years)

Facility: Faculty of Social Sciences

(Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science (Chair of Empirical Theory of Politics - Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill))

Instrumentation Date:   01/10/2019

End of the application deadline:                05/31/2019

Salary Scale:       E13

limitation:            4 years

It is a part-time job. (Number of hours: 65%)


The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is one of the most renowned and largest universities in Germany.



The successful applicant wants to start the position on 1 October 2019 (or earlier) as part of the Emmy Noether Research Group "EUPLEX - Coping with Policy Complexity in the European Union", headed by Dr. med. Steffen Hurka. The project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has officially started on April 1, 2019 and will run for six years, given a successful mid-term evaluation in April 2022. Pursuing a mixed-method approach, EUPLEX addresses the following central research questions: (1) How can we capture the complexity of policy content in the European Union conceptually, measure it empirically and thereby make it comparable systematically? (2) Which factors account for varying degrees of policy complexity and which political and institutional determinants? (3) How is policy complexity processed by the EU's political institutions and how does it affect the member states?



• Contribution to the project's conceptual and theoretical development, as well as its data collection efforts (both quantitative and qualitative).

Co-authorship of project publications and presentations at international conferences.

• Development of a dissertation in the broader context of the research project.

• Coordination of and cooperation with student research assistants.


Required qualifications:

• Completed, very good MA in Political Science, with a focus on policy analysis and / or European Union politics.

• Solid knowledge of at least one statistical software (R or Stata).

• Skills in automated data collection and text analysis are an advantage.

Fluency in English and excellent writing skills.

• Reliability, creativity and passion about scientific work.


We offer:

• Employment for a period of 4 years (TV-L E 13, 65%), given the successful midterm evaluation of the DFG project in April 2022.

• An inspiring research environment at an excellent university.


LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence and diversity. Applicants with disabilities

Your workplace is centrally located in Munich and is very easy to reach by public transport. We offer you an interesting and responsible job with good training and development opportunities. Handicapped candidates are preferred with otherwise substantially equal suitability. The application of women is welcomed.


address for applications

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science

Chair of Empirical Theories of Politics

Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Knill

Oettingenstr. 67

80538 Munich


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. med. Steffen Hurka ( 31 May 2019 to:

Email: Please email your application including a letter of motivation, a CV, copies of your degrees, and a writing sample (eg a term paper) by 31 May 2019 to: E-Mail:

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