The team works on occupational injury, unemployment and pension policies and needs support in researching/processing data and literature. The working time is 8 to 10 hours per week.

The Project A02 Global Dynamics of Coverage and Generosity in Work-Injury Compensation, Unemployment and Old-Age Pensions at the CRC 1342 is looking for a

student assistant (f/m/d)

working 8 to 10 hours per week. Start date: As soon as possible. The position initially runs until the end of 2022, but can be prolonged incrementally by mutual agreement until the end of the year 2024. Breaks of up to three months for, e.g., internships are possible, but need to be communicated in advance.

Project A02 is part of the Collaborative Research Centre 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" which is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).

The project examines the development of social policy since 1880 across all countries of the globe. In particular, the research assistant’s work would focus on coverage and generosity of work-injury and unemployment policies. There are many different tasks, so the research assistant could have some choice over what they prefer to do.

Potential Tasks

  • Literature reviews and reference management in the area of welfare state research
  • Contributing to data collection, data processing and data analysis
    • Finding data sources using various internet-based research methods
    • Coding written laws and secondary sources into a comparative database
    • Developing a codebook and strategy for comparative analysis and data sharing publicly
    • Learning and supporting statistical analysis
  • Working in English primarily, with some German


  • Ongoing studies in Political Science, Sociology or similar
  • Interest in at least one of the following areas: comparative welfare studies, social policy, legal history or work-injury and unemployment law
  • Basic knowledge of qualitative or quantitative methods (the latter preferably with R or Stata)
  • Very good English skills
  • Ability to use or willingness to learn Zotero reference management software
  • Advanced skills in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Data coding skills are welcome, but not necessary

We offer

  • Insights into a fascinating field of work and research
  • The opportunity to work in a friendly, interdisciplinary team
  • An hourly wage in accordance with the usual rates at the University of Bremen
  • The possibility to write a BA/MA thesis on a topic related to the project

Please send your short application (including letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, transcripts of records and, if applicable, degree certificates) as one PDF file to Nate Breznau ( Feel free to email with any questions. We will fill the position as soon as we find a good candidate.

Dr. Nate Breznau
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Stra├če 5
28359 Bremen