University of Bielefeld: Research Positions with TWINLIFE study

1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (full-time paid)

1 Postgraduate Position (paid 65% of a postdoc position)

in the sociological part of the newly starting DFG long-term project:

“Genetic and social causes of life chances: A genetically informative, longitudinal study of the life course and individual development” (TWINLIFE) (

Employer is Bielefeld University; workplaces are in the SOEP department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin, where the project leader holds a research professorship.

The project is intended to last over 12 years. However, for the moment only the first three years are funded yet, and so are these two positions. The study combines behavioral genetics with sociological and psychological research in the domains of social inequalities, life course, and individual development. During the first three years, the first wave of the study will be realized: 4000 twin pairs in four birth cohorts plus parents, sibling, and partner.

Applicants should have interest and qualifications in social inequality issues, life course research, behavioral genetics, and very strong skills in quantitative data analysis. Interest in interdisciplinary cooperation is required as well. German language proficiency, both in speaking and writing, is very welcome but not precondition for a successful application.

For further information please contact Professor Martin Diewald.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates, list of publications, and two letters of recommendation. Please send your application via email.

Preferred start for both positions is June 1, 2013.

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2013.