Universität Hamburg

Research Associate in the DFG Graduate Program "Collective Decision-Making" (12 positions) § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

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Institution: Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Humanities 
Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L 
Start date: 01.11.2023, fixed for a period of three years (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]). 
Application deadline: 30.04.2023 
Scope of work: part-time 
Weekly hours: 75 % of standard work hours per week

The English language graduate program is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is concerned with the descriptive and normative dimensions of collective decision-making. It provides doctoral researchers in Economics, Philosophy and Political Science with a structured qualification program to do their doctorate in one of the three disciplines. The research program conceptualizes collective decision-making as a complex and interactive process involving individual preferences, epistemic and normative beliefs, as well as decision-making procedures and institutions. It integrates theoretical and empirical research, including experimental methods. The qualification program and supervision strategy will provide doctoral researchers with both the specialist disciplinary knowledge and skills for studying collective decision-making, as well as the interdisciplinary competence to converse across the three disciplines. The interdisciplinary research environment will support doctoral researchers in their efforts to make innovative contributions in their dissertations. Researchers completing the program will stand out for their ability to engage in advanced theoretical, empirical, and normative reasoning about collective decision-making and generate new ideas concerning the design of procedures to tackle the complex governance problems of modern society.


Active participation in a structured graduate program.

Specific Duties

Research associates have to complete the doctoral qualification program and to write a doctoral dissertation in Economics, Philosophy or Political Science on a topic related to the research program of the graduate program. Presence in Hamburg is required (except for research related absences).


A Master's degree in a research-oriented Master's program in Economics, Philosophy or Political Science or in an interdisciplinary Master's program involving these disciplines. The Master's program should be closely related to the graduate program. On completion of the Master's degree (including a Bachelor's degree) applicants must have reached the equivalent of 300 ECTS points. The Master's degree must have been awarded by a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher education. Research associates must have an excellent command of English.

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

Instructions for applying



Reference number 

Von-Melle-Park 9 
20146 Hamburg 
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Application deadline 

Applications should include a tabular curriculum vitae, a personal statement, an outline of a research project the candidate would like to pursue (about 1000 words), copies of degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records for previous studies (Bachelor and Master), two academic reference letters, a substantial academic writing sample of about 5000 words (e.g. an excerpt of the candidate's master's thesis or a term paper) and if necessary ID attesting to your disability or proof of equivalent status. Personal statements should describe general academic interests and fit with the graduate program. We particularly encourage candidates with an interest in the following topics to apply: the role of AI and digital technology in collective decision-making, theories of causation, epistemology, behavioral and experimental economics. Applications should be sent in one single pdf via the online application form only. Reference letters may be sent separately to bewerbungen@uni-hamburg.de by mentioning the application reference number.

Online interviews with shortlisted candidates will be scheduled in May or June 2023.

If you experience technical problems, send an email to bewerbungen@uni-hamburg.de.

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