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Doctoral student/PhD student (m/f/d) (researcher)

The BIBB research project "Heterogeneity of training occupations - segments in vocational education and training" has immediate vacancies for two positions as a

Doctoral student/PhD student (m/f/d) (researcher)

with 75 % of the regular weekly working hours (currently 29.25 hours) for a limited period of three years. An extension of one additional year is possible. The positions are within Department 1 "Vocational Education and Training Research and Vocational Education and Training Monitoring", Division 1.5 "Research Data Centre" (BIBB-FDZ).

Project description:

In Germany, vocational education and training plays a central role in individual qualification and employment careers as well as in securing a skilled workforce. The occupation in which an individual has obtained his/her qualification is the decisive factor for opportunities in the German labour market. Against this background, the research project "Heterogeneity of training occupations - segments in vocational education and training" deals with the topics of vocational
education and social inequality, primarily from a sociological and economic perspective. In particular, it is concerned with the question of differences in the requirements, institutional arrangements and typical training conditions of dual and so-called "school-based" training occupations, and their consequences for unequal employment opportunities in the labour market. To explain these inequalities, the project uses and further develops labour market segmentation theories, more recent approaches in sociological occupational research, and work on the institutional design of training occupations. It empirically examines respective inequalities with quantitative data on individuals and training occupations; in addition to administrative and survey data, the curricula of training occupations will be prepared and evaluated as a data source.

The project will examine the following questions, among others:

  • To what extent do training occupations differ in terms of their requirements, institutional arrangements and typical training conditions?
  • Do certain training occupations have similar characteristics and do these occupations form relatively closed (i.e. homogeneous) training occupation segments with their own functional logics of training?
  • How prevalent are these segments in Germany, e.g. measured by the number of new apprentices? Are there regional differences in the prevalence of these segments?
  • Do training graduates from the distinct occupational segments differ in terms of labour market trajectories and labour market success?
  • What impact does the Corona pandemic have on the segments, e.g. with regard to the number of individuals starting their apprenticeships in the segments?

The successful applicants develop a dissertation research question in line with the overall project theme. Overlap between project and doctoral work is strongly encouraged in order to exploit synergy effects. The project maintains close ties and the possibility of a dissertation at the universities of Cologne, Bamberg, Braunschweig and Siegen. Experienced researchers will assist in the search for a dissertation supervisor. If you are already affiliated to a university and there is a thematic fit, this can be included in the project.

The PhD students also participate in BIBB's graduate program. The graduate program offers optimal conditions for doctoral studies through a comprehensive qualification and advisory program as well as exchange and networking opportunities.
For information on the content of the project, please contact the project leaders Dr. Daniela Rohrbach-Schmidt and Anett Friedrich.
For questions about the graduate program at the BIBB, contact Dr. Judith Offerhaus.

Tasks and responsibilities:

As a doctoral researcher, you will be involved in the work of the research project and you will take on the following tasks as part of your role:

  • Completion of a doctorate on a project-related research question,
  • Preparation and analysis of quantitative secondary data, especially on individuals and training occupations
  • Publication of research results in national and international peer-reviewed journals,
  • Preparation of research results for the international and national research community as well as for VET policy-makers and practitioners,
  • Presentation of research results at thematically relevant national and international conferences,
  • Cooperation and networking with project partners,
  • Participation in the conception of the content and organisational implementation of the project,
  • Drafting of project reports,
  • Continuous and active participation in BIBB’s graduate programme.

Your profile:

  • You have completed or are about to complete a higher education degree (Master's or comparable degree), preferably in the field of social sciences or economics, with at least the grade "good" or equivalent degree classification.
  • You are particularly interested in scientific research, especially regarding vocational training, education, occupations and inequality.
  • You have preliminary ideas for a PhD project and, as part of the job, you are able to integrate them into the research project and develop them conceptually on your own.
  • You have very good knowledge of multivariate quantitative methods for analysing data and experience in the use of appropriate analysis software (e.g. Stata or R).
  • You have strong communication and writing skills in English (at least at level C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages), and preferably in German
  • You are characterised by an independent, structured and goal-oriented way of working. You are highly motivated and have the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. You are resilient, flexible and willing to travel.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Cover letter / letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Higher education certificates, school and training certificates
  • Short proposal (max. two pages, in German or English) outlining ideas for a possible research question of the doctoral thesis
  • Optional reading sample (e.g. term paper or final thesis)


Classification: Pay group 13 TVöD

The grouping is carried out in application of § 12 of the TV EntgO Bund.

BIBB actively promotes work-life balance. We have been certified as a family-friendly employer since 2010 and offer, among other things, flexible working hours and a variety of part-time models, mobile working (up to 50% of working hours) and a hotline for family support services. For more information, please visit http://www.bibb.de/beruf-familie or https://www.berufundfamilie.de/english-info.

We welcome applications from people of all nationalities. People with severe disabilities are preferred if they have the same qualifications. Applications from women are expressly encouraged.

We use the Interamt electronic applicant management system. We look forward to receiving your complete application, indicating the reference number 46/22, by 15.06. 2022

at: https://interamt.de/koop/app/stelle?id=804836 (Interamt-ID: 804836).

We apologize for any inconvenience.

You may find information regarding the processing of your personal data within the recruitment process (Section 13 GDPR) at www.bibb.de/stellenangebote (information in German).