PhD - Research Group on Wealth and Social Inequality, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Publish Date: Feb 13, 2022

Deadline: Feb 28, 2022

For its research group on Wealth and Social Inequality, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) seeks a doctoral student from October 1, 2022.

The focus of the research group lies in investigating the continuity and discontinuity in wealth, especially from a sociological perspective. Institutions, mechanisms, and practices that sustain the retention of wealth over the generations stand at the forefront of this research. Examples include inheritance practices, the role of the family, socialization strategies, philanthropy, and political influence. More information about this research topic can be found on the website - of the Research Group on Wealth and Social Inequality.

The successful applicant will have an excellent degree in sociology or a related subject (M.A. with a minimum of 120 ECTS), a strong interest in academic research, and a proposal for their own research project (maximum 2 pages). The successful candidate needs to have excellent skills in quantitative research methods, an interest in contributing to the development of a data bank, and an excellent command of English.

The doctoral student will be a member of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). 

We look forward to receiving your online application - It should be submitted in English. Applications by email cannot be considered. For further information on the program and how to apply, please visit Applications will be accepted from January 2022 and must be submitted by February 28, 2022.

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