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Post-Doc_Labor Demography

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is seeking to appoint a full-time post-doctoral researcher to join the Research Group on Labor Demography.

We welcome applications from researchers with a PhD in demography, sociology, economics, statistics, epidemiology, or a similar field. The successful candidate will work on a project aimed at understanding which factors are shaping the length of working life, and they will develop their own agenda within this project. We are seeking creative, self-driven, and collaborative scholars. Strong quantitative analysis skills are required. Knowledge of R or Stata is an advantage, as is experience with longitudinal data analysis, causal inference, or labor market research.

We provide a stimulating research-oriented community, an excellent infrastructure, and opportunities to work with exciting datasets. The successful applicant will be offered a contract for up to 4 years with remuneration commensurate to experience (starting from approx. 57,000 EUR gross per year for researchers who have just completed their PhD, up to approx. 71,000 EUR gross per year for more senior scientists), based on the salary structure of the German public sector (Öffentlicher Dienst, TVöD Bund). It is expected that successful applicants will be in residence at the MPIDR. Support for relocation costs is available.

Please apply online via the following survey and include in a single PDF file:

  • Letter of interest (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 3 pages, focusing on your most relevant achievements)
  • A writing example (e.g., one of your publications)
  • Contact information for up to 2 academic referees

In order to receive full consideration, please apply by August 15. Interviews are planned for September. The exact starting date is flexible. Applicants should have completed their doctoral degree; however, PhD students who expect to obtain their degree in 2022 or early 2023 may apply.

For inquiries about the position, please contact Christian Dudel at

The MPIDR is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of 86 institutes that form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, social sciences and the humanities. They offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.

The Max Planck Society offers a broad range of measures to support the reconciliation of work and family. These are complemented by the MPIDR’s own initiatives. For more information, see:

In addition, there are a range of central initiatives and measures primarily geared towards helping young female researchers and mothers to advance their career. See the link below for some examples:

We value diversity and are keen to employ individuals from minorities and under-represented groups.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


Information on data protection for applicants 

Contact data of the responsible institution

Responsible in legal terms is the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG), Hofgartenstraße 8, 80539 München, phone: +49 89 2108-0, 

Contact data of the data protection officer 

The data protection officer of the responsible institution is Ms. Heidi Schuster, Hofgartenstraße 8, 80539 München, phone: +49 89 2108-1554, e-mail: 

Purpose and legal basis of the data processing 

We process your personal data for the purpose of your application for an employment relationship, an apprenticeship or a trainee relationship. As far as your personal data are required for the performance of the application procedure, the legal basis for saving the data is Art. 88 EU General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, in conjunction with § 26 (1) Federal Data Protection Act, BDSG. In case you have given additionally your explicit consent for the processing of your personal data for specific, optional purposes, the legal basis for this is § 26 (2) BDSG as well as Art. 6 para. 1a GDPR. A given consent can be withdrawn at any time, Art. 7 GDPR. Should it be necessary for legal prosecution, after the end of the application procedure, to store your data for a longer period of time this will be done to protect our legitimate interests in asserting or defending claims based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. In addition, we check your required data against sanctions lists of the currently binding EU regulations. This is processing that is necessary for the fulfillment of a legal obligation (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c DSGVO). 

Recipient of the data 

Your personal data will only be passed on to those internal departments that require this data to fulfil contractual and legal obligations, such as the personnel department, the department management, the respective interest groups. It will not be passed on to third parties. 

Storage period 

In case of a successful application, we transfer your data into your personal file and into our personnel management system. In the event of rejection, your data will be deleted at the latest six months after the end of the application procedure. If you give your explicit consent to the inclusion of your data in our applicant pool, they will be deleted after two years. If costs were reimbursed to you in connection with the invitation to an interview, we are legally obliged to keep the necessary accounting data for 10 years. Within the scope of checking against sanctions lists, the respective legal periods are observed. 

Rights of the person concerned 

In general, you have the right of access to your data, Art. 15 GDPR, the right to rectification of inaccurate personal data, Art. 16 GDPR, the right to erasure of the data if they have been processed unlawfully, Art. 17 GDPR, as well as the right to restriction of processing, Art. 18 GDPR, and data portability, Art. 20 GDPR. A given consent can be withdrawn at any time, Art. 7 GDPR. Furthermore, you have the right of appeal to the supervisory authority. For the MPG this is the Bavarian regional data protection supervisory authority (Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht), Postfach 1349, 91504 Ansbach. 

In order to assert your rights, please contact:  
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Karolin Kubisch  
Konrad-Zuse-Straße 1, D-18057 Rostock, Germany