Student Assistant (f/m/x)

For its research group “Globalization, Work and Production”, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is looking for a

Student Assistant (f/m/x)

on a temporary basis, from November 2021 to October 2022 with a weekly working load of 15 hours. The position will be filled subject to funding approval.
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is a publicly financed research institution that conducts leading edge theory-based and problem-oriented social science research ( WZB researchers come from across the globe and work across social science disciplines including sociology, political science, economics, law, and psychology. A member of the Leibniz Association, WZB’s research is directed at the science community, policy makers, the media and the general public.

The student assistant will work for the Fairwork Secretariat at the WZB. The Fairwork Secretariat is a joint project of the Oxford Internet Institute and the WZB, led by Professor Mark Graham (University of Oxford) and Professor Martin Krzywdzinski (WZB). Fairwork is an action-research project that studies the gig economy in order to develop fairness ratings for digital platforms, that are used as a lever to improve working conditions. It currently operates in more than 20 countries.

The student assistant will work with the team at the Fairwork Secretariat to support external communications, events, outreach activities and organizational tasks of the project. The student will particularly assist with the development and management of digital content for our website, newsletter and social media channels, as well as support with the planning of regular events and report launches.
Your tasks and duties
  • Supporting research processes in the Fairwork project
  • Researching academic literature as well as business and media reports on digital platforms
  • Support in conducting and analysing quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews with platform workers
  • Support in the preparation of presentations and reports
  • Support in translating reports and information material (German/English)
  • Copying and scanning
Your qualifications profile
  • At least in the 3rd semester of a bachelor's degree in social sciences or related subjects
  • Basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods and basic handling of relevant software (especially Qualtrics, LimeSurvey)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and German
  • Ability to work in a scientific team as well as independently
  • Knowledge of gig economy and platform work
  • Proficient handling of MS-Office software, especially Excel
Our offer
  • Remuneration in accordance with TV Stud. III of the state of Berlin (currently EUR 12.68 per hour)
  • A well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin
  • International, cooperative, and diversified working environment
  • Integration into the scientific community
  • Flexible working hours and a good work-life balance, and our engagement has been certified by the audit workandfamily and the European Commission’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
  • Cafeteria with modern recreation rooms

Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. We value diversity and welcome all applications – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. WZB expressly encourages women or persons with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the job opening, please contact Dr. Patrick Feuerstein, patrick.feuerstein [at]

For more information about the research group Globalization, Work and Production, follow this

Candidates are kindly requested to upload their applications in English (consisting of a letter of motivation, CV, transcript of records, copies of relevant certificates, and certificate of enrolment) under this link, no later than 19th September 2021.


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