Researcher (qualitative methods) for Project on Citizenship Acquisition (ACE) (m/w/d/k. A.)

by 01.03.2024

What does the job involve?
What does the job involve? The Migration Department and the Cluster “Data-Methods-Monitoring” are starting a new collaborative innovative research project "Unmaking the Past, Making the Future: an intergenerational analysis of ancestral citizenship and visions of Europe ", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (2024-2027). The project focuses on the intergenerational analysis of citizenship acquisitions specifically based on claims of co-ethnicity and blood-line. Ancestral citizenship provisions have been introduced in different European countries with the intention of unmaking the national past, try-ing to remedy historical mistakes, responding to shifting territorial bor-ders or to the massive emigration that occurred due to economic hard-ship. Yet, they simultaneously make the future of Europe, as they are based on competing visions of Europe and constitute a legal pathway for migration.

Through a mixed methods and multi-level research design, this project analyses: 1) the reasons why citizenship laws based on bloodline emerged and how they have changed over time, in particular with respect to European integration and 2) the shifting motivations for acquiring an ancestral citizenship over time. This historically informed study will unearth the broader ramifications of this seemingly particularistic pathway on the notion of citizenship and legal mobility across the EU.

The project concentrates on the case-studies of Bulgaria, Italy and Germany and is conducted together with the Centre Norbert Elias- CNRS and ISS- Erasmus University Rotterdam.

As part of this project, the Cluster “Data-Methods-Monitoring” is looking for a dedicated researcher (65% of the regular weekly working time) who will conduct the quantitative text-analyses of parliamentary debates and information from internet forums and webpages. The position includes the following task:

  • Further development, implementation and coordination of the whole project, together with PIs.
  • Participation and organization of quarterly project meetings
  • Conducting qualitative fieldwork: analysis of parliamentary debates on citizenship, biographical interviews with post-Soviet immigrants & stakeholder interviews and observations
  • Production of high-quality research & publication of scientific as well as non-scientific outputs, together with project members.
  • Liaising with relevant stakeholders


  • Above-average academic university degree and, if possible, doctorate in social sciences, including political science, geography, sociolegal and other relevant disciplines.
  • Outstanding knowledge on migration and citizenship studies.
  • Solid knowledge on post-Soviet Area studies is desirable.
  • Excellent writing skills for scientific and non-scientific publications.
  • Advanced qualitative methods skills. Openness to apply mixed-methods and to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Outstanding Russian and/or Ukrainian language skills.
  • Excellent English and ideally German language skills.
  • Experience of working in heterogeneous and multicultural teams and collaborative projects.
  • Ability to present complex issues in an intelligible manner to different target groups and to formulate recommendations for political action.
  • Experience in project management or the coordination of third-party funded projects are welcome.

We look forward to receiving applications!

The starting date for the position is 01 May 2024 and the position is available to be taken for 25,35 hours per week. We look forward to receiving applications with the necessary documentation (cover letter, CV,
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• in a single PDF file
by 01.03.2024
• quoting the reference number PR/03/24.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Zeynep Yanaşmayan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Remuneration is based on the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD Bund) and can be paid up to pay group 13 TVöD (federal government) depending on personal requirements. This also includes a company pension (VBL), a special annual payment and capital-forming benefits.

The position is limited to three years. The interviews will take place in late March 2024.

DeZIM ensures the professional equality of persons in accordance with the Federal Equal Opportunities Act (BGleiG). It strives for a balanced gender ratio and a balanced proportion of people with and without a migration background. Applications from women are expressly encouraged. Applications from people of colour and black people as well as applicants with a history of flight or family migration are also expressly welcome. We expressly welcome applications from people who work in the abovementioned fields from marginalised perspectives. People with severe disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified. 


About DeZIM

DeZIM e. V., founded in 2017 as a non-university research institute in the field of migration and integration, is a federal government research organisation responsible for research and development in the areas of family, equality, children and youth, senior citizens and engagement policy.

What do we offer?

  • Flexible working hours
  • A family-friendly working environment
  • An institute with modern equipment
  • The opportunity to work from home
  • Freedom to develop and promote individual strengths  Further training opportunities
  • An open and welcoming culture
  • A central location in the heart of the capital
  • An interesting and challenging job with creative opportunities
  • Exciting and close collaboration with a committed team and with international scholars