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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship/Position

Prof. Dr. Paul W. Thurner


The Chair for Empirical Political Research at the Institute of Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship-Position in ‘Quantitative Political Science Methods’ (‚Assistant Professor‘, Full time)

for a period of max. 6 years, commencing in March or September 2018.

The ideal candidate should have a range of statistical skills, including excellent knowledge of design based causal inference methods for observational data, program evaluation techniques and/or (field-/survey-/lab-)experimental methods. She or he should have a strong interest in political science / political economy / public policy applications. A successful candidate is expected to publish in international academic journals. She or he should develop and direct projects and attract research grants.

Teaching load is 2 courses per semester.

Research projects at the chair are related to: inferential network analysis (arms trade networks), security/defense, intrastate conflicts, energy, and electoral and survey research. The chair closely collaborates with LMU's Statistics Department.


  • Completed (or close to completion) PhD in political science or closely related field
  • Research interests in quantitative political methodology with applications in IR or comparative political science
  • Excellent knowledge of causal inference methods
  • Strong organizational skills

As an equal opportunity employer, LMU particularly encourages applications from female candidates and persons with disabilities.

Applications should include:

  • a CV (including a list of publications, a list of courses followed, graduate school transcripts and a list of conference presentations)
  • a writing sample
  • contact data/names of two references

Questions regarding the post-doctoral research position should be be addressed to Prof. Paul W. Thurner ( Please send applications to:

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018