The International Research Training Group IRTG 2804 „Women’s mental health across the reproductive years“ now welcomes applications for:

1 PhD position in the field of Sociology

for a project on “Gender (role) identity and norms and psychosocial function across hormonal transitions”. The position is available for 3 years starting between January and March 2023! For more information on the project, please visit our website:

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.

We offer

  • An interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • A structured PhD program with the opportunity to develop your individual skillset
  • Intensive support, mentoring and career development
  • A stay in Swedens science hub Uppsala University for 6 months
  • Payment is based on the German TV-L scale (E13, 65%).

General requirements

  • Very good master’s degree in sociology or related social science disciplines, such as population studies, economics, or psychology
  • Some knowledge of and ideally experience in applying advanced quantitative methods
  • Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary and internationally collaborative research
  • Scientific interest in the topic of women’s mental health and quantitative methods
  • Interest in a 6-months research stay at Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Social competence and ability to work autonomously as well as in a team
  • Excellent English language skills

Please submit electronically the following documents to :  CV, letter of motivation outlining your match with the goals of this IRTG, a copy of your master thesis, contact information of two referees, as well as all relevant certificates until the 18 December 2022.

Qualified candidates will be selected for an online interview in December 2022 or early January 2023. Primary selection criteria are scientific excellence as mirrored in a timely graduation with excellence, a relevant and quantitative master thesis, as well as a match of expressed research interests with the IRTG’s goals.

How to apply

Please ensure to submit the following documents (ideally compiled to a single pdf file):
CVPlease include copies of certificates and transcripts of records for the bachelor’s and master’s degree.
Letter of motivationPlease describe briefly why you are interested in obtaining a PhD and what fascinates you in your field of research (max. 1 page).
Research exposé Please outline your research interest with reference to the goals of this IRTG. Please also mention why this project seems interesting to you and fits with your expertise (1-2 pages).
Suggestion for two refereesPlease include the contact information of two potential referees (e.g., former mentors or supervisors of your bachelor’s or master’s thesis).
Additional certificatesPlease ensure to add other relevant certificates of educational and academic achievements.

Applications should be submitted by email to

Please be aware that in case of safety concerns, you can also send us password protected zip (7zip) file with your application documents.

Application deadline is 18. December 2022.

Selection procedure

The selection of PhD students for our IRTG 2804 involves the following steps:
1. Screening: Applications will be screened by the steering committee and qualified candidates will be selected for step two. Primary selection criterion is scientific excellence as mirrored in a timely graduation with excellence, a relevant and experimental bachelor/master thesis, as well as a match of expressed research interests with the IRTG’s goals. Secondary criteria are female gender, diversity, and language skills (English). Suitable candidates will be invited to a recruitment symposium.
2. Recruitment interviews:Qualified applicants will be invited to an online recruitment interviews with candidates participating individually via internet. The interviews start with a short introduction of the investigators. Then, candidates shall present their previous scientific work (master thesis) and their motivation to join our projects (5 min). You are welcome to prepare one or two slides for this purpose. Afterwards, a structured interview will follow (20 min) and candidates will be given the opportunity to ask for further details on individual projects, the qualification program and/or the general structure of the IRTG. Candidates will be evaluated using the following criteria: demonstrated academic excellence (timely and above average), proven qualification fitting to IRTG projects, motivation and interest in research to date, achievements in experimental work, quality and coherence of presentations and discussion, and proven ability to work in a team.
3. Final selection:The final selection step is based on a meeting of all IRTG PIs directed by the speaker. Each interview panel will briefly present their conclusions and suggestions followed by an open discussion leading to a grading of each candidate according to the criteria outlined above as excellent (A), very good (B), or good to average (C). C-rated candidates will be rejected. If we have more A-rated candidates than openings, they will be ranked according to our secondary criteria of gender equality, diversity, and language skills. If we have less A-rated candidates than openings, B-rated candidates will be considered for projects too, however, they will only be considered if all PIs agree that they have a prospect of achieving an excellent dissertation within the IRTG.

Successful candidates, who were offered a PhD position, are expected to start between January and March 2023.