Job Offer

Research Assistant

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, located in the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock, is one of the leading demographic centers in the world, with a current workforce of approx. 135 people. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of over 80 institutes that together form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. We are recruiting a 

Research Assistant

in full-time position (39 hours/week), limited to 1.5 years, and to start as soon as possible.

Your Responsibilities

  • Assisting in the project “Strengthening a reliable evidence base for monitoring the COVID-19 and other disasters”, a temporary research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation
  • Supporting the colleagues in the Laboratory of Demographic Data in their work on the Human Fertility Database, Human Mortality Database, and the Human Life Table Database, with activities e.g., involving Internet research, database work, and user contact
  • Developing, creating and maintaining a catalog with information on various internal data sets for use by all Institute employees
  • Assisting the research work of colleagues in the Laboratory of Demographic Data and the whole Institute
  • Creating supplementary documents and tables

Your Profile

  • A bachelor degree from a university or another institution of higher education or an equivalent degree, preferably in the social and economic sciences, epidemiology, computer science, data science, mathematics, or statistics
  • A strong interest in providing services to science and in collaborating with the scientific community
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Sound knowledge of standard software applications (MS Office)
  • Knowledge of programming language R and of standard statistical software packages (e.g., STATA) is desirable

Our Offer

  • An interesting and varied position at an international research institute at the very forefront of population science
  • A highly motivated team
  • Full-time position limited to 1.5 years and in a maritime environment (39 hours / week)
  • Remuneration at pay Scale 11 based on the salary structure of the German public sector (Öffentlicher Dienst, TVöD-Bund); company pension scheme
  • A modern, family-friendly workplace (flexible working hours, teleworking, and a guaranteed place in a daycare center if required)
  • Occupational health promotion

Did we pique your interest?

Then please submit your full application (in English) by April 30, 2021, including a covering letter, a CV, and copies of certificates, to

Our Institute values diversity and is keen to employ individuals from minorities.

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.

For inquiries or contact, please get in touch with Dr. Dmitri Jdanov (

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Laboratory of Demographic Data
Konrad-Zuse-Straße 1
18057 Rostock

For information about the Institute, please see

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.