Announcement of 12 PhD positions

Deadline for Application: 13.09.2019, more Information here


The research training group focuses on the question how transitions in the life course are formed and produced. Transition research has so far dealt with the structural factors of transitions and their effects on individual agency and life course trajectory. The research training group starts from the assumption that transitions are shaped and produced through social practice. It seeks to complement transition research through the analysis of how transitions emerge, focusing on the interrelation between discourses on transitions, institutional regulation and pedagogical action as well as individual processes of learning, education and coping. Research questions address all life ages from childhood up to old age along three thematic strands:

 Goethe University Frankfurt and Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen are inviting applications for 

12 doctoral student positions 

(TV-L E13, 65% part-time) 

in the DFG Research Training Group „Doing Transitions“ starting on 1st of January 2020 for a fixed term of 3 years, located in Frankfurt and in Tübingen respectively. 

The Research Training Group„Doing Transitions“ investigates how transitions are shaped and created on different individual and societal levels across the life course. It combines the disciplinary perspectives of educational science, sociology, psychology and related social sciences. For a detailed description of the research programme and guidelines for applications see 

The universities are committed to equal opportunities of men and women and therefore invite and encourage women to apply. The centre offers a variety of support for reconciling work and family. Applicants with impairments are prioritised in case of equal qualification. 

Please, send your applications by email (possibly in a single PDF file) to until September 13th 2019. 

Please note: Only the German version of this document is legally binding; this translation is only intended to assist your understanding.