Post-Doc Position in Computational Social Science (f/m) (salary group 13 TV-L, 100%, initially for 4 years), Department CSS, Location Cologne


The GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is an internationally active research and service institution that is part of the Leibniz Association in Germany. It is funded by theFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal States.

Our research offices in Cologne are seeking candidates to fill a

Post-Doc Position in Computational Social Science (f/m)

(salary group 13 TV-L, 100%, initially for 4 years)

in collaboration with the Web-Science and Web Technology (WeST) Institute at University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

The department for Computational Social Science is looking for candidates with a background in applied mathematics, physics, computer science or related fields and an interest in social phenomena and modeling. Strong programming skills and experience in one or several of the following fields are desirable:

  • Analysis and mining of web data, social media and/or social streams
  • Large-scale data processing tools and studies
  • Machine learning, clustering and classification algorithms and methods
  • Software and framework development
  • Social modeling and log mining algorithms and techniques

The candidate is expected to develop services and conduct cutting-edge research in one or several of the following domains:

  • Computational social science
  • Social network analysis, network simulations and diffusion
  • Web-Science and Web observatories
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery

The candidate should have completed (or should soon complete) a PhD. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated record of independently designing and conducting research and publishing results in competitive conferences and journals. The open position is intended to serve as a platform for promising researchers (i) to strengthen and develop their own research profile, (ii) to conduct and publish highly competitive research, (iii) to acquire research grants and (iv) to build and lead their own research group.

GESIS offers an exciting environment for interdisciplinary and competitive research on the intersection between computer- and social sciences. GESIS is a research and service organization that provides a research-driven infrastructure for the social sciences and closely collaborates with computer science and social science departments at top universities in Europe and Northern America. Strong candidates can qualify for extensive allowances for research visits and collaborations with partnering universities. Cologne is a culturally diverse and vibrant city (the 4th largest city in Germany with about 1 Mio. people) in the heart of Europe.

GESIS guarantees that employment laws for the disabled and handicapped as well as laws and regulations governing part-time employment will be observed. GESIS is an equal opportunity employer and is certified by the European work & family audit.

We support your career development. Information about career paths and opportunities can be found here.

For more information and details, please feel free to contact JProf. Dr. Claudia Wagner via email (claudia.wagner(at)gesis(dot)org).

We only process online applications. Please apply here until July 15, 2017 or until the position is filled.

The key number is: CSS-29

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