GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is an internationally active research institute, funded by federal and state governments and member of the Leibniz Association.
Starting as soon as possible, our Department Survey Data Curation, Team Survey Data Augmentation located in Cologne, is looking for a
Democracy Data Expert (PostDoc)
(Salary group 13 TV-L, full time, initially limited to 4 years)
The department Survey Data Curation processes and prepares social science research data across a diverse range of data types to support sociological and political science
research, especially in comparative perspectives across space and time. The team “Survey Data Augmentation” focuses on linking survey data with other data types. We are
currently establishing a Competence Center for Data Access and Linkage for the emerging data infrastructure “Monitoring Electoral Democracy”
Your tasks will be:
Supporting the establishment of the MEDem competence center that will advance data access and linking techniques for democracy and elections research
Exploring advances in data access using metadata models that can support interoperability of relevant data on study and variable level
Exploring advances in data linking using geospatial analysis and/or automated entity recognition from text
Writing grant proposals to advance data access and data linking techniques and tools
Conducting top level research on democracy and elections using linked data from different sources
A PhD in political science or a related discipline with a focus on empirical democracy and/or elections research
Proven understanding of scholarly debates on democracy and/or elections through a high-quality publication record
Advanced skills in the statistical software R, with the focus on either geospatial analysis or automated text analysis
Ability to work together with software developers to create a data infrastructure
Excellent command of the English language
GESIS offers an exciting work environment for interdisciplinary research at the interface between the social sciences and computer science.
As an infrastructure institution, we promote social science research and cooperate with renowned international research institutes.
GESIS supports your career development. We offer a wide range of career opportunities in an attractive and rewarding work environment that allows you to carry out your tasks in a creative and autonomous manner. You will work in an international environment in the heart of Cologne and benefit from our flexible working conditions as well as our extensive internal and external networks.
GESIS is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to disability regulations. The position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.
We are a family-friendly employer and have been certified by the audit Work&Family since 2010.
You will find further information here.
Working as part of a Europe-wide network of scholars on democracy and elections
Being on the cutting edge of data access and linking for political science
Work in an integrated yet flexible team of quantitative social scientists with substantial synergies between survey augmentation projects specializing in geospatial and digital trace data applications
Flexible working hours and the possibility of up to 60% mobile working within Germany
Very good conditions for reconciling work and family life, e.g., subsidies for childcare for children who have not yet attained the age of compulsory schooling
Holistic company health management and discounted participation in the university's sports programme
Generous support for your pension provision as a direct insurance policy
Promotion of your skills through further training measures