Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d) - Post Doc

Post Doc position in Computational Social Sciences and Humanities



Juergen Lerner


+49 (0) 241 25495




Sonja Berg


Lehrstuhl für Methodik und Theorie computerbasierter Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften

Our Profile

The CSSH (Computational Social Sciences and Humanities) group, headed by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Lerner, is a research group at RWTH Aachen interested in understanding social systems and modeling human behavior using computational methods and new kinds of data.
Our group belongs to the Faculty of Philosophy. RWTH ranks among the eleven German universities which were successful in the Universities of Excellence funding line.

More information can be found on our website.

We are looking for a Postdoc, or advanced Phd student, starting in April 2023 (or until filled) until March 2025, and would be pleased to welcome you as part of our team.

Your Profile

You have a doctorate/PhD in a discipline related with computational methods or quantitative data analysis, including but not limited to computer science, statistics, physics, mathematics, or (quantitative) social science.

You have expertise in one or several of the following areas:

- (social) network analysis;

- natural language processing, text analysis;

- machine learning, artificial intelligence;

- statistical data modeling and analysis;

- efficient algorithms for real-world problems, algorithm engineering.

You can work with large data sets and with software and libraries for network analysis, data science, and machine learning.

You are interested in applying methods in the empirical social sciences.

You are dedicated, autonomous, and creative.

You have experience in teaching and in supervising students.

You have excellent English-language skills and are willing to learn German.


Your Duties and Responsibilities

Your Duties and Responsibilities:

As member of our CSSH team, you will do cutting-edge research in the computational social sciences and humanities.

You will supervise students working on related topics.

You will be involved in the teaching duties of the group (4 contact hours).

You will participate in academic administration and support external funds projects.

You will present your work at national and international conferences and publish in leading journals in our discipline.


What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled by 4/1/2023 and offered for a fixed term up to March 31, 2025.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a full-time position.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L.

About us

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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Application deadline:09/04/2023
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl für Methodik und Theorie computerbasierter Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften
Prof.Dr. Juergen Lerner
Theaterplatz 14
52062 Aachen
Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email. For data protection reasons, however, we recommend sending applications via mail.