Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d, 75 %) in the Field of Computational Social Science

Call for Applications of GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany. Deadline: December 1, 2021

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.

For the next possible date the Department Computational Social Science (CSS) located in Cologne is looking for a Doctoral Researcher Computational Social Science (Salary group 13 TV-L, working time 75%, limited for three years)

Computational Social Science (CSS) is a new area of research which aims to investigate social science research questions with new kinds of data and methods. The position is part of the project “Political polarization and individualized online information environments: A longitudinal tracking study” that is funded by the funding line Leibniz Collaborative Excellence. The project is a collaboration with the Leibniz-Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut in Hamburg, the University of Bremen and the University of Konstanz.

Your tasks will be:

  • Conducting research on digital media and political polarization
  • Contributing to the collection and preprocessing of surveys and web tracking data (website visits and content)
  • Automated text analysis of political online content
  • Statistical analysis of data collected in the project (web tracking, social media, surveys)
  • Publications with the principal investigators of the project

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in political science, communication science, survey methodology, statistics or a related discipline
  • Knowledge of R is required; knowledge of Python is a plus
  • Experience in automated text analysis
  • Knowledge in at least one of the following research areas: political communication, digital media, political sociology
  • Excellent English language skills in speaking and writing; knowledge of German is a plus

What we offer:

  • Opportunity to write a doctoral thesis using innovative research data
  • We support you in your doctoral studies with our Doctoral Program including a broad selection of training programs
  • An inspiring and interdisciplinary working environment with a friendly and collegial atmosphere as well as an excellent cooperation in the project team
  • Support for your research activities through stays at renowned partner institutions and the opportunity to participate in international conferences
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home in Germany

For further information concerning the position, contact Dr. Sebastian Stier via email (sebastian.stier(at) If you have questions about the application process, please contact Anna Klein via email (anna.klein(at)

Have we aroused your interest?

Please apply via our Online-application portal until 01.12.2021.

Our reference number is: CSS-67

Call for Applications and further information (Link)