Assistant Professor in Social Data Science

Bremen (DE)
Monday, 12 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Jacobs University is a private, state-accredited, English-language university in Bremen. We offer Bachelor, Master and PhD programs in three focus areas: Health, Mobility and Diversity. Our principles are first-class teaching and research, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. As an international university, we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, over 1,500 students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.

The department of Social Sciences & Humanities at Jacobs University Bremen invites applications from interested candidates for the following post, to be filled ideally in September-November, 2021, (subject to negotiation):

Assistant Professor in Social Data Science (f/m/d)

(full-time, initially limited to 3 years)

Job ID 21~16


In this position you will typically take over teaching responsibilities in the following fields with an international perspective:

  • Data Science Concepts and Methods for Social Science Data
  • Data Science applied in Social and Business Contexts
  • Artificial Intelligence in Society and Business

The successful candidate will advise students during their studies and student projects, and will supervise Bachelor, Master, and PhD theses. 

Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to engage in innovative social data science research, to collaborate in an interdisciplinary research team, to raise third-party funded projects, as well as to further develop the Master of Science Program ‘Data Science for Society and Business”.

Your qualifications and experience:

  • PhD degree in Computational Social Science, Sociology, Political Science, Business Administration, Economics, Applied Data Science, or related fields
  • Solid background and expertise in quantitative social sciences and/or in Data Science, Statistics and Computer Science, with a strong connection to Social Science Data
  • Internationally visible background at the interface of social science and data science adapting innovative analytical methods for application to the ever-growing new forms of social data to study diverse aspects of society
  • Experience and success in teaching in international and diverse environments
  • Documented teaching experience in social sciences e.g. in sociology, political science, economics, or demography and courses related to quantitative methods/data science
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interest in innovative teaching methods
  • Strong publication record related to data-based approaches in social science research
  • Experience in transferring research knowledge to solving problems in business, administration or management
  • Responsible, self-motivated person able to work independently and as a part of a diverse team
  • Fluent in English, the language of instruction and communication on campus
  • Intercultural experience and competencies will be considered as additional assets

What you can expect:

According to the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Jacobs University is placed 33rd among the best Young Universities in the world and is scored 9th place in the category “Teaching”. In the “Research” and “International Outlook” categories, it is among the top 30. Among all universities below 5000 students, THE ranked Jacobs 19th in the world in 2020.

In addition to an exciting and varied range of tasks, we offer flexible working hours, individual training opportunities, sports activities and participation in language courses on our campus.

Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from candidates who would further diversify our faculty.

Your application:

Please upload your documents in a single PDF document, including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio and publication record, copies of certificates and diplomas, certification of English proficiency (optional), the names and addresses of two referees, and the expected level of appointment here.

The deadline for submission of applications is 23.05.2021. The offered position is a tenure track post, with review of performance after three and six years respectively. Please note that an assistant professor at Jacobs University corresponds roughly to the lecturer or early senior lecturer rank in the Commonwealth usage. For further questions, please contact our Dean, Prof. Dr. Arvid Kappas, via email a.kappas@jacobs-university.de or phone +49 421 200-4334.