Post-Doctoral Researcher in Computational Social Science

At the University of Bremen the Collaborative Research Center 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" invites applications for the following academic position - under the condition of job release -

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Computational Social
Science Salary Scale TV-L 13 (100%), start date: as soon as possible. 
The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021 
Reference Number: A11/18

The position is part of the Collaborative Research Center "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) funded by the German Research Foundation and will be located within the project A01: Measuring the global dynamics of social policy and cross-national interdependencies - Co-Creating the Global Welfare State Information System (WeSIS)

Project Description
The CRC comprises 15 projects and is divided into two sections. Projects in section A mainly rely on macro quantitative techniques to analyse and explain social policy dynamics in a global perspective. In the projects of section B, the mechanisms that link international interdependencies and national determinants to the spread, inclusiveness, and generosity of social policy dynamics are analysed by applying qualitative case study analyses. Project A01, led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter, Prof. Dr. Ivo Mossig and Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt, aims to quantify the dynamics of socio-political interdependencies between countries on a global scale. For this, a web-based information system will be developed, which allows a comprehensive analysis of such interdependencies and which will empower social scientists to leverage state-of-the-art machine learning and visualization tools. This system will be co-created by an interdisciplinary team of political scientists, geographers, and computer scientists. Together, we will envision, implement and evaluate novel software tools and techniques. The web-based information system will be the first to enable the dynamic measurement of social policy and horizontal and vertical interdependencies between countries on a global scale. WeSIS will also aggregate the findings of the collaborative research center in a central space. Eventually, WeSIS will contain data on social policy, country-specific characteristics, and political, economic, and social interdependencies across states as well as the countries' integration into International Organisations.

As human-computer interaction researchers, our research question will focus on co-creation and the empowerment of social scientists. Together with a large group of social scientists, we will build the first information system that gives a holistic picture of the global welfare state.

Your role is defined as building a bridge between computer science and social science. For this, we are looking for a computer scientist with experience in computational social science or a social scientist with proven experience in database design, machine learning and human-computer interaction. You will manage the co-creation activities around the projects. This entails the development and evaluation of the interaction design of the platform. Together with your project partners, you will be part of the development of the information system, which will be made available as a web platform. You will be able to develop your own research agenda based on the context of the project and with support by 4 Ph.D. candidates.


  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Media, Media Informatics with a clear focus on Computational Social Science or Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Social Science with deep knowledge in database design, machine learning and Human-Computer Interaction
  • leadership abilities
  • proven experience with user-centered and participatory design
  • proven experience with database management systems and machine learning
  • interest in advancing social science by developing an online information system
  • Level C1 in English
  • Level B2 in German and interest in extending to C1


  • proven experience with web development
  • proven experience with co-creation

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its diversity policies and offers a family-friendly working environment as well as an international atmosphere. The University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men and women alike, and therefore strongly encourages women to apply for the positions offered. Applicants with disabilities will be considered preferentially in case of equal qualifications and aptitudes. The University of Bremen explicitly invites individuals with migration backgrounds to apply.

There is no teaching requirement.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (

Applications including a cover letter, a short letter of intent (up to three pages) explaining your own motivations and possible research questions, CV, a list of publications, as well as copies of degree certificates, should be submitted by February 20th, 2018 to:

Information Management Research Group Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter Am Fallturm 1 (Entrance F) D-28359 Bremen or by Email to: Miss Ewa Zoschke (

The costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.