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Post-Doctoral Researcher (f/m) in Informatics / Human Computer Interaction
University of Bremen
At the University of Bremen the Collaborative Research
Center 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" invites
applications - under the condition of job release - for the
following academic position
Post-Doctoral Researcher in Informatics /
Human Computer Interaction
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: A 11/18
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)Responsibilities
As human-computer interaction researchers, our research
question will focus on co-creation and the empowerment of
social scientists. Our collaboration with world-class social
scientists gives you the chance to work on exciting
real-world problems. We position ourselves in the emerging
field of computational social science, which is an umbrella
term for the adoption of computational methods by social
scientists. Together with a large group of social scientists,
we will build the information system that gives a holistic
picture of the global welfare state.
Your role is defined as building a bridge between technology
and the user by improving the user experience of visualizations.
For this, we are looking for a computer scientist
interested in data science, i. e. machine learning and
visualization. Your focus will be on the user-centered design
and development of novel data visualization tools. 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 support creating the database
management system and the basis system infrastructure.
As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be responsible for the
system’s architecture, the co-creation processes and the
support of doctoral and student researchers. Additionally,
you will be able to pursue your own research activities to
qualify for a future academic career.
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 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.
Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Computer Science,
Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Media, Media
Informatics, or a related field
experience with user-centered and participatory design
experience with computational social science
experience in database design and development
interest in advancing social science by envisioning novel
programming skills in Python, Ruby, Java, or equivalent
object-oriented programming language
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.
If you have any questions regarding the position, please
contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications including a cover letter, a short letter of intent
(up to three pages) explaining your own motivations and
possible research questions, CV, as well as copies of degree
certificates, should be submitted by May 18th, 2018, to
Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter
Am Fallturm 1 (Entrance F)
or by Email: Miss Ewa Zoschke
The costs of application and
presentation cannot be reimbursed.