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Professor (f/m) of Data Science and Public Policy and Director of Hertie School Data Lab
Hertie School of Governance
The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, a European Professional School for Public Policy,
is recruiting a
Professor of Data Science and Public
Policy and Director of Hertie School
The Hertie School of Governance is an international teaching and research centre of excellence
that prepares students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. Our
international faculty, interdisciplinary in outlook, research, and teaching, offers analytically
challenging and practice-oriented courses in governance, policy analysis, management, and
leadership. As a professional school, the Hertie School faculty has a strong commitment to highquality
teaching. Our goal is to help students grow intellectually in a professional, researchintensive
environment, characterised by public debate and engagement.
The Hertie School is recruiting a scholar for an open-rank faculty position in computational social
science. The desired candidate‘s research will apply advanced computational methods to
the automated retrieval, management, analysis and visualization of social science data with an
application to policy-relevant questions embedded in a core social science (political science,
economics, sociology) or related discipline. The position is full-time and multifaceted. The
professor will advance a distinguished body of personal scholarship and teach in the Hertie
School‘s graduate (MPP, MIA, PhD) and executive programs. At the same time, s/he will serve
as the founding director of the Hertie School Data Lab, a new center at the School. In recognition
of the burgeoning talent in this field, the professorship is open rank. Early-career candidates will
enter a formal tenure track. The intended start date is spring 2019.
The Data Lab will play a central role in the School‘s expansion. Under the supervision of the
Director, Data Lab staff will offer a regular schedule of brief technical and data science microcourses;
provide assistance to the School community with research design, survey design, data
visualization, statistical analysis and programming; and develop, update, curate and publish a
series of flagship governance indicators emerging from faculty research and the Data Lab‘s own
efforts. Public visibility through research, digital scholarship and creative data visualization is
The School will offer substantial resources to support the Director in developing the lab.
We are interested in candidates with highly developed programming skills who demonstrate
the capacity for independent research at the highest levels in their discipline, through a record
of publication in top outlets. The Hertie School seeks faculty dedicated to high-quality teaching
and innovative research of potential interest to the international scholarly community and policymakers.
Candidates are expected to show full commitment to working in an interdisciplinary,
international environment with English as the language of instruction and operation.
We offer an internationally competitive salary in line with the candidate‘s qualifications, a formal
tenure track for early-career faculty, excellent working conditions, a vibrant research environment,
and a lively community of policy debate in the political heart of Germany.
The Hertie School particularly encourages applications from female scholars and from candidates
with international backgrounds.
The deadline for submission of applications is 2 April 2018. The Hertie School will review applications
that include a letter of motivation and a current curriculum vitae (publication list,
degrees earned, if applicable: positions held, teaching experience, research projects, awards
received) two writing samples and, if applicable, teaching evaluations. Applicants should list
contact information for three references. Early career candidates should have three letters of
recommendation sent from professors familiar with their work.