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.

Starting on August 1st, 2021, the Department Computational Social Science (CSS) is looking for a

Doctoral Researcher

(Salary group 13 TV-L, working time in 75%, 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 “Tracking the effects of negative political communication during election campaigns in online and offline communication environments” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The main research focus of the project is the German federal election 2021.

Your tasks will be:

  • Conducting research and write a dissertation on the effects of negative political communication
  • Conducting quantitative text analysis of negativity in political communication
  • Contributing to the collection and preprocessing of web tracking data (website visits and content)
  • Analysis of data collected in the project (web tracking, social media, surveys, mobile experience sampling)
  • Publications with the principal investigators of the project

Your profile:

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

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


Have we aroused your interest?

Please apply via our Online-application portal until 25.06.2021
Our reference number is: CSS-60

GESIS offers an exciting work environment for interdisciplinary research at the interface between the social sciences and computer science. As an infrastructure institution, we promote social science research and cooperate with renowned international research institutes.

GESIS supports your PhD, i.e., with our GESIS Doctoral Program. GESIS supports your career development. We offer a wide range of career opportunities in an attractive and rewarding work environment that allows you to carry out your tasks in a creative and autonomous manner. You will work in an international environment in the heart of Cologne and benefit from our flexible working conditions as well as our extensive internal and external networks.

GESIS is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to disability regulations.

We are a family-friendly employer and have been certified by the audit Work&Family since 2010.

You will find further information here.