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Current status of application procedure

  • Appointment offer to the first-placed candidate (26.01.2021)
The Faculty for Sociology is seeking to fill the position of a

Junior Professor (W1, no tenure track) for Applied Social Data Science

as soon as possible.

Candidates should be excellent junior scientists and able to contribute to research and teaching in the field of social data science at Bielefeld University. Associated with the professorship is the position as managing director of the Leibniz-ScienceCampus “Studying Regional Development Dynamics and their Political Consequences: SOEP RegioHub at Bielefeld University“. The Leibniz-ScienceCampus funded by the Leibniz Association is a research cluster of Bielefeld University and the research infrastructure institute Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

The successful candidate will be expected to be an internationally visible scholar of survey research as well as research of social media data having published in peer-reviewed journals of the field. We also expect experience in sociological research using longitudinal data of the Socio-Economic Panel and documented experiences in acquiring research grants and project management.

We expect the successful candidate to show an autonomous and active manner of working, the ability to work as a member of a team, and a clear willingness to strengthen research cooperation within the faculty as well as in interdisciplinary projects. A broad research agenda studying different aspects of survey research (e.g., survey sampling, measurement error, mode effects) in association with different dimensions of social inequality (e.g., health, migration, gender/sexuality) is highly welcome. We prefer candidates with documented experiences collecting and analyzing online as well as regional data. Experience with record linkage procedures is a plus. Research experiences abroad are welcomed.

The professorship will provide teaching in all BA and MA study programs of the Faculty of Sociology. Teaching will include both substantial sociological courses and courses related to quantitative methods and data science. We prefer candidates with documented teaching experience in both fields.
The appointment will be for three years. Given a successful evaluation in accordance with the general Bielefeld University guidelines, it can be extended for another three years. Preconditions for the professorship are a university degree in the social sciences (sociology and related disciplines), pedagogical aptitude, as well as a doctorate in the social sciences. Requirements according to § 36 HG NRW will be exclusively and extensively evaluated in the recruitment procedure (§ 36 HG).

Applications from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the provision of equal opportunity and has been recognized as a family-friendly university. The university welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in Information Technology and Craft. Applications are handled according to the state's equal opportunity statutes.
Applications must include the usual documents (CV, two-page research and teaching concept, list of publications with the ten most important highlighted, information about previous teaching activities and third-party funding, copies of academic degrees). Please refrain from the submission of papers for the time being.

Applications should be send by e-mail as a single PDF document by August 27, 2020 to: 


or via postal mail to:

Bielefeld University
Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Sociology
Postfach 10 01 31
D–33501 Bielefeld

Please do not send application portfolios and submit photocopies only (no original documents) as all application papers will be destroyed after the selection procedure!

Please note that risks to confidentiality and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be ruled out when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. Information on the processing of personal data can be found at: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Aktuelles/Stellenausschreibungen/2019_DS-Hinweise_englisch.pdf