Four year post doc in #digitalsociology

The Technical University Berlin seeks a:

Research Associate (Post-Doc) – Salary Grade 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen
Part-time employment may be possible.

The Institute for Sociology is starting a research group on „Entrepreneurial Group Dynamics“, that is funded in the Freigeist-Programme by VolkswagenFoundation ( A subproject will build a multi-level dataset through crowdsourcing that allows to track changes in the constellation of entrepreneurial groups in the long-run. We are looking for a motivated and engaged individual leading this subproject.

Faculty VI – Institute for Sociology
Reference number: VI-580/16 (starting March 1, 2017 until August 31, 2021, closing dates for applications December 2, 2016)

Working Field: We are looking for post holders that combine passion and skills for the advancement of methods and methodology in organizational and economic sociology and do research on exploring uses of crowdsourcing in academia. The applicant shall develop a quantitative dataset capturing the dynamics of entrepreneurial groups using crowdsourcing. This includes the selection and testing of adequate data sources that shall be used via documentary analysis (such as newspaper articles, industry reports, business registries, websites); the development of a handbook documenting the steps of data collection process for the crowdsourcing process; coordinating the design of a crowdsourcing platform through external partners; and supervising the data collection process through crowdsourcing; validating the emerging dataset and independently analyzing the data using advanced statistical methods. The post holder will communicate the process of and findings of this project through academic presentations and publications as well as public relations. We offer a personal career development plan facilitating career goals within and beyond academia. Solo authored publishing and research is explicitly welcomed. Habilitation and a multi-week exchange with DUKE university may be possible.

Requirements: Successful candidates must have a completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) and a PhD (Dr.) in social sciences or a related discipline with the focus on methods of social research. You can prove very good skills in collecting, preparing and analyzing standardized data, especially process-oriented data (e.g. public administrative data, business data) and digital methods. You are experienced in the construction and handling of multi-level datasets and panel data and have very good knowledge of multivariate statistics (such as multilevel analysis, sequential analysis) and network analysis. You are academically self-reliant, skilled in the use of statistical analysis software (such as STATA, R, SPSS), ideally skilled in CMS. Language skills in German and English are required. We welcome team players looking for collegial exchange.

Please email your application with the reference number and the usual documents (in particular letter of motivation, CV including a list of publications, research profile, credentials) preferably by email in a single pdf-file to or in writing to Technische Universität Berlin – Der Präsident- Fakultät VI, Institut für Soziologie, Dr. Stamm, Skr. FH 9-1, Frauenhoferstrasse 33-36, 10578 Berlin.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored.

Please send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

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