registration number: fb03-0004-wmz-2023


Entry date:
September 1st, 2023


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


3 years


Volume of employment:
part-time (50 %)

The Philipps University, founded in 1527, offers multiple award-winning teaching for around 22,000 students and tackles the important issues of our time with excellent research across a broad spectrum of science.

The Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Institute of Political Science is currently accepting applications for a

Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in the field of Computational Social Science

The position is offered for a period of 3 years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is 1st September 2023. The position is part-time (50 % of regular working hours) with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 50 %).

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated PhD student who will implement an independent PhD project in the field of Computational Social Science under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Julia Schulte-Cloos.


  • Independent scientific work aimed at a doctorate in the field of computational social science, preferably within the research area of the professorship (e.g. political behaviour, empirical democracy research, party competition with a focus on OECD democracies)
  • Collaboration and organisational support in research and teaching activities of the Chair
  • scientific services in research and teaching

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.


  • Completed academic university degree (M.A., M.Sc., or comparable) in a social science subject (e.g. political science, sociology, communication science) or STEM subject (e.g. computer science)
  • Interest in an ambitious PhD project in the field of computational social science that makes a theoretically and empirically relevant contribution while applying innovative research methods
  • Interest in active exchange and networking within the scientific research community (e.g. through participation in workshops, summer schools, or conferences)
  • Affinity to quantitative methods; experience with machine learning techniques, programming of online experiments, automated text and image analysis or version control with Git are an asset
  • Advanced knowledge of the programming languages R and/or Python or willigness to acquire such knowledge
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork and ability to work independently

What we offer:

  • An inspiring working environment as part of the Department for Political Science and the Marburg Center for Digital Culture and Infrastructure (MCDCI)
  • A workplace in a recently renovated, listed old building on the Firmanei campus in the city center of Marburg - one of the most beautiful university locations in Germany
  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours (including the possibility to switch between onsite and remote work)
  • An extensive internal and external training programme
  • The Hesse state ticket, which allows free use of local transport throughout Hesse

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g. by through the Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office.

Contact for more Information

Prof. Dr. Schulte-Cloos

+49 6421 28-24382


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. A reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications.

Please submit your complete application documents consisting of:

  • Cover letter in which you outline your motivation
  • Research proposal for a doctoral project (2-4 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • BA and, if possible, MA diploma
  • Transcript of Records
  • Contact details of two scholars who could be contacted for a reference letter if necessary,
  • Writing sample, e.g. term paper or master's thesis

Please apply by 18.06.2023 using the button below.

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