The Collaborative Research Centre 1342 invites applications for the position of a PhD Researcher in Computer Science/Human-Computer Interaction, salary scale TV-L 13 (100%) starting as soon as possible.

The Collaborative Research Centre 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” at the University of Bremen invites applications for the following academic position – under the condition of job release –

PhD Researcher in Computer Science / Human-Computer Interaction

Salary Scale TV-L 13 (100%) starting as soon as possible. The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021.

Reference number: A189/18

The position is part of the Collaborative Research Centre “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) funded by the German Research Foundation and will be located within the project A01 “Measuring the global dynamics of social policy and cross-national interdependencies—Co-Creating the Global Welfare State Information System (WeSIS)”.

Project Description

The project aims to quantify the dynamics of socio-political interdependencies between countries on a global scale. For this, a web-based information system will be developed, which allows a comprehensive analysis of such interdependencies and which will empower social scientists to leverage state-of-the-art machine learning and visualisation tools. This system will be co-created by an interdisciplinary team of 12 experts from the fields of political science, geography, and computer science. Together, we will envision, implement and evaluate novel software tools and techniques. The web-based information system will be the first to enable the dynamic measurement of social policy and horizontal and vertical interdependencies between countries on a global scale. WeSIS will also aggregate the findings of the collaborative research centre in a central space. Eventually, WeSIS will contain data on social policy, country-specific characteristics, and political, economic, and social interdependencies across states as well as the countries’ integration into international organisations.

The goal of our computer science team in this project is to do groundbreaking research in the interdisciplinary field of computational social science by developing innovative tools and methods to empower the social scientists, making use of the special opportunity to collaborate with experts from multiple fields within the Collaborative Research Centre.


Our research questions will focus on the empowerment of social scientists through computational methods, especially in the areas of machine learning and data visualisation i.e., data science. Therefore, we are looking for a computer scientist interested in these areas.
Together with a large group of social scientists, we will co-create an information system that gives a holistic picture of the global welfare state, made available as a web platform. With this in mind, our role includes to lead the design of the system within the co-creation process and to apply human-computer interaction principles throughout the design, development, and evaluation.

Your focus will be the development of machine learning and natural language processing applications. You will support creating the database management system and the system infrastructure.


University of Bremen



Master’s degree in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Media, Media Informatics, or a related field
programming experience in one or more object-oriented programming languages such as Python, Ruby, Java, or equivalent
experience with web development
experience with database design and development


experience with machine learning
interest in advancing social science by envisioning and implementing computational social science tools
experience with computational social science
experience with user-centered and participatory design
experience with co-creation

Language requirements:

fluency in English

Educational level:

Master Degree

How to apply:

Please mention NLP People as a source when applying


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