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Research Assistant / Associate (f/m/d) – Post-Doc

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The Chair of methods of empirical social research at the institute of sociology at RWTH Aachen University (Prof. Thomas Grund) works interdisciplinary and empirical. Our completed and ongoing research projects primarily focus on quantitative as well as simulation-based analyses of social networks from different fields in the social sciences. This includes research about and with, as well as further development of statistical procedures for social network analyses (e.g. ERGMs, SAOMs), mechanisms of homophily or simulation-based modelling of segregation dynamics. While our research projects are based on different fields of application (e.g. criminology, sports, social relations), we apply the approach of analytical sociology to investigate explanatory mechanisms that constitute social phenomena. We achieve this by linking problem-driven research of relevant societal questions with a strong methodological expertise.

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We expect an excellent Doctoral/PhD degree in the Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences), Statistics, Computational Social Science or Computer Sciences. Further qualifications should cover:

  • Experience with planning and conducting quantitative research projects
  • Relevant publications (especially in international journals)
  • Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding
  • Excellent communication skills in English 

The successful candidate should have a research focus in one of the following areas:

  • Quantitative research on social networks
  • Simulation-based approaches on modelling social phenomena
  • Online experiments 

Your Duties and Responsibilities

Your main task will be to help set up a new research agenda investigating assumptions of social network models on actors’ perceptions of network ties. Thus, the successful candidate will conduct literature reviews, search for data sources, conduct data analyses and write grant proposals.

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.

The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and offered for a fixed term up to March 31, 2024.

An extension of the employment relationship is planned, but conditional on successful acquisition of funding.

The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).

This is a full-time position with the possibility of a part-time contract upon request.

This is a full-time position (100 % of the standard weekly hours for full-time employees) and comes with a teaching obligation of 4 SWS in areas such as advanced research methods, social network analyses, social simulation. A part-time position with reduced teaching obligation is also possible.

The position comes with generous support for workshop and conference attendance.

We provide a family-friendly environment and encourage applications from abroad. German is no requirement.                                                                                               

The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).

The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L. 


If you have any questions, please contact 

Dr. Robert Hellpap

Tel.: +49  241 80-96229
[email protected] 

Please send your application by August 15, 2022 to 

Dr. Robert Hellpap
Chair of methods of empirical social research
Eilfschornsteinstraße 7            
52062 Aachen, Germany 

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via email to : [email protected]. For data protection reasons, however, we recommend sending applications via mail.

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.

RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
As RWTH is committed to equality of opportunity, we ask you not to include a photo in your application.

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