Professor of Data Science and Public Policy and Director of Hertie School Data Lab

Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
A European Professional School for Public Policy is recruiting a

Professor of Data Science and Public Policy
Director of Hertie School Data Lab

Open rank

The Hertie School of Governance is an international teaching and research center of excellence that prepares students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. An internationally-recruited faculty, interdisciplinary in outlook, research, and teaching, offers analytically challenging and practice-oriented courses on governance, policy analysis, management, and leadership. As a professional school, the Hertie School faculty has a strong commitment to high-quality teaching. Our goal is to help students grow intellectually in a professional, research-intensive environment, characterized by public debate and engagement.

The Hertie School is recruiting a scholar for an open-rank faculty position in computational social science. The desired candidate’s research will apply advanced computational methods to the automated retrieval, management, analysis and visualization of social science data with an application to policy-relevant questions embedded in a core social science (political science, economics, sociology) or related discipline. The position is full-time and multifaceted. The professor will advance a distinguished body of personal scholarship and teach in the Hertie School’s graduate (MPP, MIA, PhD) and executive programs. At the same time, s/he will serve as the founding director of the Hertie School Data Lab, a new center at the School. In recognition of the burgeoning talent in this field, the professorship is open rank. Early-career candidates will enter a formal tenure track. The intended start date is spring 2019.

The Data Lab will play a central role in the School’s expansion. Under the supervision of the Director, Data Lab staff will offer a regular schedule of brief technical and data science micro-courses; provide assistance to the School community with research design, survey design, data visualization, statistical analysis and programming; and develop, update, curate and publish a series of flagship governance indicators emerging from faculty research and the Data Lab’s own efforts. Public visibility through research, digital scholarship and creative data visualization is desired.

The School will offer substantial resources to support the Director in developing the lab.

We are interested in candidates with highly developed programming skills who demonstrate the capacity for independent research at the highest levels in their discipline, through a record of publication in top outlets. The Hertie School seeks faculty dedicated to high-quality teaching and innovative research of potential interest to the international scholarly community and policy-makers. Candidates are expected to show full commitment to working in an interdisciplinary, international environment with English as the language of instruction and operation.

We offer an internationally competitive salary in line with the candidate’s qualifications, a formal tenure track for early-career faculty, excellent working conditions, a vibrant research environment, and a lively community of policy debate in the political heart of Germany.

The Hertie School particularly encourages applications from female scholars and from candidates with international backgrounds.

The deadline for submission of applications is 2 April 2018. The Hertie School will review applications that include a letter of motivation and a current curriculum vitae (publication list, degrees earned, if applicable: positions held, teaching experience, research projects, awards received) two writing samples and, if applicable, teaching evaluations. Applicants should list contact information for three references. Early career candidates should have three letters of recommendation sent from professors familiar with their work.

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For questions about the position, please contact President Professor Helmut K. Anheier ( or Professor Mark Kayser (

Strict confidentiality in the application process is assured. The Hertie School is an equal opportunity employer.