Post-doctoral Researcher / Research Engineer at the FSW Societal Analytics Lab

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 30 Jun 2024

3 May 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

30 Jun 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

At the newly founded VU FSW Societal Analytics Lab we are looking for a post-doctoral researcher / research engineer to advance the computational social science paradigm at the VU faculty of Social Science.

The VU FSW Societal Analytics Lab was founded to support social science scholars in using computational techniques. Computational social science offers a wide range of new opportunities for conducting innovative research, but leveraging these opportunities demands a unique set of skills, tools and resources that many social science researchers currently lack access to. The Societal Analytics Lab aims to bridge this gap by providing essential resources and support for both seasoned computational social scientists and those just beginning to explore these methods.

As a post-doctoral researcher at the VU FSW Societal Analytics Lab, you will be at the center of the computational social science wave. As a research engineer, you will create, maintain and facilitate research software, and be the expert on using advanced computational resources, such as the BAZIS compute cluster and our own hardware (e.g., servers, GPU nodes). As lab manager and open science champion, you fulfill a pivotal role in running and steering the lab. Together with the lab directors (Wouter van Atteveldt and Kasper Welbers) you will monitor new opportunities, arrange investments in new hardware, foster computational literacy among researchers through tutorials and workshops, and help FSW scholars in integrating computational techniques in their research and grant proposals.

In addition to developing a wide range of skills, and establishing yourself as an all-round computational social science expert, you will have the opportunity to work on novel methodological research and collaborate in interdisciplinary studies. In this position you will be embedded in the Faculty of Social Science, and encouraged to engage in collaborations with lab members from all departments (Communication Science, Political Science, Sociology, Organization science, Anthropology and Philanthropy).

Jouw taken

  • develop, implement and publish about cutting-edge computational techniques and tools
  • manage the lab’s tools and resources, and make them easily accessible to its members
  • engage with social science researchers to provide support or collaborate
  • organize workshops, hackathons and other events to foster interdisciplinary and international collaborations
  • present lab results (verbally and written) to the steering committee of the faculty

Specific Requirements
  • a Ph.D. in the social sciences, with a strong background in computational social science; or a Ph.D. in a relevant technical field (CS, AI, NLP) and a strong affinity in social science. Candidates without a Ph.D. but with equivalent relevant experience can also be considered.
  • strong research skills and interest in working in an interdisciplinary team
  • good programming skills, and the eagerness to pick up multiple languages (R, Python, Javascript) and ecosystems/frameworks (e.g., Tidyverse, Huggingface, React)
  • good social skills, interest in disseminating and community-building, and willingness to work with both technologically and substantively oriented colleagues
  • experience with good software development practices (e.g., git / version control, testing)
  • experience with hosting websites and applications is a plus (e.g., server management, docker)
  • you’re a kind person

Additional Information

A thriving position in a socially engaged organization.

  • a salary of minimum € 3.226,00 (Scale 10.0) and maximum € 5.929,00 (Scale 11.11) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile Researcher 3 or Researcher 4. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • a position for 0.8-1.0 FTE depending on inclusion of teaching and/or work on related funded projects. Your employment contract will initially last 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 3 years.

The intended start date is preferably September 1, 2024.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:

  • A maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until July 1st, 2024. The first round of job interviews will be executed through Zoom and is planned for the second week of July. Final candidates may be invited to a second round (on-campus or on-line). Submitting a diploma is part of the application process.

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
De Boelelaan 1105

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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