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Postdoc position (f/m/d) in the research project "The Future of Prediction: The Social Consequences of Algorithmic Forecast in Insurance, Medicine and Policing"
The Faculty of Sociology offers a full-time
(E13 TV-L, non-permanent position)
starting February 1st, 2020.
We are offering a Postdoc position in a research project led by Prof. Elena Esposito with the title "The Future of Prediction: The Social Consequences of Algorithmic
Forecast in Insurance, Medicine and Policing". It is a long-term project funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). The project aims to explore
the social consequences of the algorithmic turn of prediction connected with big data and machine learning through a set of theory-driven empirical studies of the transition
from probabilistic forms of uncertainty management to the new algorithmic forms of prediction. In the medical field the project focusses on Precision Medicine (PM), analysing
the consequences of the shift from statistical procedures to big data and machine learning to define disease and to test treatments.
The tasks include in particular:
carry out a semantic analysis of the rise of precision medicine over the past two decades in a study of archives of biomedical journals (40%)
contribute to the analysis of the technical features of probabilistic and algorithmic techniques in the field of Precision Medicine (30%)
support the researchers in the analysis of the computational aspects of the research (20%)
participate in project activities and work together with the research team on the common goals of the project (10%)
PhD degree in data science, computer science, computational social science, informatics or related fields
competence in machine learning and data analytics
experience working in interdisciplinary research teams
excellent knowledge of English
independent, self-responsible and committed way of working
cooperative and team-oriented way of working
interest in predictive techniques and archival research
interest in interdisciplinary research issues
Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 of the Wage Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L). As stipulated in § 2 (1) paragraph 1 of the WissZeitVG
(fixed-term employment), the contract will end after three years. In accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the
length of contract may differ in individual cases. The employment is designed to encourage further academic qualification.
In principle, this full-time position may be changed into a part-time position, as long as this does not conflict with official needs.
Bielefeld University is particularly committed to equal opportunities and the career development of its employees. It offers attractive internal and external training and further
training programs. Employees have the opportunity to use a variety of health, counselling, and prevention programs. Bielefeld University places great importance on a work-family
balance for all its employees.
For full consideration, your application should be received via either post (see postal address below) or e-mail (a single PDF) document sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the December 13th, 2019. Please mark your
application with the identification code wiss19264. Please do not use application portfolios and send only photocopies of original documents
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Fakultät für Soziologie
Frau Prof. Dr. Elena Esposito
P.O. Box: 10 01 31
Name: Prof. Dr. Elena Esposito
Phone: +49 30 8900 1233
Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements as an equal-opportunity employer and has been recognized as a family-friendly university.
The university welcomes applications from women. This is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in information
technology as well as the skilled crafts and trades. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state statutes on equal opportunity. Applications
from suitably qualified handicapped and severely handicapped persons are explicitly encouraged.