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Scientific Director of the department "Social Monitoring and Social Change"

Together with Mannheim University, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences seeks to appoint a Scientific Director of the department "Social Monitoring and Social Change".

The position is available immediately. In line with the "Jülicher" model the successful candidate will simultaneously be appointed Professor (W3) in Sociology at Mannheim University’s School of Social Sciences. The joint appointment is initially limited to five years and renewable based on performance. Contractual details for the position will be negotiated with the successful applicant. The professorship entails a teaching load of two hours per week at the university. Appointment requirements are according to the provisions of the Higher Education Act of Baden-Württemberg.

GESIS is the largest research based service provider for the Social Sciences in Europe. It stands for independence, reliability, quality and competence in the Social Sciences. Monitoring societal developments is a central objective of the Social Sciences. The department “Social Monitoring and Social Change” supports this endeavor by providing resources for describing and analyzing social change. Additionally it supports universities and research institutions in their effort to realize gender equality by providing extensive information and consultation on this topic. GESIS is funded by the German federal and state governments and is a member of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

The Scientific Director leads a team of dedicated scientists and professionals. She or he represents GESIS in national and international committees and participates in the strategic decision-making in GESIS’ Board of Directors. She or he

  • should be a social scientist with excellent certified knowledge in international empirical social research and a particular expertise in social inequality, structural change including population dynamics, gender inequality and/or migration and integration,
  • should have the necessary skills to manage a department of currently 48 employees. Management skills may have to be demonstrated during the course of the selection process, e.g. in an Assessment Center,
  • should have a track record in securing external funding from national and international programs,
  • should be fluent in English, able to speak German at level B2, and have knowledge of the German and international research landscape

GESIS and the Mannheim University seek to increase the share of women in executive scientific positions and thus emphatically encourage qualified women to apply. The European workandfamily audit certifies that GESIS provides a sustainable frame to support the compatibility of work and private life. Individuals with severe disabilities take precedence over applicants equal in aptitude, qualification, and professional merits not privileged by law.

GESIS offers a competitive salary and the substantial benefits associated with a University Professorship. Candidates should address their electronic applications with the usual supporting documentation as one document to the President of GESIS (bewerbung-mannheim [at] (bewerbung-mannheim(at)gesis(dot)org)). Closing date: 31. December 2017. For further information visit:

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